It’s been a while since I thought up a new meme, and since the days are short and dark and I just feel like hibernating, I thought I might take a moment to consider what would make life that bit better. Time to review the old year and prepare for the new one that’s coming.
What part of the past would you bring back if you possibly could?
The absolute peace of mind that came from a school holiday – no responsibilities, no bills to pay, no work hanging over me, just freedom.
What character trait would you alter if you could?
An undiscriminating reflex reaction to please. It gets me into more trouble than you would ever think possible.
Which skill would you like to have the time and energy to really work on?
My writing. It’s all I’ve ever really wanted to do, it’s the thing I feel I could be proud of one day, and I’m continually frustrated by it. I wouldn’t say no to parenting a little better either.
Are you money poor, love poor, time poor or freedom poor?
Time poor. If I could have a few more hours in a day, or even better, a few more weeks in a year, I’d be thrilled.
What element of your partner’s character would you alter if you could?
Controversial. I’d make him just a tad more noticing. So that, for instance, he might pick up some of the mess he’s stepping over on his way out to the garden.
What three things are you going to do next year that you’ve been meaning to do for ages but never got around to?
Learn Argentinian tango. Meditate daily. Learn how not to feel obliged to fill the holes in conversations.
If your fairy godmother gave you three wishes, what would you wish for?
A happy son.
Lots more energy.
A government I thought was doing a good job.
What one thing would you change about your living conditions?
I’d keep the house tidier and cleaner. Being surrounded by clutter does seem to clog up my brain, but I detest doing housework and there’s always an excuse to avoid it.
How could the quality of your free time be improved?
The trick is to think less. As soon as I’ve stopped actually doing things, I tend to start mentally planning the things I need to do next, not to mention reviewing and criticising all the things I’ve just done. It’s not at all relaxing. Feeling less guilty about not doing things wouldn’t be a bad idea, either.
What change have you made to your life recently that you’re most proud of?
Taking up blogging. It’s just been so much fun.