List 5 things you wanted to be when you grew up

1. Marine biologist

2. Egyptologist

3. Psychologist

4.  Veterinarian

5. Corporate executive

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List your 5 greatest fears

1. Being alone.  Not so much physically alone as socially alone.  I’m scared of what life would be like if I lost touch with my friends and family and had no one to turn to.  Not likely, but still a scary prospect.

2. Getting old.  I hope I age gracefully, and I’m doing all I can to increase the likelihood of that, but who isn’t terrified of losing their mobility and/or their mind? It doesn’t help that all you can really do is wait and see what happens….

3. Missing out on life.  The world is filled with negative people and it’s a constant battle not to get dragged down and forget my plans and dreams. I love life and believe you only live once, so the idea of wasting my live is not a happy thought.

4. Losing myself.  You’ve all seen her – the girl who fell in love with a boy and forgot she once had her own life, and her own dreams, that didn’t revolve around him.  That girl will NOT be me.

5. Snakes. Don’t judge me.

List 5 places you go in your mind when you need some peace and quiet

1. Central Park

2. Disney World (they don’t call it the “Happiest Place on Earth” for nothing ;))

3. My parents’ home

4. Ocean Beach in San Francisco

5. Astoria Park

List 5 compliments you receive on a regular basis

1. You’re so smart

2. You’ve got gorgeous blue eyes

3. You’re in great shape

4. You’re going to go far in your career

5. You’re fearless (usually referring to my solo travels).

List 5 Sunday rituals

1. Wake up early.  Like, really early.

2.  While away the morning in Starbucks with a book, my laptop, tea, and a treat.

3. Wander around Barnes & Noble

4. Prep my lunches and dinners for the week

5. Rock out to my favorite songs on my iPod, deliberately not thinking about going to work the next day

List 5 activities you’d do if you weren’t so afraid

1.  Quit my job and go teach English overseas for a couple of years in Asia

2.  Ride a motorcycle

3. Explore the Amazon Rainforest without a second thought about the snakes

4.  Learn to fly a plane

5. Fall madly, passionately, completely in love.

List 5

While in Barnes and Noble this morning, I came across a journal called “List Your Self.”  Each day comes with a prompt asking you to make a list of something.  The purpose is to get to really know yourself.  I like to think I know myself fairly well, but I could use something to revitalize my blog (whenever I’m not traveling, it’s tres boring), and it couldn’t hurt to reevaluate the things I think I know.  I’ve decided to pare down most of the prompts to a “list 5” rather than a “list all.” Not sure how long this’ll last – for the first couple weeks it should be no problem to post something every day, but then we’ll just have to see how it goes.

First prompt:  List 5 things you love about being a human being

1. The ability to reason, create, imagine, learn, and love.  The human brain’s an amazing thing.

2.  Opposable thumbs.

3.  Our social bonds.

4. Our endless curiosity.

5. Our body’s ability to constantly push our limits.