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I suppose I need to know myself a bit better too.

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Shall we begin? Photo by Braydon Anderson on Unsplash

The last time I did a questionnaire… It must have been during my university years. Late nights with my housemates, giggling at the results telling us which character we were in movies or which superheroes we were in comics.

So, when Robin Klammer tagged me in her piece:

and I read the questions she posted and actually love it, I thought I’ll give it a good go myself.

Shall we?

1. Do you like forensic crime shows? Why or why not?

I watched this kind of show so much my brother asked me, “What’s wrong with you? Why do like watching this kind of stuff so much?” after the umpteenth time he overheard one of the murder / kidnap / serial killer cases I was listening to as I went about my chores.

Believe it or not, there are a lot to learn from all these crime shows. From the psyche of a serial killer (what makes them do what they do, for example) to crime prevention, there are plenty knowledge to mine (more on this in my upcoming piece).

2. Would you ever skydive?

I have, so far, paraglided (is this even a word?) and bungee jumped. My boyfriend and I are adrenaline junkie. We have driven (well, he drove me) 220km/hour on his massive Honda Africa Twin motorbike in Germany (I bloody love Autobahn). When I related the speeding story to my mother, she said, “Do whatever you like but next time, don’t tell me about it if it’s too crazy.

She had said the same thing about my bungee jumping.

Would I ever skydive? Well, as it happens, that is the next thing on my list.

Here’s the video of me jumping 83 metres in Rishikesh, India:

It’s really not that scary and once you take the leap, you’ll have this feeling that there is nothing in this world you cannot do.

It’s a great feeling.

3. What is one super power you wish you had?

I would love to fly too. As an avid traveller, flying was my first thought when I read the question. But then, time, is the most valuable commodity on Earth.

Just the thought of being able to freeze and stretch time excites me. Imagine the things we can do with this ability… We can pause the time for a couple of hours to read our favourite books (or do whatever our favourite pastimes are) and then resume it again when we go back to work or take care of our daily chores. That, would be awesome.

4. Do you hand wash your dishes?

YES, YES, and YES.

I love house chores (well, most of it anyway). They really calm my nerves. My favourite house chores would be ironing, cooking, baking, hand washing dishes and doing laundry. In that order.

It might sound weird but

Prior to that, I didn’t even know there’s a machine that can wash dishes.

There’s just something about hand-washing dishes. Even after I got acquainted with dishwasher, I still prefer to wash dishes with my hands. Even when there’s a dishwasher at home.

5. What is your least favourite task around the house?

As I’ve established that I love most house chores, there are a couple of things I dislike doing and the #1 thing I absolutely dislike to do is

I don’t think I have to elaborate on why I don’t like doing it. It’s…cleaning the bathroom. I think that says enough.

6. If you won the lottery, would you want everyone to know? Of claim it in disguise?

Money attracts all sort of people. I would be very very careful on how to proceed. I’ve never really won a lottery so I don’t really know how it works. Like, do you have to physically go to a place to claim the winning? I’ve seen pictures on newspapers of lottery winners taking a picture shaking hands with some people but in this era of technology, don’t you just get it transferred to your bank account or something?

I have no clue and I don’t think I ever will. My mother abhorred lottery because it’s considered as gambling and according to our belief, gambling is a mortal sin. She once said to me with a stern voice and steely eyes, “Don’t you ever ever touch that thing.

Well, I have never had the intention and besides, I believe in hard work. Yes we need luck but luck alone can’t do anything. It takes effort. Lots of effort.

7. If you were a ghost, who would you haunt?

Would love to see how they sort out and curate the pieces…

Ha! Kidding! I don’t want to wander aimlessly in this mortal world.

I would only stay if:

  • I am invisible and,
  • I can still touch things physically.

Oh, the things I could and would do! I could help those who are being robbed, for example. Give those robbers a kick in their teeth with my invisible legs, let them taste their own medicine. HAIYA! (Another plus point: all my kickboxing lessons wouldn’t have gone to waste).

