There are so many great blogger projects this year. I so far like Luzia Pimpinella‘s most of all. She asks five questions every month and everybody is free to answer them. This reminds me of Max Frisch’s “Questionnaire”, a whole book that consists only of questions on 12 different topics. I am fascinated by thinking about answers and of course by reading those of other people. I hope you learn something interesting about me as well:
1. When was the last time you had a crazy dream?
I think I dream a lot, but I tend to forget my dreams fast. I know though that in my dreams I have created a city that is a mix of Istanbul and Boston, and I tend to meet people there from all stages of my life. I am aware that I am moving through this city often. I could even tell you where certain restaurants are. And I also know the airport well. There have been several occasions when I got there late or way too early.
2. Are you the person you wanted to be when you were 16?
In general yes. I always wanted to become a teacher, be independent, and live abroad. I have succeeded in all three. I am sure that my 16 year old me had different ideas about the details. I was going to write much more because at 16 my biggest hobby was to be the head editor of our school’s magazine. I wasn’t going to live in a shared apartment. And I am pretty sure that my 16 year old me wasn’t fond of the U.S. But I loved English as a language back then so I guess I haven’t turned out to be too disappointing. Also, characterwise I think I am making my young me happy. I still speak up, and I prefer honesty and integrity over everything else. Of course, I was supposed to still be a huge Kelly Family fan and go out all the time – but hey, at least I’ve finally got a cat, and Canavar has survived with me for six and a half years already.
3. Is there anything you really like about growing older?
Absolutely: that I don’t care about what everybody else thinks. I am actually very happy that I’m not twenty and have to live through all the insecurity anymore. This also means that people can’t exert such a big influence on me anymore. Like I might have to put up with some crap, but I am not corrupt. And mostly I can help myself.
Oh, and there are some great skills that I only acquired when I became older. Like painting my nails really well.
4. Which smell reminds you of your childhood?
It used to be my granny’s kitchen. But she sold her house last year and moved to an old folks home. So I guess nowadays it is certain dishes and their smells that remind me of my childhood, e.g. eggs in mustard sauce (which is way more delicious than it sounds).
5. Which supernatural power would you like to have?
To read other people’s minds. Or to really foresee the future. Or to travel in time. Or … or maybe just to be able to finalize decisions …