My friend Karin wanted to get back at me after I tagged her last week. She assembled some 10 very straightforward questions and threw them in my face. However, hidden between the lines is her desire to learn more about "moi" and the other poor souls she chose to tag. The questions might look simple but they have ulterior motives. Thank you Karin for tagging me. Here's what you wanted to know (probably a little bit more as well).
1) Was there any incident in your life which you feel, influenced you in particular?
Any life is a result of a series of incidences. Stepping on thorns agonized, smelling roses satisfied, eating honey fulfilled, fumbling down scared, climbing up tired, mopping sweat, shaking off dirt, drinking from a spring, floating in a sea, tending a cut to heal, shaken with cold, estranged in emptiness, I’ve been through it all on the different trails that got me to where I am right now. Some of these incidents might be deeply buried in my subconscious (i.e. a boarding school) or as obvious and painful as the loss of my mother. What made me a different man, however, was becoming a father.
2) What are you afraid of? Please name at least ONE example!
I’m afraid for my children more than anything else in the world. I’m not a worrier at all. But, when I’m not feeling normal and am looking for something further to drag me down with it, I worry about my kids. I usually succeed in shaking it off as quickly as it hits me.
3) Is there any nature-event, you particularly like (i.e. thunderstorm, rain, snow ect.)?
I love fall and winter and I love how nature manifests itself during these seasons. A thunderstorm has a magical way of comforting me. Rain excites all of my senses, I love the sound, the smell, the site, the taste and the feel of rain on my face. I get the weird urge to don my raincoat and step out in the rain to go SHOPPING. I usually hate shopping for anything. However, once it’s raining, I like to walk in the evening streets and stare at the stores’ fronts for something to buy. I would buy whatever can be enjoyed back in the shelter of my home (a book, a bottle of wine or a toy most probably).
4) What kind of sport (if any) are you fond of or even actively pursue?
I am a great fan of European Football. I watch all the major leagues and probably have a favorite club in each. I was a goalie once. Now I’m more into Foosball (I have a full regulation size table in my basement where I enjoy playing with friends). I love Formula 1 and am a great admirer of Michael Schumacher. I am an avid hunter. I also love to watch women playing sports, in particular (Tennis and Volleyball are my favorites). I like the flying miniskirts and the sweaty tight shorts, really.
5) Do you easily get nervous or upset? "Blow up"?
Ah, I don’t like this one because sometimes I do. What’s bothering me is that I wasn’t like that before. I’m a very easy going type of person, but more and more I tend to need to get some steam out. Nothing of the serious stuff, I would just blow smoke. In reality, I’m a very peaceful person. I’m even faster at forgiving and forgetting.
6) Do you dread getting older? Feel the biological clock ticking?
I don’t dread aging but I don’t like some of the usual symptoms that go along with it. The chances in personality and perspective are what worry me. Everywhere I look I find that older people usually hold a mysterious grudge. There’s always something to complain about. Somebody needs to take the blame. I’m afraid of turning out to be like that.
7) Are you more a city-person or prefere the country-side?
I’m the furthest thing form a city-person. Even Tartous is too big for my taste. I love the countryside. I love open and empty spaces. To wake up in the middle of nowhere, to step out of the front door naked or semi-naked (I don’t want to scare away the wildlife) to yawn and stretch. My right place is outdoors without a roof over my head.
8) Do you allow any kind of fashion to rule over your taste?
No way. I’m the antithesis of fashion. I’m one of the worst dressed people I know. But, these people don’t know my secret. I wear the most comfortable clothes and shoes in the world. Summer clothing should be just decent but as little as possible. For the cold, of course I have a favorite coat, something that I will continue wearing for years. Anyway, I'm so handsome if I were a sharp dresser too I would've been an overkill.
9) Are you more on the introverted or extroverted side?
My mood is affected by where I am. If I’m at a place which I consider comfortable, I am a very open person and the opposite is definitely true. Same with people of course.
10) If you'd have to characterize yourself with one sentence - what would you say?
I am a very honest and simple man who made more choices than he would’ve cared to but still found himself happy in the end.