25 November, 2012

Self introspection. :)

I read this questionnaire on Me's blog while going through her archives. She had answered this questionnaire, which she in turn had found on Marc and Angel's website. Check out her wonderful answers here. :)
Her answers inspired me to try this questionnaire for myself.
If you like it, give it a go! :) 

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? 
13 years old. I'm childish, but can be mature if the situation demands it. 

Which is worse, failing or never trying? 
Never trying. You don't know what you're good at till you try.

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? 
That's cause we're unwilling to let go of our comfort zone and venture into unknown horizons to realize what we love and do it. 

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done? 
Happens at times, but most of the time no.

What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world? 
The pace with which we're living life. Stop and smell the flowers (unless you're allergic to them)!

If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich? 
Making people smile. 

Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
Doing what I believe in. 

If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently? 
Give more love, laugh out loud, make beautiful memories and strike off everything on my bucket list! 

To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken? 
60 degrees. 

Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things? 
Doing the right things. 

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?
Find out the reason why they feel that way about her, give them time to get to know my friend and bridge differences. 

If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be? 
"Listen to your heart, it knows best." 

Would you break the law to save a loved one? 

Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity? 

What’s something you know you do differently than most people? 
Living life on my own terms and being happy in the moment. 

How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy? 
Happiness is unique to each individual. It's a perspective. :) 

What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?  What’s holding you back?  
Extreme sports. Haven't had the opportunity yet.

Are you holding onto something you need to let go of? 
Holding on to grudges. Sigh forgiveness! 

If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? 
Dubai, it's where I grew up. My childhood filled with memories. Home :) 

Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster? 

Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton? 
A joyful simpleton! 

Why are you, you? 
Because it's awesome being me. :D I chose to be how I am and where I am. 

Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend? 
On most matters, yes.  

Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you? 
Losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you. 

What are you most grateful for? 
Being able to laugh and be happy! 

Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones? 
Lose all my old memories. 

Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first? 
No, I don't think so. 

Has your greatest fear ever come true? 
My greatest fear is the death of my loved ones. It will come true one day, but I don't want it to. I will never be ready for it. 

Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now? 
Don't remember it. 

What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special? 
Playing in my building with all my friends. Buying Dorito's chips and Flakes chocolate EVERYDAY after school! No wonder I was a fatso. :D It's special cause it was simple act with the capacity to bring immense happiness.

At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive? 
No, haven't felt that way for quite sometime. 

If not now, then when? 
When I want to.  

If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose? 
I'm reminded of a quote by Steve Jobs. 
"Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. 

Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever? 
Yes. It's a wonderful feeling. :) 

Why do religions that support love cause so many wars? 
Intolerance? I'm not sure.  

Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?

If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job? 
I'm not working now. But I'd take the million dollars and continue working! :D 

Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing? 
More work I actually enjoy doing.  

Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before? 
Yes. I feel that since my final exams started. :|  

When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in? 
In the month of September. Still remember the idea clearly.  

If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?  
Everybody I love. I'd throw a get together party and bond with them all. But if I could meet only a specific number of people, it will be my parents, sister and grandma. I'd definitely meet my three best friends, Akhil, Shali and Abhi.  

Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous? 
If I have ten years, I'll use that to become famous. Attractive is a perspective. So no. 

What is the difference between being alive and truly living? 
Being alive is pushing through each day like a zombie waiting for it to end. Truly living is going to bed, waiting for sunrise to experience more of life. :) 

When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right? 
When that's what you want to know. You'll know that feeling. We have nothing to lose by doing what we want. 

If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake? 
When a goalkeeper misses a goal before quitting his career, do you remember the last goal he missed or the n number of goals he prevented? The world remembers your failures, not your successes. We let the world decide what is right and wrong for us. 

What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you? 
Say NO to the things I can't and don't want to tolerate. 

When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing? 
Last night. Fell asleep to its rhythm. :) 

What do you love?  Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love? 
Writing. Reading. Yes. 

In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday?  What about the day before that?  Or the day before that? 

Decisions are being made right now.  The question is:  Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you? 
Making them for myself and finding out if it is suitable for me through my loved ones.

I had a good opportunity for self introspection while answering these questions! So glad to have found it on Me's blog :)



  1. Superb answers!

    Such clarity of thoughts..love you for them! <3

    Though there are many favourite answers Steve Job's quote tops the list...thanks for sharing that - m totally in love with that.

    And a big hi-5 for having tried them,I plan to revisit them and see if my answers have changed as I guess its been a year I wrote that :D

    1. Thank you Me! :)

      Yes, that quote is one of my very favorites!

      Aaaah, I'd love to know if the answers have changed! :D

    2. Nope...they have not. I still feel the same. I laughed so much you know after seeing that... as I thought one year main I would have changed you see....Alas!! :)

  2. Great answers! I loved that new born advice best "listen to your heart, it knows best". :)

  3. Great post AayKay, loved your answers specially the 'difference between being alive and living life' one. It was awesome.

    I was tempted enough to try it though that I went ahead and wrote my own post before commenting. :P I hope it's okay with you. ;)

    1. Thank you!

      I'm flattered, rushing to your blog now! :)

  4. hey,,
    loved reading the post,, me too noo luck on sports lol.
    And Those Steve Jobs words, indeed amazing and true.
    totally agree with the part that we let world to take upon our lifes and judge us.

    a great post..would love to try this.

    Goin to read Me's blogs questionnaire. :)

    Keep writing and sharing..

  5. Hey, Aaekay..
    Loved reading your answers(especially,"Why are you, you?")..

    Thanks a ton for the Liebster award :)

    Sorry, couldn't answer to your questions immediately...so here goes my post on 'MoSaiC'..

    Do have a look...