I was nominated for a Dazzling Blogger award by the lovely BosssyBabe. I can’t thank you enough, BosssyBabe; the last time I won something was a spot stick in a Witch prize draw about 8 years ago. 😁 You seriously improved my day/week/year/millennium.
If you don’t already read BosssyBabe’s blog, I suggest you go check it out. Her entertaining and honest takes on family life are a joy to read.
The Official Rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for The Dazzling Blogger award.
2. Link back to the original post.
3. Answer the seven questions that they asked on their blog post.
4. Make up seven new questions.
5. Nominate seven more people for The Dazzling Blogger award, who you think exemplify excellent blogging skills.
Her questions and my answers are:
1. Do you have any regrets in your life and if so, what would you say is your biggest regret?
I have many niggling regrets. The first real mistake I remember making, at least the first which with long term effects, is refusing braces. I was about 12 at the time. In those days, the only option was train-track metal, and I had enough self-esteem problems as it was, thank-you-very-much.
The dentist didn’t suggest them merely to straighten my teeth, but to correct my ‘crossbite’ – the incorrect alignment of my teeth on one side. That side is now the side I get all my migraines on, and I can’t shake the feeling that they, and my mild but frequent TMJ pain, are down to the misalignment. On top of that, the one visible crooked tooth I did have then has got worse with age, and is now a blatant snaggletooth.
Needless to say, cosmetic dentistry for adults costs a FORTUNE and I will have to sell a kidney if I want to afford it anytime soon.
Listen up, kids – if the dentist offers you free braces, TAKE THEM! (Or give them to me somehow?)
2. What did you believe as a young kid that was totally silly/wrong/untrue?
My father keeps sheep. It’s an odd tradition X hobby up here; no-one keeps enough sheep to make money, just to kill one every year for themselves. They take a lot of time that probably isn’t worth the return, but almost no-one stops doing it until they’re bent double with arthritis or similarly incapable of running after them.
Anyway, when I was a kid, I had a favourite sheep, as you do. When she disappeared, I asked my father what had happened to her. He told me she had gone to the old sheep’s farm. Sheep wear down their teeth as they get older and it becomes difficult for them to eat (this part is true). People at the old sheep’s farm would be able to look after her and feed her properly. I accepted this without question.
I didn’t think about it again until I was well into my teens and the truth finally clicked.
3. If you had a life motto, what would it be?
This is the motto, not the answer to the question: mind your own damn business. I’m sorry for not coming up with something more eloquent but honestly, that’s it: it’s just a harsher version of live and let live.
The world would be so much better if people butted out of other people’s lives. I hate curtain twitchers, gossips and gloaters. It would be one thing if people intervened when they knew the next door neighbours were experiencing domestic abuse or going to bed hungry. They don’t; they stare and gossip, consuming the misfortune of others for their own entertainment.
4. What is one thing you still hope to accomplish at some point in your life?
So many things! Even at 32, I feel I’ve hardly started. I want to get a master’s, travel (I wasted my 20s in that regard), learn Hindi and at least one other language and most importantly, write a novel.
5. What is one thing you worked so hard for or dreamed of that you were able to finally achieve or acquire? Was it as good as you thought it would be?
I honestly can’t think of anything! I had abs briefly last year; I guess they were hard work. And no, all that happens when one achieves #bodygoals is that one finds some other problem to focus on. 😁
6. If you could have one superpower, what would your power be and why?
Hmmm, there are so many. Invincibility, maybe? If I knew I could never get sick or injured I’d free up a lot of anxiety time! That’s quite selfish though.
A healing ability in general sounds like it could be good, but there’s bound to be a catch – if I got round to healing everyone in the world, we’d be in serious population trouble.
Climate control! That way people wouldn’t have to worry about the future so much, there wouldn’t be droughts and floods and the like, a lot of evil disease-causing bugs could be caused to die out AND summer could exist in the north of Scotland!
7. Can money really buy happiness? Why or why not?
The continuing mental health crisis in the developed world would suggest not. We have more stuff than any human population has ever had, yet here we are, crying into our fast fashion.
It can buy food, though, which goes a long way; it can also buy a certain amount of freedom and safety. Money doesn’t buy happiness, but poverty guarantees misery. (I have a feeling I’m near-quoting someone there, but I can’t think who.)
To the bloggers I am nominating: don’t feel any pressure to answer these questions if you don’t have time. Feel free to just bask in the glow of receiving an award. 🏆
Frédérique – Quilting Patchwork Appliqué
Unishta – A Mumbai Perspective
Schingle – Schingle’s Blog
Samyak – Samyak Ramteke
Jayashree – JayashreeWrites
My questions are:
- Is your blog how you imagined it would be when you started it?
- What is your next blogging goal?
- What fear have you beaten, or are least faced?
- If you could choose any language to learn without effort, which one and why?
- What book or film did you give up on halfway through, and why?
- Who is one famous person, past or present, from your country who deserves to be internationally recognized?
- What’s your favourite snack? 😁