Vanity Fair is by far my most favorite magazine. Each month they interview a luminary and present them with the a version of the Proust Questionnaire. I’ve always found it so interesting; I decided to answer the questions myself. However, it wasn’t as easy as I thought. It took me a few hours and two full cups of tea from my Ferris Bueller mug.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Passionate love, good food, good wine, stimulating conversation, learning, travel.
What is your greatest fear? Being ordinary.
What is the trait you deplore in yourself? Insecurity.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Close-mindedness.
Which living person do you most admire? Oprah.
What is your greatest extravagance? Gift giving and good food.
What is your current state of mind? Hopeful and excited.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Martyrdom. There’s no medal at the end of it all for suffering.
On what occasion to do you lie? To spare someone’s feelings.
What is the quality you most like in a man? Confidence.
What is the quality you most like in a woman? Grace.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? To be fair…
What or who is the greatest love of your life? My dog, Beau.
When and where were you happiest? With my parents and brothers, eating, drinking, laughing and debating.
Which talent would you like to have? To have great command of the English language. Diane Sawyer style.
What is your most treasured possession? The rosaries that belonged to my Grandmother.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Being confined, in any way.
What is your favorite occupation? A combination of coaching and writing.
What is your most marked characteristic? I’d have to ask around, but, my voice, my temperament or that my shoulders move up and down when I’m in the middle of a good laugh.
What do you most value in your friends? Consideration.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction? I don’t have one. I didn’t watch many cartoons although my mom may profess otherwise.
Who are your heroes in real life? Folks who leave spaces better than they found them.
What is it that you most dislike? Ignorance and hatred.
What is your greatest regret? Ever lying.
How would you like to die? Old and in my sleep having a fun dream.
What is your motto? The Golden Rule. Do unto others you as would have them do to you.
These are my answers on August 23, 2012. I’ll throw this in a time capsule and compare in 10 years. Try it out, it’ll get you thinking.