If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? I suppose if I could choose one thing to change, it would be to make all people remember that everyone has their own side, their own view. That even if something sounds like a really bad idea to you, it might make perfect sense to someone else. But truthfully, I'm not much into the world as a whole. I sometimes wish I were more into politics or maybe foreign policy, or even just more involved in my community -- but unfortunately it just never seems to hold my attention. It seems that whenever I take a peek at what's going on in the world today, all that happens is that I get severely depressed and/or frustrated. I've got enough of my own problems that things are just simpler if I keep my focus on my own corner of the world. I realize that this makes me sound a little ignorant, but I like to think I'm being realistic, at the same time. There's no sense in fretting and worrying over things that I can't change.
What makes a person respectable? Integrity. Knowing what your own limits are and accepting them. I have a lot of respect for people who can say "I was wrong and I know it." and little to no patience for people who are busy making excuses for themselves. Even if they are a morally reprehensible person, I will still hold some small amount of respect for them if they take responsibility for their actions.
What do you look for in a friend? Someone who can make me laugh, and who will listen when I need to complain. I tend to share a lot of personal details with anyone who I've known for a reasonable amount of time, so I don't necessarily feel like sharing secrets equals connection, but rather if I can feel like that person honestly cares about me -- the kind of people who will try and cheer me up, even if the worst part of my day was merely "I have a papercut". Honesty is another big point -- if my hat is ugly, or if I'm being a royal pain, I'd hope that my friends would tell me.
What are your hobbies? Drawing, reading, playing video games, writing, role playing, generally hanging out on the internet. I've been poking around, trying to get back into photography again, and when the weather is nice I love to go out walking with my mp3 player. Recently I've been getting into DDR, which I like for the same reason that I like walking -- it's a change to get exercise and listen to music at the same time. Music is another of my favorite things to do, both listening and creating. I love to sing, and will do so at will, sometimes quite poorly. ^^
Have or would you give time and money to a charity? If it were something that mattered to me or one of my close friends. As stated in my first response, I don't have a very good connection with the greater good. I have yet to donate time to charity, and have turned away from several scholarship applications, because they required community service hours. If it were something I could throw money at as I casually walked past, I would probably do that.
What is the one thing you would most like to accomplish? I want to work on my self image. I have people all around me who are constantly surprising me with how much they like me. I've always believed I'm a generally likable person -- friendly and mostly outgoing -- but it's hard for me to believe that people could like me more than just in general passing. This can be slightly debilitating, especially when doing things like applying for jobs or putting myself forward in classes.
I can also be very petty. Sometimes I think my only saving grace is that I know these things about myself, and can make a conscious effort to keep them under control. I want to become the sort of person who can have enough self-confidence to get the things I need.
Who is your role model? I don't have one. I'll look at my friends, and covet certain qualities they have -- "I wish I could be responsible like x" or "I wish I could be motivated like y", but I don't have one specific person who I look up to. I'd rather shape myself using a collection of admirable traits and people.
What trait most annoys you about other people? Goes along with my first answer -- It annoys me when other people can't see the other side of an issue. I may not always agree with someone (in fact, my most cohesive argument against them may be something like 'they just need to die') but I try to remember that they don't see things like I do. Doesn't make me like them any more, but at least I recognize that I am not infallible. That someone else may disagree with me with just the same intensity, and would feel just as justified.
What do you want to do for a living? I'd love to be able to just sit around and do whatever with my time, working only a few hours a week, and have that be enough to get by on. I don't much have an ideal career in mind -- I'll do mostly anything that keeps me busy enough to make the hours go by, and one that I don't have to take home with me. My mini-dreams have always been being a waitress or a bartender, because for as much as I don't connect with or am annoyed by people, I still like being around them, in a crowd, as long as I don't have to get in to them for too much.
If your friend was attacked (by a person, animal, or (in the magic world) beast), what would you do? In all honesty, I would probably freeze up and stare like a rabbit on the freeway. My natural fear response is not exactly one that guarantees high survival. However, if it were a person and it was a verbal attack, I would respond in kind -- lots of yelling, etc. I'm a small person, physically, and I know I can't do much damage, but I would still want to do something. Also, I would feel obligated to hate the attacker for the rest of all time, and see all of their future actions in a very jaded light -- never giving them the benefit of the doubt on anything, all good actions done with an ulterior motive, etc. And I would make sure everyone else would know what a horrible thing they had done, attacking my friend.
Monsters or animals -- no, just pure frozen terror. *useless*
Would you ever use an Unforgivable Curse for any reason? Most likely not. If I got mad enough, I would probably fantasize about it with great intensity, but I would most likely never go through with it. If I hated someone enough to wish death on them, the Killing Curse would be way too simple and easy of a death. And while there might be great entertainment value in Imperius, I think it would be much more satisfying to somehow trick them into doing stupid things or their own volition. And my old college roommate has an icon that sums up my opinions on the last Curse very nicely. It's a picture of a pickle jar that reads "Crucio is for the lazy".
What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities? 1) My ability to empathize with people I care about -- I may be crap at verbal comfort, but I always feel like I need to be doing something to help when those I care about are having problems. Even if my natural response is (futile as mentioned) usually violent. 2) I can sleep nearly anywhere. I know this isn't really a ability or quality, but it comes in damn handy sometimes. 3) I'm fairly artistic -- and I don't just mean in a drawing sort of way, but I like doing other sorts of graphical projects, decorating, things like that. 4) I don't like it when people lie to me, so I try to be as honest as possible. I don't believe in coddling people. 5) I can keep myself entertained for hours with next-to-nothing.
What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities? 1) I'm very easily upset by yelling. My first response is to yell back (even when it's 'pretend yelling', like in a movie) it makes me agitated and sort of crabby. 2) I can be a little over-excitable and hyper if I'm having a good day. 3) With very rare exceptions, the complete inability to believe in myself. 4) I can get really petty and bitter if I feel I have been wronged, and I'm not so much about forgiveness. 5) I'm incredibly stubborn. If I feel like my hand is being forced, I will often do the exact opposite, even if the issue at hand is something that would benefit me.
Define in your own words the following key traits:
Courage: The ability to do what needs to be done, no matter how difficult or scary it is.
Loyalty: Standing by a person (or an ideal, I suppose) when they need you to, looking out for them -- which also includes telling them when they're wrong.
Intelligence: So much more than book smarts -- Intelligence to me would be the ability to take whatever information or skills you have and apply them to the situation to produce the best result. In my opinion, book smarts don't really count for much "intelligence". I am not impressed by the ability to memorize and recite facts, unless they are then used practically.
Ambition: Striving for something -- Not necessarily really great things, but just something -- whatever it is, as long as it's important to you. Not being content with being static.
Name: Meg Kerin
What house do you think DOESN'T fit you? I don't really feel like I belong in Ravenclaw -- I do love reading, and I love knowing things, but I don't have the patience to just learn for its own sake. If the subject doesn't interest me, I wont put much effort into learning it.
Where did you find out about us? Randomly browsing through other people's journals and following links.