- What was your biggest worry five years ago, do you still have that same worry or feel the same about it at this minute?
I’m not really a worrier as such. My depression does tend to give me a negative perspective on things and that really hasn’t changed much over the past 30 years. It does mean that I tend to live day-by-day and I don’t generally concern myself with things over which I have no control. My only real worry is that I may lose my physical health since so much of what I do to control my mental health depends on this.
- Do you have a positive or negative body image? What factors contribute to your self body image?
b. media and social media
c. comments from others
d. introspection and analysis of self
I’m actually fairly indifferent in respect of body image. I am comfortable in my own skin and, as the evidence on this site would indicate, I don’t have any issues with letting people see it in its natural state. I’m less fond of some bits than I am of others, but on the whole, it does what it’s supposed to do, and I’m happy with it.
- How confident are you as a person?
a. no confidence at all
b. confident around friends and family
c. confident at work, and in my job
d. very confident in my surroundings–work, social settings, with strangers
The simple answer to this one is not at all, but I can fake it when the need requires. I can be reasonable confident when I’m in the company of people I’m comfortable with. I can put on a good front at work and deliver an air of professional competence, but in social situations, I tend to gravitate to the periphery and attempt to blend in with the wallpaper.
- How creative a person are you? Why?
a. not creative
b. average creativity
c. creative in some situations
d. very creative
Not especially so. I have my photography and my writing and, in a workplace situation, I look to find creative solutions to problems but I’m not especially artistic and my work will never top the best-seller lists or be on display in galleries.
- Do you resent things being uncertain and unpredictable? Why?
b. undecided or Don’t Know
No, that’s really just the nature of the world – you just have to take it as you find it and adapt to what you encounter. Even the best plans barely survive more than their first encounter with the real world so you just have to do the best you can in whatever circumstances you find yourself in.
Bonus: What do you wish you had invented?
If I could invent anything at all, it would probably be something that could instantly banish the deep, dark spells that frequently debilitate me and eat up large chunks of my life. Not so much a cure for depression as such (although I suppose that would be good) but more something that was guaranteed to alleviate its worst effects and allow me to function on those days where I have to hide away from the world.