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My answers to the Proust Questionnaire

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Nurturing a healthy love for myself and for another person, simultaneously

What is your greatest fear?
To not have preserved my feelings and observations about the world in art before I die

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Being indulgent with nostalgia


 

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Self-righteousness

Which living person do you most admire?
Anyone who has taken the steps to find emotional healing

What is your current state of mind?
Attentive

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Balance

On what occasion do you lie?
Life or death

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
A body of water

Where would you most like to live?
A metropolitan area where art and ideas are thriving

What is your most treasured possession?
My journal

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Self-hatred

What is your favorite occupation?
Writer

What is your most marked characteristic?
Reflective

What do you most value in your friends?
Empathy

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Honestly, I don’t feel there is anyone in popular history that I can say I identify with.

Who are your favorite writers?
Elena Ferrante, Philip Roth, and many others

What is the quality you most like in a man?
openness

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

openness

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“thank you” & “It means the world to me”

Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to learn foreign languages with ease

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Building my life on my own terms

Who are your heroes in real life?
Those who’ve survived suffering

What is it that you most dislike?
Groupthink

What is your greatest regret?
I try not to have these.

How would you like to die?
Asleep in my own bed

What is your motto?
Listen to your interior monologue