As part of my Day Zero Project, I am answering “50 Questions to Free Your Mind” (Google it). I had originally thought to do these in my personal journal, but then I thought, why not put them on my blog. So get ready for some rambling answers. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
No. Being attractive or famous would not necessarily increase my quality of life. I would rather have those ten year to increase my quality of life and enjoy life. We have to strive to be happy in our lives the way they are. We can aspire to change things, but obviously certain things are out of our control. Having a fairy tale fantasy doesn’t help focus on your current life. I want to think about every day as a chance to enjoy life. Better to back to enjoying it…
43. What is the difference between beling alive and truly living?
Wow. I didn’t read this question before writing the previous answer. I think it goes back to the idea of striving for better life every day and being complacent.
44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
Now. Too much time hemming and hawing gets you nowhere. You don’t get rewards or punishments not trying. Instead you only become stagnant. Get up and do something now.
45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
Uncertainty is always scary. We are afraid to make a mistake because it is a mistake. Instead, we should think of mistakes are learning tools.
46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
Dance and sing in the streets. Wear whatever I happen to throw on in the morning (I have certain clothing rules). Say what’s on my mind.
47. When was the last time you notied the sound of your own breathing?
Last night while trying to fall asleep. This cough has created some breathing issues especially at night. The sound was a bit more of a wheezing than regular breathing.
48. What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?
My boys, J, reading, swimming pools, sunshine… I think so.
49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday? What about the day before that? Or the day before that?
No. I try to keep a good recollection of daily events, but many days fall into a pretty regular routine. Neuroscientists know that our memories like the unusual. We tend to remember big impact events (good or bad). Waking up, eating, showering, going to work, etc, bed time is a routine but not very memorable.
50. Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?
I like to think I am making decisions, but I also have considerations of other people dependent or directly connected to me. No person makes a decision completely on their own.