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Proust’s Questionnaire


Proust’s Questionnaire

Consider Proust’s questions below and answer honestly in a blog post linked to my post, so I can read your answers. Please and thank you! Getting to know you is time well spent. Cheers 🥂!

Please note 📝 it may take me a while to answer them myself.. they are a tad bit heavy fodder to digest. My plan is to sit with this questionnaire for a time and answer slowly. You?

  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? “”We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.” –Proust. Well, that is no answer to happiness. Unless, perhaps, happiness arrives once we clear away the pain. In a physical sense, utter happiness would be found in a log cabin, tucked deep in a forest, with water and mountain views, with me curled up with someone who would love to share their mind. A moment of sheer bliss imagining such a place and time. The magic is that it could and just might happen!
  2. What is your greatest fear? “He sat there silent, watching their love expire.” –Proust.  I truly believe a soul that resembles mine exists. I think I found that soul. I know I have found that soul. I also realize my greatest fear, of never being able to seal our souls as one, also exists. And I sit silent, waiting for a day to come, to prove me wrong.
  3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?  “We are all of us obliged, if we are to make reality endurable, to nurse a few little follies in ourselves.” –Proust
  4. What is the trait you most deplore in others? “We are all of us obliged, if we are to make reality endurable, to nurse a few little follies in ourselves.” –Proust
  5. Which living person do you most admire? None at present. No one comes to mind.
  6. What is your greatest extravagance?
  7. What is your current state of mind?
  8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
  9. On what occasion do you lie?
  10. What do you most dislike about your appearance?
  11. Which living person do you most despise?
  12. What is the quality you most like in a man? Vulnerability.
  13. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
  14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
  15. What or who is the greatest love of your life? I have yet to meet him. I know he exists.
  16. When and where were you happiest? As a child, daydreaming in the grassy fields.
  17. Which talent would you most like to have?
  18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  19. What do you consider your greatest achievement? I pursued my passions late in life!
  20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? Dancer.
  21. Where would you most like to live? Near mountains and water.
  22. What is your most treasured possession? My beach and seashore finds.
  23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
  24. What is your favorite occupation? Counselor.
  25. What is your most marked characteristic? Selfless.
  26. What do you most value in your friends? Honesty and closeness.
  27. Who are your favorite writers? Wally Lamb.
  28. Who is your hero of fiction?
  29. Which historical figure do you most identify with? Joan of Arc.
  30. Who are your heroes in real life?
  31. What are your favorite names? Raina. Eli.
  32. What is it that you most dislike?
  33. What is your greatest regret? My crushed dreams of dancing because my mom refused to pay for lessons or drive me to practice.
  34. How would you like to die? In my sleep.
  35. What is your motto? Church is poetry. Poetry is life. A life well lived.

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