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Fiendishly difficult (but interesting) questions from moonriddengirl:
<1> It's a Wonderful Life: Name three ways that you have significantly impacted the world or the lives of others. And no fair being modest.
Without being modest, this is a terribly difficult question. Of course I impact the world and others' lives every day -- but it's hard to put a finger on bits and pieces that were "significant". Hrm.
I suppose a lot of the jobs I've had working with kids would count. For a while, I ran a youth drop-in centre, and there's one kid in particular who comes to mind. He was generally a good kid, but so desperate for attention that he did the classic "acting out" to get it. My technique was basically to take him aside and hang out with him and basically be friends with him, thereby giving him the attention he was looking for. I like to think that it was a positive thing for him, that it let him think sometimes that people could like him even when he wasn't being the clown.
I taught my youngest brother how to play the piano a little, thereby nurturing his interest in music. He's now a much better guitar player than I am ever likely to be, so I can consider his musical interest appropriately nurtured.
According to my mother's thesis dedication, I had a significant impact on the time it took to finish! ;) Does that count? Am I off the hook yet?
<2> All the books for children are being burned but one. You choose. What is it, and why?
This is a cruel, cruel question. It's like having to pick a favorite child to save. I want to save them all!
But, if I really have to pick... Le Petit Prince would have to be it. Because it both is and is not a children's book. I loved it as a kid, and I continued to love it as I got older and started to appreciate the nuances and deeper elements. And in a world where there is only one kid's book, kids need to read about the power of the imagination.
<3> Look into your own crystal ball. What is your next major accomplishment or life milestone?
You know, this is difficult, because I've just completed a number of major accomplishments -- the new job being the biggest one, of course. I think the next really major thing will be buying a house. That will make me "really a grownup". It's a few years down the road still, but I've been daydreaming about it, so it may not be as far away as I think.
<4> Forget everything you believe or have ever been taught: what do you want the afterlike to be like?
An immense village, where everyone has their own little "psychic house" and there are acres and acres of pleasantly tamed wilderness, and we can all get to know each other the way we never did when we were alive, and also have time and space to get to know our own selves. And of course everyone gets along, and all the critters I've ever loved are there, and it's perpetually an idyllic sort of day (except when there are thunderstorms, and those are beautiful and dramatic and not in the least cold or frightening).
Like here, I guess, only better.
<5> Your life is a movie script, and you're the script doctor brought in to make it a better story. What two things do you change, and how?
Well, let's see. There will have to be some kind of dramatic event in my childhood (which is otherwise terribly boring and ordinary -- not movie material at all) -- probably a great tragedy, which will require redemption and overcoming adversity.
And since I seem to be talking melodramatic Hollywood movie, I probably have to marry R and live happily ever after. Hrm.
Y'know, that might be a better story, but I think I like my real life better.