Free Your Mind Monday…

I drove to work today and heard no less than 8 Whitney Houston songs on the way here.  I’m pretty sure that is enough to last me forever.  Sadly, I’m sure I’ll hear at least 8 more on the way home. 

Anywa…I don’t know how much more free my mind is now that I’ve been answering these questions…but I’m really enjoying them.  They have certainly made me think about some things I wouldn’t have ordinarily.  And after today I’m halfway through!  So here goes…

21.  Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?

A worried genius.  I think it would be horrible to go through life without questioning or learning anything new.  Knowledge gives you the power to take care of yourself and to make your life better.  It might come with some worries, but I’d rather have those worries that be ignorant.

22. Why are you, you?

We are all a collection of our life’s experiences.  Our families, where we were born, the friends we make, the jobs we do…all of these mold us into the people we are.  I am me because of the things I’ve experienced in my life.  If I’d been born in a different place or had different friends or done different things, I would be a completely different person.

23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?

Not when I was in high school.  I let my lack of self-confidence and my desire to be popular influence some decisions I made and I ended up hurting some of my friends because of that.  However, now that I’m older and I’ve grown up and I’ve figured out what is important in life, I’d say that, yes, I am the kind of friend I would want as a friend.  I love my friends and I value my friendships a great deal.  I work hard to make sure I’m always there for them and that they know exactly how much I care for them.

24. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?

Definitely losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you.  Many of my closest friends live far away and, although we can’t see each other very often, we manage to stay in contact via phone and email…and we make the time we do spend together count.  So having a friend move away would be upsetting, but it would certainly not be the end of a friendship.  If it’s possible to maintain close friendships with people who live far away, it’s really a shame when you lose a friendship with someone who is close by.  All friendships take an effort, but a friendship with someone who is close by should be easier to maintain.

25. What are you most grateful for?

I am grateful for so many things.  In fact, I once wrote a list of the 101 things I’m grateful for.  But if I have to choose one thing I’d have to say it’s my family.  We are close and we are always there for each other no matter what.  That’s a wonderful gift to have and I consider myself extremely lucky to have it.

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Wow…halfway through.  I’m really looking forward to the rest of the questions.  I was skimming them yesterday and there are some good ones coming up.