Near the end of the nineteenth century it was common social entertainment to answer questionnaires noting one’s own likes, dislikes, provocations and inspirations to reveal their ‘true’ selves to their peers, similar to the Slam Books of the eighties. More civilized. Less ugly.
Vanity Fair has adapted the list of French novelist Marcel Proust, the very one he several times answered and shared with his contemporaries of the 19th century. The Proust Questionnaire is featured monthly, luring VF readers further into what’s left of the private lives of a public or noted figure. Who is more fabulous than US?
I thought a condensed version of VF’s Proust Questionnaire a fitting travel companion in keeping with our journey of discovery and renewal because within every wife and mother lives an amazing woman who is dying to see you again!
1. What is your greatest fear?
2. Who are your heroes in real life?
3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
5. What is your greatest extravagance?
6. What is your greatest regret?
7. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
8. What is your current state of mind?
9. What talent would you most like to have?
10. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
11. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
12. On what occasion do you lie?
13. What is your most treasured possession?
14. What is your perfect happiness?
15. What do you like most about your appearance?
16. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
17. What is your most marked characteristic?
18. What is it that you most dislike?
19. What do you value most in your friends?
20. What is your motto?
While it’s fun to Facebook this kind of stuff, really consider your own answers. A question a day was enough for this old bird.