Questions to free your mind

If like me you feel rather sluggish after the Christmas holidays then how about challenging your brain with ’50 questions to free your mind’.  This challenge is something that many people aim to do as part of Day Zero Project but as I haven’t committed to this I thought I would have a go anyway.  The dreariness of January seems as good a time as any to try and free my mind.

  1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?   35 – young enough but wise enough.
  2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?   Never trying because if we never try we will never know if we would succeed.  There again failing is a pretty miserable feeling. 
  3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?   Sometimes we are compelled to do things we don’t like in order to survive and we are also influenced by our families and the society we live in. 
  4. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done? yes
  5. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world? Inequality
  6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?  Helping others.
  7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing? Mmm, both. 
  8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently? I would go to university earlier in life and I would marry and have my children earlier as well. 
  9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?   I have had some control but life is unpredictable and throws up all sorts of challenges which has restricted what I’ve been able to do.  I never expected to have autistic children or for their experiences in education to be so poor.  This has had a massive impact on my life.
  10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?  I get a bit too preoccupied with doing things right.  I have  always had a bit  of a perfectionist streak.
  11. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do?  Defend my friend and try and move the conversation on to something more positive.
  12. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?   Well if you mean giving advice for when they’re older, I would say not to hurt others in their pursuit of happiness.  Our society is too focused on individual satisfaction without much regard to others; its time we changed this attitude.
  13. Would you break the law to save a loved one?   My impulsive answer would be yes of course I would but then when I think about it a bit more, it depends on the situation I am in and what law would be broken.
  14. Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?   I haven’t seen insanity but I have definitely seen people who are different in their outlook on life who are amazingly creative.  Two of them are my children.
  15. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?  I think a bit too much.
  16. How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy? We’re all unique and like and enjoy different things.  That’s the human race for you, diverse and interesting.
  17. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?  What’s holding you back?   I’d like to have a proper job but there are many things that are holding me back. 
  18. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?  There are a couple of prams in the loft that need to go (sob).
  19. If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?   I’d love to live in a more rural location where I don’t feel hemmed in by unfriendly neighbours. 
  20. Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?  I have been known to push the elevator button more than once.  Of course I don’t believe it makes the elevator go faster but there is something quite satisfying about pressing the button a few times!
  21. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?   The latter.
  22. Why are you, you? A combination of genes, how I was brought up and social, political and cultural factors.
  23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?  Sometimes but my life as an autism mum has affected how much time I can give to friends. 
  24. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?  When a good friend moves away.  Loosing touch with a good friend who lives near you suggests the friendship is not a strong one.
  25. What are you most grateful for?   Having a family in relatively good health though I’d love for my son to be free of his anxiety disorder.
  26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?  Lose my old memories because if I couldn’t make new ones I would start diarising my life and photographing it which I couldn’t do with my old life.
  27. Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?  No, you have to challenge something to get to the truth.
  28. Has your greatest fear ever come true? No.
  29. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now?   No and No.
  30. What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special? Looking out of my bedroom window and seeing the footsteps of Father Christmas in the snow leading up to our house.  I was five and the memory is special because it captures the innocence and excitement of my childhood.
  31. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive? Doing my degree (alive) and advocating for my autistic children (passionate).
  32. If not now, then when?  In the next few years.
  33. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?   It depends on what I want to achieve.  I can’t just get up and go and do something as I have to consider my husband and children.
  34. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?   Yes.
  35. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?   Religion is a powerful force that can be manipulated by others.
  36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?   No.
  37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?   Yes.
  38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?   More work that I enjoy doing.
  39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?  No but days can feel similar in routine.
  40. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?  I’ve always had ideas that I have strongly believed in and they are with me everywhere I go.
  41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?   Family.
  42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?   NO.
  43. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?  Being contented with yourself and your life.
  44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?  Now?
  45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?  The fear of looking foolish and being criticised by others. 
  46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?  Express myself better. 
  47. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?  Just now, when I read this.
  48. What do you love?  Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?  I love chocolate.  My actions at christmas definitely confirmed this love.
  49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday?  What about the day before that?  Or the day before that?  In five years I may not remember specific days but I will always remember this period of my life.
  50. Decisions are being made right now.  The question is:  Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you.  I try to make decisions for myself but my decisions will always be influenced by the situation I am in.  Anyway are we ever truly free to make decisions for ourselves?

There you have it - my answers to 50 questions to free my mind.  On reflection, I did think about some questions more than others but as to whether it has freed my mind, I am not sure. 

Anyway, over to you.  How would you answer these questions?

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2 Responses to Questions to free your mind

  1. Blue Sky says:

    I think you’re very brave to tackle these, and your answers are very measured, though I felt a bit wobbly reading some of them. I couldn’t do this, those kinds of questions make me do the fingers in the ears ‘la la la’ thing :)

  2. Jazzygal says:

    That’s one serious list of questons..they may addle my scattered mind rather than free it!! I loved your thoughtful answers and agree with a lot of them. Maybe it would free me after all??!!

    xx Jazzy

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