Proust Questionnaire, plus a little extra

I had to fill this out at work today, so I thought I’d share my answers with the internet.

1. Name a color.
Peach

2. Give 3 words to describe that color.
Mild, pleasant, comforting.

3. Name an animal.
Dolphin.

4. Give 3 words to describe that animal.
Intelligent, curious, aerodynamic.

5. Name a body of water.
Pacific Ocean.

6. Name 3 adjectives to describe that body of water.
Massive, dynamic, calming.

7. Imagine a sealed white room with no windows and no doors and describe how it feels to you.
Confining, terrifying, “crazy,” clean.

Proust Questionnaire

  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
    Wanting to be where you are, doing what you love, surrounded by people you love.
  2. What is your greatest fear?
    Being stuck–literally & figuratively.
  3. Which living person do you most admire?
    Oprah.
  4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
    Close-mindedness.
  5.  What is your greatest extravagance?
    Food.
  6. What is your favorite journey?
    To Vancouver (via Portland).
  7. On what occasion do you lie?
    When the truth would cause unnecessary pain.
  8. Which living person do you most despise?
    I don’t.
  9. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
    “Clearly”
    “Vancouver
    “like”
  10. What is your greatest regret?
    Choosing to leave Vancouver in 2010.
  11. When and where were you happiest?
    Vancouver, B.C., July 2010.
  12. What is your current state of mind?
    Frustrated/searching/confused.
  13. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
    I would make myself more trusting.
  14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
    Tie: Winning an award for directing a play I wrote/moving to a different country knowing no one and finding a community of amazing people who I love and who love me.
  15. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be?
    A butterfly.
  16. If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
    A lotus.
  17. What is your most treasured possession?
    My laptop.
  18. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
    Feeling worthless, like your life has no meaning or purpose.
  19. Where would you like to live?
    Vancouver, London, Sydney, Amalfi Coast, a Spanish-speaking country…
  20. What is your favorite occupation?
    (That I’ve had) Tutor.
  21. What is your most marked characteristic?
    Making people feel comfortable.
  22. What quality do you most like in a man?
    Follow through.
  23. What quality do you most like in a woman?
    Intuition.
  24. Who are your favorite writers?
    Paulo Coelho, Amy Tan, Kurt Vonnegut, Bill Bryson, Bassey Ikpi.
  25. Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
    The shepherd from The Alchemist.
  26.  Who are your favorite heroes in real life?
    I don’t know. People who do the right thing even when it doesn’t benefit them.
  27. What is [it] that you most dislike?
    Lying/unapologetic selfishness.
  28. How would you like to die?
    Quickly & painlessly.
  29. What color are you interested in right now?
    Sea blue.
  30. What is your motto?
    There is more to health than diet.
    There is more to life than health. 
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About J.

A former twentysomething with a head full of curls and heart full of questions wondering: when we get to nirvana, will there be food?
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