I have been tagged for this by Knitting HawkEye and I’m going to get it done before everybody hates it.
1. I love filling out forms, questionnaires and giving people directions. I would love to work as a tour guide in a city for a while.
2. I am a very accident-prone person and tend to attract the more unusual walks of life for decent conversation. Many of my accidents involve cooking and the spontaneous combustion of one, if not all, parts of my dinner. Once I punched a woman in the face whilst flagging down a bus. I was mortified and tried to apologise, but she was very embarrassed and ran off. If I sit down in a public place, I can guarantee you that within ten minutes someone will sit down beside me and start telling me their life story.
3. I have near-photographic memory but sometimes my brain is selective how it chooses to use it! I can recognise a person I met five years ago but can never remember names – to the point where if I need to ring someone, I won’t know what name to look up in my phonebook. I’m often tempted to ring up directory enquiries and ask for a woman in her mid-twenties, brown hair, Scottish accent, living in Dublin, please? (You know they would love me for doing that). On the other hand, it made studying for academic exams very easy because I could see the page in front of me and just read what I needed off it. This also means that when I’m learning a new piece and am working from two different editions I find it very confusing.
4. If I hadn’t become a musician, I would have been a doctor. I chose music over medicine because the thought of performing on stage
was is actually more scary than potentially killing someone.
5. I have come to the conclusion that I will never be able to work in an office, mostly because I hate the thought of having to sit there for eight hours, regardless of the amount of work I have done. As a musician, I do my work as efficiently as I can because I have limited practice time. When I worked in the civil service last summer, my supervisor kept telling me not to work so hard. I can’t handle that sort of mentality. Do you want the work done or not?
6. I am a very obsessive, relentless, stubborn person. I probably don’t come across that way but I am. I tend to get very involved in whatever I am working on and ignore other things like laundry and socialising. At the moment it’s my concerto.
7. I have had several near-misses re: living Vs death. A few days before my concerto exam two years ago, I was walking down the road to get my hair cut. I heard a truck blow its horn and turned around just in time to see the truck coming straight for me from the other side of the road. I jumped out of the way and the truck pulled up on the footpath. It had swerved to avoid a car but the driver didn’t see me. I was knocked down on my bike by a car and thrown out into the dual carriageway but thankfully, there was no other traffic at the time (hello Ms. Hit’n’Run, by the way).
7.5. I think a good sense of humour is the most important thing in life. People take things far, far too seriously.