1. I can dance en pointe and was (briefly) a majorette.
2. I read obsessively for most of my formative years. It bordered on OCD. It’s amazing I learned anything in school since in elementary school I hid books below my desk and read through all my classes. I read at meals. I read in the car. I read between turns at bat in neighborhood games of softball and propped books open on my bed while I got dressed and I read in the shower.
3. I am freakishly flexible.
4. I am a dog-whisperer of sorts. In New York dogs would run across streets and up the block to get to me and I was the only one who could pick up my friend’s rescued, abused dog. Turkish dogs are not quite so interested.
5. I am suspicious of meats in “loaf” or sausage form.
6. I want to touch everything.
7. I am not squeamish.
8. I am hard to shock.
9. I hate loud noises.
10. I am so affected by bad lighting it can ruin my mood and my day.
11. When I buy new shoes I stare at them when I walk and am so fixated on watching my feet that I don’t hear or see anything else.
12. The world inside my head is very loud.
13. I see everything you do. Sometimes it exhausts me.
14. I don’t understand the concept of “favorite” in most things. Why do I have to pick one?
15. I have been called a princess but really am a peasant. But I can be pretend to be whatever you need me to be.
16. I hate to sit in chairs like a “normal” person and managed to get through most of my life without having to do so. Here in Turkey I have to do it at my (thankfully part-time) job. It hurts, frustrates and tires me.
17. I am afraid I don’t know 25 things about myself.
18. I am afraid of plunging to earth from high places but not much else except being forced to talk about myself.
19. Until a few years ago I never cried or drank coffee and now I do too much of both.
20. I will keep your secrets.
21. I always appear to be calm but am often in a panic.
22. I envy your security and self-confidence.
23. I can sit still for long periods of time (refer to #12) and have an EXTREMELY long attention span in most things.
24. But when I am finished, I am finished.
25. I remember little about my own childhood, think it happened to someone else and that I have lived many other people’s lives.
This list came out of a Facebook message that circulated, challenging you to make a list of 25 random facts about yourself. It seems like a silly, fluffy exercise on the surface, but once you get past seven or eight things you really have to stop and think. My friends seemed to think my list captured who I am, and they are smart people, so I will share it with you so you can get a true taste of the true me. I challenge you to make your own list and would love to see you post it here in the comments.
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