Thursday, June 21, 2012

So Many Questions, Part IV

Are you still paying attention? We've gotten through the first, second and third parts of this extremely long questionnaire. If you've stuck it out all week, bless you. Let's keep it going...

61. Predict what your life will look like a year from now. I imagine that my life will look extremely similar to what it looks like now. Except that I'll be a lot closer to being licensed to teach in the state of Virginia. But chances are I'll still be in the position I'm in as a counselor and I'll be spending the summer doing the same thing I'm doing now. But I'm hoping that I'll be teaching somewhere when the following school year begins. Wish me luck!
62. Often, people will ask how your last relationship ended. I want to know how it began. Well, that's hard to say. Since I've never been in a relationship. Cue the Price Is Right "you lost" noise.
63. Where is your favorite place to go out and eat? Macado's. I know the service can be spotty, especially at certain locations. Yes, I'm looking at you, Bluefield. But I just love it. Have you seen their menu? There are about 800 different sandwiches you can choose from. And I get the same one every time.
64. What is something you want to change about your current situation? I'd like to not have to worry about money anymore. And I'd like to not have to deal with paying off my student loans anymore. So I guess... more money, but not have to work an extra job to earn it.
65. Early bird or night owl? Depends on the day of the week and who I'm with. More often than not, early bird.
66. Are there any childhood possessions you still hold on to? I believe I mentioned somewhere in the earlier questions that I've been accused of lacking a "sentimental bone" in my body. So no, I don't have any childhood possessions. I held on to my He-Man action figures for the longest time. But last year, before moving back from North Carolina, I gave them to the children of the Most Awesome Person I Know. Apparently the youngest had a blast with them for a while. I assume she still does. Who wouldn't have a blast playing with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe?
67. Give me an unpopular opinion you have. I think that Twilight kinda sucks.
68. What was the last song that was stuck in your head? "Jenny from the Block." Thanks a lot, Supervisor who sings it every time she sees one of the kids in my classroom. Take a wild guess what the kid's name is.
69. Where do you live? Be as general or as specific as you want. Radford, VA
70. Do you believe in giving kids medals and trophies for participation? No, I don't. I believe that giving out trophies for 9th place is just a symptom of what's wrong with our society and only serves to make things worse for future generations. We are so obsessed with making everyone feel good about themselves that we just have to reward mediocrity. I see it all the time in my job, and am even guilty of it myself. But there's really no way around it. Kids that I work with have so much difficulty just conforming to expected classroom behaviors that they are required to be rewarded any time they behave just as well as any of the other kids. Meanwhile, some of the best-behaved kids in school go ignored because they're already doing what they're supposed to do. It's kind of irritating knowing that I just keep that system going.
71. What was the longest car ride you've ever taken? Drove all night to get to Boston in time to try out for season 5 of American Idol. Alone. Long road trips are so much more fun when someone else is in the car. But that time it was just me.
72. Have you ever taken part in a protest? Nope
73. Would you ever use an online dating service? If I felt like paying $30 a month for a computer to find me a date, sure. I argue that guys should be able to join those sites for free though. I mean, we are expcted to pay for dinner, right? Dating gets expensive if you have to pay a digital pimp to meet the girl too. Just sayin'.
74. What is your ethnic heritage? Thanks to the genealogy that my uncle put together around the time my Dad passed away, I know that the majority of my heritage comes from German ancestry.
75. Describe a person that inspires you. I don't think I'm someone who is easily inspired. Though, when I think about it, some of the simplest things have the ability to inspire me. Someone who has had a difficult life, but is able to pick themselves back up to keep fighting the good fight. That's inspiring. Someone who tries to do what's right without giving up, no matter the personal cost. That's inspiring, too.
76. If you earn minimum wage doing what you love, would you keep doing it? Absolutely. Money comes and goes far too quickly for it to be the end all and be all of why someone does what they do for a living. If I was making six figures in a job I despised, it just wouldn't be worth it. The job that I perform now is definitely one that people don't do because of the pay. But it's a job that I love. And I love the feeling I have at the end of the day. Even the feeling I have at the end of my worst days as a counselor is far better than the feeling I had at the end of my best days as a bank teller.
77. Do you believe in luck? No
78. Describe the last time you were very angry at someone. I get irritated all the time. But that sort of anger is never really directed at anyone in particular. The last time I was truly angry at an individual was a couple years ago when someone I hardly know told me he believed that my father (a man this guy never met) would be disappointed in me. I'm getting angry just thinking about it right now.
79. Do you want to live until you're 100? Not if it means aging and losing control of my body and mind. Or if it means outliving all my friends. Not worth it.
80. Do people change? If so, how do you keep a relationship together when both of you start to change? I do believe that people are capable of change. However, I also believe that, at their core, people remain basically the same. I'm pretty sure I remember learning in one of my psych classes that our personalities finish forming by the time we're toddlers. I could be wrong about that one. Any other psych majors out there, feel free to correct me. Relationships are tough whether the parties change or not. You often hear about relationships falling apart because one person felt they could change the other, but couldn't. You hear about relationships falling apart because both people changed and grew apart. The important thing to realize that people are people. If you want something to work, you have to work at it. Whether you've chosen to change or not, you have to make the choice to stay in the relationship or let it go. Either way, it's up to you.

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