Procrastinate Today! Don't Put it Off!

A dear friend has this bumper sticker displayed prominently in her classroom.  I couldn't agree more.  I got up early to prepare for my class this evening, as I am woefully behind on reading.  However, I ended up reading a very interesting post on Crunchy Con about the "growing awareness and emotional maturity" of a young Russian girl.  Her father made a documentary about her, "Anna," by asking her a series of simple questions every year for twelve years.

I'm probably about as aware and emotionally mature as I'll ever be, but I found the questions intriguing, so here you are:

What do you love the most? God, of course, and my family and friends.  But I also love life.  I love grilled flatbreads with garlic dipping sauce (thanks, Gretchen!)  I love movies that make me think.  I love digging in the dirt and mowing the grass.  I love airports (minus the TSA screenings) and Bombay Sapphire and Vermeer and Schubert.  The good moments, as a Tralfamadorian might say, but the bad ones too, because without those, there would be no learning -- and above all else, I love to learn!

What do you hate the most? Apathy.  I know it's a cliche, but it's true.  People who don't care -- about their work, their homes, their attitudes, the effect they have on others and on the world around them -- they add darkness to the world.  That, and Crocs.  And un-righted wrongs.  And Michael Jackson's music, dancing, and death-extravaganza coverage.

What scares you the most? The thought that I might not be doing the right thing with the unknown number of days I've been given on this Earth.  I'm not trying to be dramatic.  I really worry about this quite a bit, especially with regard to my job.  I wish there were some way to know I'm in the right place.

What do you want more than anything right now? Materially, nothing.  I have been blessed beyond my wildest dreams.  Intellectually, I want stronger discipline, but that's something I can only give myself!

What do you expect from life? Struggle and redemption.

What does the homeland mean to you? Speaking from a comfortable, coddled perspective, not very much; in fact, I am growing increasingly dissatisfied with it.  We are so fixated on personal happiness and material goods.  And I have never felt very attached to the city or country of my upbringing.  Of course, that might be different if I were forcibly moved elsewhere.  Like I said, coddled.

I want to hear your answers!  Comment below or link to your blog.