Janice is a
favorite character of mine though her roles in the books will always be small
ones. She is Xavier’s intimidating, non-conformist cousin. Here’s a
hypothetical short survey, answered in “her words.”
If I could live my
life over, what would I change?
Nothing. I have no regrets.
What would bring me
more happiness than anything else in the world?
A purring kitten in my lap. I don’t know.
What project or goal,
if left undone, will I most regret next year?
There are six books on my desk that I want
to read before they become movies, and I would regret not reading them before
those movies come out and the trailers spoil them for me!
If I knew I could not
fail, what would I undertake to accomplish in life?
Since when is failure an option?
If I could give my
children three pieces of advice, what would they be?
I don’t have children, but the best three pieces advice I
could pass on would be:
1- Stay alert and focused.
2- A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, but a set of
keys laced through your fingertips is worth your life in a parking lot ambush.
3- Anyone who tells you that you aren’t good enough should
be proven wrong and simultaneously forgotten.
What am I working at
now in my life that requires the most time and energy? Is this what I ideally
want to be doing with my time?
Time? 168 hours in a week.
60 hours of which are spent working. (36%) About 12 hours a week
driving. (7%) At 8 a night, 56 hours a week are spent sleeping. (33%) Probably
about 2 hours a day is spent on meals, so that’s 14 hours a week. (8%)
Showering, dressing, restroom breaks, and primping probably take about another
hour a day, so that’s 7 hours. (4%) I spend about an hour a day on the
Internet, so that’s another 7 hours down. (4%) The 90 minutes a day I spend
working out is what takes the most energy, though not the most time at only
10.5 hours a week. (6.25%) That leaves about 12 minutes a day to wait in line,
be on hold, and put up with stupid questions.
As for if this is what I ideally want to be doing with my
time, I suppose it is. If it wasn’t, I’d like to think that I’d go do something
Is this what I want to
be working most at in 10 years from now? In 40 years from now?
In 10 years from now, yeah, I imagine that things will be
pretty much the same. Maybe I’ll have kids to mix in there as well. In 40 years
from now though, I figure that things will probably be different because I’ll
be much older than I am now.
What do I feel is the
“ultimate good” that a human being can strive towards?
Helping children is the ultimate good
because they have the most room to change. Actually, it isn’t even so much
“change” with them as it is building a foundation. They aren’t fully
formed yet. They aren’t set on a certain path and locked in to the ways that
things have always been. There’s hope for children.
Writing a one-sentence
personal mission statement:
“My mission in
life is to…”
My mission in life is to live, to stay alive, and to
encourage others to do the same.