As you can probably tell (if you’ve read my Personal Questions post), I quite enjoy answering questions about myself because it encourages me to use that ol’ brain of mine that I like to complain about so much. I was secretly excited when one of my favourite bloggers, Whatever Words (Josh), tagged me in his post “What’s a Few Questions Between Bloggers?”. I also love reading other people’s answers to questions so his post (as well as Rachel’s) brought me great enjoyment over my tea break this morning.
Basically the premise is that Josh was tagged to answer ten questions; his post details his answers as well as nominating other bloggers to answer his set questions. So my post will follow the same lines!
1. What’s your happiest memory?
I wouldn’t say this is my happiest, I wouldn’t rank them because all my happy memories bring different levels of joy but summer holidays with my entire family is up there at the top. My grandfather used to own a coach company and each summer he would take a coach and bring all 40-50 of us to Blackpool for a week or so. All the aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends came along. We’d get the boat over and play games on the bus when we were driving through Scotland (the ‘name a thing beginning with the letter …’ was always the favourite). All the cousins would share rooms, take trips to the Pleasure Beach, take part in the hotel talent shows. We took over the dining room most times and always filled a tram carriage! It was just a really happy period of my life with my favourite people.
2. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the many wonders of the world (I blame the dot-to-dot book). I would love to go to Machu Picchu but I think I’d be too unfit to walk the whole thing (#asthmaprobs). I’m in love with nature and old ruins so it’s something I’d love to do before I die! If I wanted a nice holiday kind of trip, I’m keen to go to Amsterdam at the minute!
3. What was your favourite book as a child?
Matilda by Roald Dahl. Without a doubt. I read it countless times and I really resonated with Matilda so much because of her love of books. My circumstances were far better than hers but that love of reading tied me to her and then when the film was released, I fell in love with it even more. I still have the tattered copy of it somewhere on my bookshelf!
4. Your perfect day: how would it pan out?
It would start with a bit of a lie-in, maybe until 930 or 10am. I would have a small breakfast with a cup of tea and an episode of Gilmore Girls. I would then get ready to go and see my best friends – we would go to Grounded in Newry for coffee (their coffee, omelettes and grilled cheese are amazing), then go shopping with them. I’d then go home, have lots of family over for Chinese and trash TV in the background whilst we all catch up and talk.
Sounds pretty simplistic but that’s what I’m all about, to be honest.
5. I think I’d like to believe that everyone has a favourite video game. What’s yours?
Crash Bandicoot, always. I have so many fond memories of sitting cross legged in front of the TV (probably too close for my mum’s liking) with a drink of juice and a biscuit beside me playing Crash. I even loved watching people play it and loved all the different little challenges you had to do. Rayman is a close second. I could never get past the friggin’ musical level!
6. What’s your all-time favourite song?
‘This Is The New Year’ by A Great Big World. I love every single line of the song but these verses in particular are my favourite:
Speak louder than the words before you
And give them meaning no one else has found
The role we play is so important
We are the voices of the underground
And I will give the world to you
Say everything you’ve always wanted
Be not afraid of who you really are
‘Cause in the end we have each other
And that’s at least one thing worth living for
The first verse above speaks to me because I feel like the mental health community, especially on Twitter, are the voices of the underground – we are speaking out on behalf of all those who suffer with mental illness, we’re trying our best to speak loud and with passion to reduce stigma and raise awareness that it’s okay not to be okay. The other verse is one that has been a favourite since I first heard it, there’s just something comforting about knowing you have someone else, and that if nothing else is worth living for, that person is. Plus the piano in it is epic.
7. Which bloggers are you really enjoying at the moment?
Have a list of some of my favourites:
Feast your eyes on those lovelies, they’re great.
8. Name something you wish you’d written yourself.
This is a hard one. I’m genuinely wracking my brains thinking about this! Does it have to be something that has been written already? I kind of wish a mental health thing had been written for young people when I was a teenager so that I wouldn’t have felt so alienated about it. Maybe there was something and I just didn’t know.
9. Your ideal three-course meal: what does it consist of?
This changes for me all the time. Right now, based on how I’m feeling, I’d go for a nice wintery soup to start, a Boojum (NI’s best burrito place) and some garlic bread if I could fit it in (basically all of the carbs) and then lemon meringue for dessert I think!
10. If you had to recommend one thing that people read, what would it be?
Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig. Definitely.
1. What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to? (can be music/theatre/comedy, whatever!)
2. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
3. What inspired you to start blogging?
4. If you could be given one thing you’ve always wanted, what would it be?
5. What sound do you love?
6. Any blogs you think people need to be reading?
7. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
8. When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?
9. What’s one film you could watch all the time, and why?
10. If you could travel back in time, which period would you visit?