October 11th, 2012

Wanaka tree

Thirty day meme, in just a few chunks - part two

Continuing the thirty day meme thingy, in just a few entries. I'm enjoying doing it. It's a bit searching and a bit different, and it's also a chance to talk about me and what makes me tick, rather than just the stuff I do. Though I really don't know how interesting it is for anybody else. So here goes...

06. Your favourite and least favourite subjects at school
I loved Geography at school, but couldn't pass exams in it. Though I'm a firm believer that exams and qualifications are extremely over-rated anyway. I loved finding out about places, people and how the whole thing was put together. My least favourite subject was Mathematics. Maths was completely pointless to me. I learnt nothing useful after about the age of six, yet had to suffer it for another ten meaningless years. I have become a words person, and am not in any way a numbers person, and I think that might be as much a reaction to the pointlessness of learning Maths as any aptitudes I may have.

07. Your first boyfriend or girlfriend
When I was fourteen I fell hopelessly in love with a girl from the year above me at school. Our relationship lasted about six months and afterwards I felt very guilty, even though in all honesty, we both contributed to it breaking up. It's a weird thing, but that first relationship seems to leave deeper scars than often more meaningful ones from later. I realise that's a bit of a cliché, but in my case I think it's true.

08. Your oldest hobby
I don't know. It's probably travelling. I was lucky enough to have had parents who believed that travelling and experiencing new and different cultures was as much a part of a good education as sitting in a classroom. I spent summers living with a family in France from the age of eleven, and have always had it in me to travel, explore and discover. I may not be the most adventurous person in the world, but I still like being somewhere new.

09. Your sexuality
Heterosexual. I once had someone ask me on a plane (the first thing she said to me, in fact) whether I was gay. When I told her that I wasn't, she said, 'Well, you look gay.' I don't know quite what that means, and I don't think I do, but I'm not. Having said all that, homophobia really gets my back up and angers me more than almost anything else. Leben und leben lassen - probably. And the sooner our political masters in this country recognise the right of gay people to marry if they wish to, rather than the sham and more than slightly ridiculous 'Civil Partnership', the better.

10. What you look for in a partner
I'm not looking for a partner, but if I were they would probably be (in no particular order), human, funny, knowledgeable, wise, politically well left of centre, compassionate, thoughtful, open-minded, undramatic and tolerant. I don't think that's asking too much! Most of all, of course, they would have to be someone I really enjoy being with and sharing things with