Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Life Questionnaire

While looking up conductor Gustavo Dudamel today [more coming on him], I came across a few questions to ponder, first popularized by Marcel Proust and more recently Bernard Pivot. I've consolidated most of the questions, slightly modified, into one list and published my thoughts below:

Most important character attributes I possess
Passion // Drive // Perseverance

Most important character attribute I'm working on
Consistency // Reliability

The quality that I like to see in a man
Honesty // Direct Communication

The most important quality in a woman
Understanding // Love // Sensitivity

Your friends' most important qualities
Loyalty // Trust

My greatest strength
Dedication // Leadership

My greatest weakness
Self // Ego

My favorite pastime
Sports // Activities with Friends & Family

My dream of happiness
A balanced life of career, family & adventure

What would be the biggest tragedy for me
Not having lived life to the fullest extent

What its your favorite occupation
Trying new things

The country where I would like to live
Already live there

Favorite author
Miguel de Cervantes

Favorite poet
Rudyard Kipling

Favorite literary hero
Howard Roark

Favorite literary heroin
Amélie (literary-ish)

Favorite composer
Beethoven // Scott Joplin // Franz Liszt // Depeche Mode

Favorite painter
Keith Haring // Gary Larson (painter-ish)

My heroes in real life
John Wayne // Ronald Regan // Joe Montana // Tiger Woods

Favorite name
Taylor // Ashley

What I hate the most

Historical personalities I despise most
Adolf Hitler // Josef Stalin // Sadaam Hussein

Military deed that I admire most
Spartacus' gladiator rebellion

The reform that I admire most

Natural talent that I would like to have
Natural ability to see only the best in others

How I would like to die

Current spiritual orientation
Respectful of most religious beliefs

That smell that brings you back to childhood
Chocolate chip cookies

Your preferred aroma
Mountains // Forests // Campfires

My motto
People that take responsibility for their own happiness are usually happier people.

What inspires you creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Success // Results of Efforts

What turns you off?

What sound or noise do you love?

What sound or noise do you hate?
Alarms of all kinds

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Athlete // Doctor // Politician

What profession you would not like to do?
Anything mundane or repetitive

If God exists, what would you like to hear him say to you after your death?
“Whatever you may have lacked in faith, you more than made up for with goodness, virtue, and kindness.”

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