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The Ghost Lady, training to save the world with her special Invisible Kick. Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

8. If there was such a thing as time travel, would you do it?

I pride myself for being the kind of lady who doesn’t regret anything in life. What’s the point? Can’t go back to fix whatever it is I think need fixing and even if I can go back to fix it, where would the learning be then?

And what for do I want to go to the future? Where’s the fun in knowing what will happen tomorrow?

Visiting the future will be like reading the last page of a book when you’ve just barely started reading.

Having said these, there is one moment. Just one moment in my life I would love to go back to. Not to fix nor change anything.

Just to say something.

I would love to go back to my mother’s very last moment of consciousness. Before she slipped into her coma. Before she slowly drifted away.

I would love to go back to that moment, hold her hands in mine and say to her,

Thank you for giving me life, and for raising me so well.
Sorry for all the things I’ve said and done that might have hurt you,
and I love you, no matter what happened, no matter what took place, no matter what I’ve said and done, I love you. Always have, and always will be.

Apart from that one particular moment in time, I found no use for a time machine at all.

9. Are you an optimist or pessimist?

A good friend of mine just recently told me, “It’s great that you’re all these sunshine and positivity but when you’re doing business, you’ve got to be realistic and get it in your head that sometimes, shit happens.

I’m paraphrasing (a little) but straight from the horse’s mouth, ladies and gentlemen! The lady who said those words to me? I’ve been friends with her for 15 years. Since we were in high school. So, yeah, she knows me alright.

I just can’t help it.

I mean, life is already hard enough sometimes.

10. Does the weather affect your moods?

I would love to say no and that my feelings are unshakeable, unaffected by external forces whatsoever.

But that would be a lie.

And I’m a terrible liar.

So…

Yes, unfortunately, my environment, my surroundings, does have a bearing on my moods, the weather of my inside world.

It’s been raining these past few days and it’s pretty gloomy. My mood has been running a bit low.

Final words

Wow. I haven’t done a test in like forever and boy did that feel like a test.

I hope I passed! I don’t really know what the benchmark is or if there’s even one, but I can promise you I have answered everything truthfully.

I hope you’ve gotten to know me a bit better after reading this piece. Now, I have come up with my own set of 10 questions that I would love to hear your thoughts on.

  1. If you are granted instant knowledge (without having to study) on everything there is to know about ONE single subject, what subject would that be and why?
  2. If you can make one change to the world we’re currently inhabiting, what would it be?
  3. What is your favourite word and why?
  4. What is your favourite TV show and why?
  5. Which TV show or movie character you would love to be and why?
  6. What’s the most difficult thing you have ever had to do in your life?
  7. Which country would you like to live in and why?
  8. Do you believe in giving people a second chance?
  9. What is your favourite book and why?
  10. If you can give people only one advice, what would it be?

I don’t normally tag people for this kind of prompts but I would really love to read your thoughts on this so, in no particular order,

Michelle Monet Don Feazelle James Knight P.G. Barnett JC Cullum Gillian Sisley Trisha Traughber Sylvia Wohlfarth D Abboh Jessica Lovejoy Quasimodo Helen Cassidy Page Lynette Clements Salathia Richburg Roy Tre L. Loadholt Adam, Diabetic Cyborg Matthew Donnellon Marta Mozolewska Andrew Knott Elle Rogers Erik Smith Tracy Nguyen Anna Rozwadowska Rose Mary Griffith Jack Herlocker Kyrie Gray Mo Solo Darcy Reeder S. Stefan Karabacak Thomas Gaudex Pablo Pereyra Mark Starlin Lindsay Lonai Linegar Bella Linda Ivana Knezevic Susan Christiana Guérin Asante Nuno Ricardo kurt gasbarra Yamini MacLean Shruti Sinha Vaishali Paliwal Dennett

Knowing myself, my goldfish memory, I’ve most probably missed some of you awesome people here. Please feel free to jump in and join the discussion, guys! I look forward to read your thoughts ❤

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Writer by heart. Teacher (English, Yoga, Pilates) by trade. Avid reader. World traveller. Model. You can reach me at agneslouis3108@gmail.com.

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