50 questions that will free your mind, part 5

21. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
Depends on the day. I’d love a simple life, but OTOH, I’m a bundle of nerves usually, so the genius thing wouldn’t be too much of an extra burden.

22. Why are you, you?
Nature + nurture. Simple equation really.

23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
Well, I’m not the kind of friend you call up for marathon phone conversations or nights of DH and wine. (I mean, if you wanted to do that, I’d oblige. But when it comes to friendships, I operate more like a guy. Which may explain a lot.) But I think that essentially, I know how to be a real friend. And I’ve been told so by my girlfriends, even though we don’t see each other often. I really do care about people – those who are important to me, at least – and get caught up in their ups and downs.

24. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
I’m tempted to say the former: Nothing beats being able to see one of your best friends face to face. I don’t think I’ve really lost touch with anyone important to me (excepting a friend who drifted away after primary school but is now back in my wider circle), but that’s probably much more hurtful to experience. Hopefully I’ll never have to find out.

25. What are you most grateful for?
At this very second, health. Although that’s more like wishful thinking. For the last week or so, my wisdom teeth have been keeping me up at night (and preventing me eating normally); now, it seems like my entire face is suffering from eczema.

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