(Blog title stolen directly from Jay.)
We’ve been back from vacation for just under a week, and I’m still digging out from all the stuff that piles up when you take 2 weeks out of your normal life to travel across the country and pretend that normal life doesn’t exist. We had a lovely time. But kidlet’s come down with a yucky cough, and fever, and I’m still adjusting from the time zone shift, so I’m going to borrow these prompts from Jay and give myself a little original thought break.
The prompts are in bold, and then explained below – my responses are in italics.
What puts a smile on your face?
Following what makes you truly happy is a wonderful way to figuring out what you were put on Earth for. Think about something that you do or that perhaps you used to do that brings you total happiness!
I feel like such a cliche with this answer but, my kid. Becoming a mother has changed my life in ways I NEVER imagined. Watching him figure stuff out, and listening to him talk crack me up. His dad and I spend a few minutes every night recounting the cute stuff he did that day, and we find ourselves laughing and smiling about it. I don’t think I was put on this earth to have my kid, but I also don’t really think in terms of why I was put on this earth.
What do you find easy?
What we find easy for us to do, will be related to what we are passionate about. It’s very hard to hate something that is very easy for us!
Talking to people. Speaking about things I am knowledgeable and passionate about is easy. Challenging assumptions is easy for me.
What sparks your creativity?
Think about something in your life where you seem to always expand its horizon, always coming up with new, fun, and exciting ideas relating to that subject. Whatever makes you creative is something that you are passionate about.
I don’t know. I’ve been lacking creativity lately. I’ve actually been wondering how to ignite some creativity, because I’m happier when I’m making something. I have stacks of fabric that I want to quilt, but I look at it and think, Eh, I have NO IDEA what to do with it. And I walk away from it.
What would you do for free?
Think about something that you would just love to do, even if you were not getting paid. Think about something that you look forward to do, something that you wish you could do all the time.
There’s not a lot I would do for free, if being paid was an option. I’m too much of pragmatist as far as valuing my contribution is concerned. (i.e., we live in a world that rewards value with money. I demand that reward for a valuable contribution.)
What do you like to talk about?
Most of the time, we aren’t aware of this. A good way to figure this out properly, is to ask your friends. Ask them what they believe you like to talk about the most, what topic makes your eyes brighten up, and changes your entire behavior.
Gender constructs, personal autonomy, systems of oppression, healthcare access, historical context, abortion, bodily domain, kyriarchy…
What makes you unafraid of failure?
When you do what you are passionate about, you have total confidence in your abilities. This makes you not worry about failing, because in your mind, how can you fail when you do what you love?
Ha! I don’t think there is anything that I do that doesn’t have a shadow of failure hanging around. Which is why, in some aspects of my life, I spend too much time just going with the flow. It’s way easier to get bumped around by the tide than it is to try to CHANGE it.
What would you regret not having tried?
If you were at the end of your life, what would you regret not having pursued? What would you have liked to do, that you didn’t get a chance to?
I’m pretty sure that at the end of my life, the only thing I would regret is not spending more time with the people I love. Everything else is just…stuff.
Easy post. Get me back into the blogging groove.
Happy New Year!