The Blue Sky Tag

I’ve been nominated for an award by delightful writer The Otherhood of One, it’s well worth checking out her blog if you’ve got some time…

I won’t do the nominating other people thing, because I know what busy bees you all are. Instead, here are the questions The Otherhood put to me, and they are gooduns, so if any of you feel like joining in, then I’d love to hear what you have to say.

  1. Name one life event that dramatically altered your life…
  2. Dreams: do you have them or chase them?
  3. What is your “favorite” feeling/emotion?
  4. Soon, we as a species may be colonizing in space.  Would you prefer to remain here on Earth, or go exploring with the pioneers?
  5. What other creative pursuits do you enjoy besides writing/blogging?
  6. Movies are expensive if you go to the theater.  What kind of movie are you most likely willing to pay for to see – drama, comedy, sci-fi/fantasy, docu-drama, etc?
  7. What animal “speaks” to you most these days?  (Can be wild or domesticated, real or imaginary.)
  8. Would you prefer to be happy, fulfilled or content in life?
  9. Are you any, or all, of the above?  Or none?
  10. If your “future” self could reveal one detail about what’s ahead for you, what would you want to know?
  11. What one thing would you like to tell those of us reading this post today

 

Name one life event that dramatically altered your life

Moving to Mexico in 2001. It was done in the most haphazard way possible. I went with someone I barely knew, we had almost no money, and no planned job or any contacts. I bought the cheapest tickets in Mexico that I could find (returns to Cancun) and then we spent the next month moving from place to place trying to find work. We finally settled in Mexico City, which is an intense, creative, polluted, brilliant, complex, hyperactive, scary explosion of a city. I think what I learnt from the whole experience was how it’s possible to do seemingly impossible things with a little cunning and a lot of blind stupidity. The person I went with that I barely knew ended up my best friend and we still live together, so that was also pretty important.

Dreams: do you have them or chase them?

Both. I’m definitely a dreamer, but I like the chase too. I have a sneaking suspicion that if I ever caught up with my dreams and they came true, I wouldn’t like it and I would then be stuck for something new to do, but the chances are that won’t happen, so I’m not worrying.

What is your “favourite” feeling/emotion?

Euphoria. I get it quite often, that feeling of Yes! This is it! This is the best idea ever! Unfortunately, while the feeling may be great, the actual ideas are often nonsense and the intensity of the feeling is no reflection on quality; there have been a few I’ve liked though.

Soon, we as a species may be colonizing in space. Would you prefer to remain here on Earth, or go exploring with the pioneers?

I’m fine here, I think. There are so, so many places on this planet that we’ve barely started on that I desperately want to see – the bottom of the sea, deep underground, further inside particles – I’d rather concentrate on them before I move off to outer space. I also have this feeling that going to outer space wouldn’t be as brilliant as it should be; I think it might be more like a cruise, where you spend ages trapped inside a big ship just waiting to get somewhere far away and when you do land you’re very restricted and can’t properly explore. If I could have a little buggy ship that I zip around the star systems in, that would be fun; but still, most other planets are likely to be less filled with bizarre life than our oceans.

What other creative pursuits do you enjoy besides writing/blogging?

 

I draw and paint, and my work partly involves putting plants together in a way that is hopefully beautiful.

Movies are expensive if you go to the theater. What kind of movie are you most likely willing to pay for to see – drama, comedy, sci-fi/fantasy, docu-drama, etc?

I don’t know what my perfect genre would be, but I thought Dr Strange was fun, if a bit nonsensical. (I loved the buildings collapsing in on themselves, but what happened to all the people inside? Wouldn’t they be crushed?) And I really enjoyed Trainspotting 2, although it was sad. I like films that give me a sense of bigness, like looking out at a horizon beneath a huge sky.

What animal “speaks” to you most these days? (Can be wild or domesticated, real or imaginary.)

Hmm, not sure. Birds chat to me quite a lot, but they’re quite repetitive. Me and various small many-legged pests often have a few words, although rarely friendly ones. It’s getting to that time of year when nature likes to invade; so birds start nesting in my plant pots, tiny frogs start appearing everywhere and we keep having to chase ducks outside.

Would you prefer to be happy, fulfilled or content in life?

And

Are you any, or all, of the above? Or none?

