As we round up the year 2009, we here at Matterful thought we would take stock of ourselves with the age-old Proust Questionnaire. Named after Marcel Proust, the esteemed French writer who passionately answered these parlor questions time and time again, the Proust Questionnaire has been made popular by its back page inclusion in Vanity Fair magazine. Here are questions 1 through 5:
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Mariela: The waves and a sunset
Mariola: Warm weather, a sunny beach, cocktails, all shared with people I love
Autumn: Half-awake on a Caribbean beach with sun on my skin and wind in the palms
Jenni: Watching a lovely sunset, be it in the Caribbean, Hawaii or Florida, with an ice cold cocktail in hand and family/friends close by
Jen Mae: Perfect happiness for me is being on vacation with my husband and daughter. It’s about 72 degrees outside, just brisk enough for a light sweater. The sun is shining in a clear blue sky and we’re rolling around on a cool blanket of green grass under a blooming tree. A Jacaranda or Saucer Magnolia would be nice. Something like this:
Lisa: Visiting a place I’ve never been with someone I love
2. What is your greatest fear?
Mariela: Losing a loved one
Autumn: My parents’ deaths
Jenni: Going grey, oh wait that’s already happening … I guess I’d have to say losing my son.
Jen Mae: I fear I’ll make the wrong decision.
Lisa: Developing a fear of death later in life
3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Mariela: Too quick to react at times when I should take a breath and think
Mariola: My inability to network
Autumn: I am an immediate and harsh critic.
Jenni: Lack of self-confidence
Jen Mae: My indecision. These questions are killing me. I have several possible answers and can’t decide which to declare.
Lisa: I bad at admitting when I’m wrong.
4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Mariela: Disrespect, in its many shapes and sizes
Autumn: Willful ignorance
Jenni: Pompousness … or back hair, it’s a tough call
Jen Mae: The inability or lack of desire to see through the eyes of another
Lisa: Insincerity, not following through
5. Which living person do you most admire?
Mariela: J.K. Rowling
Mariola: Joan Didion
Autumn: Agnes Varda
Jenni: Anyone who overcomes huge obstacles in life, such as substance abuse
Jen Mae: There’s no indecision here. It’s my husband. He’s the only person I know well enough to truly admire. He’s strong, forgiving, patient, giving, compassionate, witty, and intelligent. He inspires me to be a better person and I’m pretty sure I do the same for him. Cheesy? Maybe. But, it’s the truth, Ruth.
Lisa: Our president: smart, graceful and someone I am proud to have represent America to the world