The Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust. As most good ideas it came up, or rather was stolen / borrowed / whatever you prefer, after reading perhaps the best magazine I know Vanity Fair. A magazine that fed my imagination just as much 25 years ago as it does today even if the stories take place, mostly at least, in a parallel universe to my existence.
Sorry, I’m digressing, the main idea of the questionnaire is to give a sense of someones personality by answering a few questions.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Any day spent with horses, dogs, cats, give me any four legged creature on earth to cuddle and I am a happy camper.
What is your greatest fear? Being trapped in a cage with rats. or mice, or hamsters, chinchillas, basically rodents.
Which living person do you most admire? It is hard to pick one but Barack Obama is a beacon of light in an ugly world.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Procrastination of boring duties.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Being pleasant
What do you dislike most about your appearance? My physical appearance is quite crappy, compared to the likes of Gisele Bündchen and Kate Moss so I am a big fan of inner beauty 😉
What or who is the greatest love of your life? It is hard to choose between my horse, husband, sister and ever-supporting friends. I love them all. I lost my dog-of-a-lifetime Jade.
When and where were you happiest? On a horse, riding and succeeding with some small, detail for a brief second. Dressage is hard.
Which talent would you most like to have? To be a shape-shifter
What is your current state of mind? Intrigued like a Cheshire-cat
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? To have more of Mick Jaggers exterior and lips
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? To have my mother and father alive and kicking
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Staying moderately sane over the years, hanging on to humanity and compassion towards others, not caving in to cynism, it would be so easy.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? As a man, life is so much easier with balls.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Loosing my mother too early, her suffering was horrible. #fuckcancer
What is the quality you most like in a man? Backbone and straight-up answers
What is the quality you most like in a woman? Backbone and straight-up answers
What do you most value in your friends? Their patience, they put up with me through thick and thin.
Who are your favorite writers? Well, J.K Rowling, Charlaine Harris, John Grisham and Astrid Lindgren
Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Batman, tortured and weak with a great comeback and super gadgets
Who are your heroes in real life? the volonteers helping out refugees from the Aegean sea to the Balkan borders to the Malmö train station
What is it that you most dislike? The newborn wave of fascism that is marching all over Europe, has history taught us nothing?
How would you like to die? With a bang, doing something wild that I love, no regrets
What is your motto? I have plenty! If it does not kill you it makes you stronger. Bite you lip and keep going. Hands on the plough and your eyes on the horizon.