I’ve been thinking about this question all day, trying to work out exactly what the difference is and how I feel about them. These are my conclusions.

Happiness is more of a joyful excited feeling, while I think contentment is a peaceful acceptance in the mind. I guess fulfilled is achieving things you want to achieve (either personally or professionally) – but if there aren’t many things you actually want to achieve, then presumably you can feel permanently fulfilled.

I think contentment is a very nice idea, but my brain isn’t wired that way. The less my brain has to think about and the calmer life is, the more anxious and antsy I get. There have been very few delicious moments of total peace in my life, when I needed nothing, worried about nothing and felt blissfully peaceful; and those moments I had didn’t last for long. Given the option, I would have a contentment switch in my neck, so that I could experience a few pleasant hours once a week maybe – but then, would I ever want to switch it back?

I think I feel happy and fulfilled quite often, I love the sensation of my brain whirring away, so I tend to do creative things, learn whenever I can, have speculative rambles through my imagination or have ridiculous conversations about daft ideas. All those things make me happy. However, it’s a never-ending demand, so not exactly like filling something full, more like pouring stuff into a tube, while it pours out the bottom, so that the need is constant.

If your “future” self could reveal one detail about what’s ahead for you, what would you want to know?

I’d like to know if the book I wrote recently is going to get published, just so I know whether to keep making an effort.

What one thing would you like to tell those of us reading this post today?

Everything is going to be just fine, trust me; it may not feel like it at the moment, but it’ll all fall into place soon enough.

18 thoughts on “The Blue Sky Tag

  1. Oh… brilliant answers! Your personality shines through like sunlight on a cloudy day. I have a huge smile while reading this! Thanks so much for participating.

    I’m fascinated with your adventures in Mexico, and your talk of exploring our Earth. And I’m absolutely blown away by your analysis of happy, content and fulfilled!…

    I’m sitting home sick today, and this really made my day. So thank you! 😀

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  2. First off, congratulations! It’s always satisfying to be aporeciated. 🙂

    Good questions, deep answers. Not sure I’d be up to the detail you’ve given though — and I suspect some of my answers would change from day to day!

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    1. That’s the thing with answering questions, the answers do change with mood and situation – I’d go so far as to say we ourselves change. Be interested to hear your answers though, no matter how fickle 😉

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  3. Agree with all the other commenters. Wonderful answers that are beautifully written. Fantastic that you have been nominated for an award. Also saw Dr Strange and enjoyed it. I hoped the bending buildings were in another magical dimension and didn’t affect the people inside. It did look amazing.

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  4. Ink: Too many questions for my limited brain. I am beginning to suspect you are a paid shill to conduct a focus group. And, you must have deduced by now how I feel about corporate America. You’re a brilliant writer, I admit, but now I await the sales pitch…

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    1. George, George! It pains me to think you could be so suspicious of little old me. How about we see this issue as a development opportunity, hmm? I’ll put together a little questionnaire just for you, and let’s see what we can achieve together in a learning focused scenario, moving forward. Remember teamwork makes the dream work! 😀

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  5. Good Q & A.

    What is your “favorite” feeling/emotion? From sport or physical work – that perfect, Zen moment; something that can be repeated, but only with great difficulty. Then when it occurs, it is so effortless and pure.

    What animal “speaks” to you most these days? Living in the 4-season boreal forest year round, it is the birds, all of them. Chickadees, Pine Grosbeaks, crows, jays, eagles, Loons, geese, gulls, pelicans, Turkey Vultures, ducks, grouse, and hawks. We see their secret lives and how they are all connected. We are slowly involving ourselves in their hectic lives.

    What one thing would you like to tell those of us reading this post today?

    Janice and I are gradually and joyfully slipping into John Prine’s advice to, “Blow up your t.v. throw away your paper / Go to the country, build you a home / Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches / Try an find Jesus on your own…” But we are mildly addicted to Netflix and we are too far north to grow peaches. As for J.C. – he’s welcome, even if he takes the form of a Gaushawk or a Raven or maybe even a Kingfisher.

    allfornow – Mitch

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  6. These are such better questions than the run of the mill. I think I’d be terrified to ask the publishing question though it would tell me whether or not I was wasting my time BUT then I could tweak the story if it wasn’t going to be published as it was, since what we do in the present can change the future. Future vision is tricky.

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