Ask Me the Meaning of Life

Men! Tell us some interesting things you have experienced romance-wise. Best, worst, most awkward…. You can keep their names anonymous too, that helps.

“You’re dangerous?” I guessed, my pulse quickening as I intuitively realized the truth of my own words.
He was dangerous. He’d been trying to tell me that all along.
He just looked at me, eyes full of some emotion I couldn’t comprehend.
“But not bad,” I whispered, shaking my head. “No, I don’t believe that you’re bad.”
“You’re wrong.” His voice was almost inaudible. He looked down, stealing my bottle lid and then spinning it on its side between his fingers. I stared at him, wondering why I didn’t feel afraid. He meant what he was saying — that was obvious. But I just felt anxious, on edge… and, more than anything else, fascinated. The same way I always felt when I was near him.
“I decided as long as I was going to hell, I might as well do it thoroughly.”

If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be?

I’m not sure I want to know the meaning of life. Or maybe we have it, and it’s the adventures we have between we’re born and we die. And that’s personal and different for each person. Oh, wait, you didn’t want to know the meaning of life. There is one question I’d love the answer to, but that’s not for public discussion. So let’s go with why is the Earth called Earth.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

More so, have I grown up? Does anyone really grow up? How do you define grown up? Partner, kids, picket fence? It’s not 1950 anymore. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a graphic designer. Yeah, that idea only lasted a semester, luckily. I also considered journalism. Marketing was on the career list since I was about 15.

At what age did you become an adult?

Legally? 18. Mentally? See above.

How many times have you moved house since birth and do you think excessive patriotism is linked to narrow-mindedness and unwillingness to live as a global citizen?

I honestly don’t know how many times I’ve moved. I’ve had to do previous five years lists for US government background checks, and I had to check my Amazon delivery histories for that much. My mental list started with Seddon (Melbourne suburb), but it was actually South Yarra (another Melbourne suburb). Can we just do cities instead?

  • Melbourne
  • Geelong
  • Benalla – yes, really
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Bellingham

*deep breath* Umm, so, the second part of the question. First, that’s interesting wording with “excessive” patriotism. I’m going to ignore the extra word to leave out the contextual bias, and it doesn’t change my answer. I say that patriotism is A factor, but that’s just one factor in many. Low education, lack of educational opportunities, identity and sense of self, and rural isolation are all contributors. And some are needed to create patriotism. None of it’s good. So read more different books, talk to people who aren’t like you, question yourself and your beliefs, and always ask why.

Should I start a social singing group at uni and will you come back to Straya to participate? Btw are you alto or soprano? Did you learn any instruments when you were growing up?

YES! DO IT! And thanks for letting me end on a lighter note.

No, I won’t come back. Partially because, Australia. Mainly because you don’t want me to participate. Really. It’s for the greater good.

Alto or soprano? Don’t know. I was in the high school choir for about 22 hours. I passed the audition but was out of depth in the first rehearsal. I quit. I played classical guitar for a couple of years. I was never very good, but I never really tried.

Thanks to all who asked questions. Including the first question. I can honestly say it was the first time I regretted promising an answer and to keep it anonymous. *sigh*

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Bianca's a nerdy, book worm who is constantly curious and appreciates being alive while the internet exists. During the day, she's a content writer for a huge multinational tech company. The rest of the time she's reading, and running, and bike riding, and sipping coffee, and taking photos around Melbourne, Australia.

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