What are you like?

Someone recently asked me what I am like, and answering her question has led me on a journey.  I learned that the answer is fluid, always evolving.  What I am like is important to me. I am learning that I need to tend it, protect it, and grow it. 

Last week, I was unexpectedly offered a rare and tempting opportunity.  (More about that in a second…) 

I get naked in my blog sometimes.  I let you see me.  I do that so you will know who I am, and because I believe that vulnerability is powerful.  I also like to start conversations with folks who identify with my stories. I am reminding you of this, because the opportunity that I was unexpectedly offered was something that both tempted me and made me feel like I should keep it a secret. 

I was briefly caught between curiosity and shame, and then I heard the whispered question, “What are you like?” Although part of me was up for this unnamed adventure, I felt a clicking back into place, as I said no. 

I am not telling this time. I am keeping the details in the vault.  I am good at keeping other people’s secrets, and this time I am keeping my own.

I do intend to make some changes to what I am like.  Some of the changes involve little things.  For example, I want to be a person with a neat and clean car.  I have already cleaned out the things that used to live in the big box on my back seat.  (Full disclosure: although most things got thrown out or put away in permanent homes, some things moved into the trunk where they will be out of my sight, at least for now.)  I am a work in progress…

So, what am I like?

I am a childlike old soul.  I am passionate, determined and sometimes derailed.  I am thoughtful, outspoken, gentle and thin-skinned.  I am an active listening, pile generating, cat owned deep thinker. I am a communicator, an emotionally complex dreamer, and a very good friend.

What are you like?

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15 comments

  • Neal Heart

    Neal Heart

    Good information, thanks for sharing.

    Good information, thanks for sharing.

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks Neal. I appreciate you reading along and taking the time to comment. My best to you?

    Thanks Neal. I appreciate you reading along and taking the time to comment. My best to you?

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks Neal!

    Thanks Neal!

  • Robin Brock

    Robin Brock

    Denise, you've inspired me to come clean...but only sort of. LOL. We are similar in that way. I think if we sat over coffee we'd have a great chat.:-)

    Denise, you've inspired me to come clean...but only sort of. LOL. We are similar in that way. I think if we sat over coffee we'd have a great chat.:-)

  • Denise

    Denise

    I would love to have that chat Robin. These days we can have a cup of coffee together, although it would be tea for me, from a distance. Thanks for chiming in. Much appreciated...

    I would love to have that chat Robin. These days we can have a cup of coffee together, although it would be tea for me, from a distance. Thanks for chiming in. Much appreciated...

  • frank

    frank

    Love it....

    Love it....

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks Frank...

    Thanks Frank...

  • gONGLESHANKS

    gONGLESHANKS gRIMNEY

    Hello Denise! Thank you for mentioning me in your blog, I love publicity, can't get enough of it. I love meeting real people, it is very educational being fictional myself. People say that fictional characters take on a 'life of their own' I suppose it was only a matter of time before a character escaped from fiction into reality and I am proud to be the first one to be tweeting in twitterland. Your blog is very interesting and I hope all your dreams come true:-) Love Gongle x

    Hello Denise! Thank you for mentioning me in your blog, I love publicity, can't get enough of it. I love meeting real people, it is very educational being fictional myself. People say that fictional characters take on a 'life of their own' I suppose it was only a matter of time before a character escaped from fiction into reality and I am proud to be the first one to be tweeting in twitterland. Your blog is very interesting and I hope all your dreams come true:-)

    Love Gongle x

  • Denise

    Denise

    Thanks for commenting Gongle! I have been loving getting to know your fictional self. (For other readers, I mentioned him in my newsletter. He is @GongleShanks on Twitter, and is a fabulous fictional fellow, who is now my friend.)

    Thanks for commenting Gongle! I have been loving getting to know your fictional self. (For other readers, I mentioned him in my newsletter. He is @GongleShanks on Twitter, and is a fabulous fictional fellow, who is now my friend.)

  • AnMarie

    AnMarie Miami

    Your writing is as intriguing as your singing. I am wondering if "what are you like" came from a person from the UK. They have a different meaning for it, it is a slang term nearly. I cannot translate for you. However I have been asked it many times by friends from there. LOL Your response to the question does not fit the slang though. It does pose a thought we should all have every now and again. We would grow more quickly if we did. Thanks for your honesty. By the way, Gongle introduced us, amazing isn't he!! Ann

    Your writing is as intriguing as your singing.
    I am wondering if "what are you like" came from a person from the UK. They have a different meaning for it, it is a slang term nearly. I cannot translate for you. However I have been asked it many times by friends from there. LOL
    Your response to the question does not fit the slang though. It does pose a thought we should all have every now and again. We would grow more quickly if we did.
    Thanks for your honesty.
    By the way, Gongle introduced us, amazing isn't he!!
    Ann

  • Denise

    Denise

    Hi Ann! Thanks for visiting, and thanks for your kind words about the blog. The question was asked by an American. I am curious about the UK version! If you come up with a translation, let me know. I know that Gongle introduced us. I love that, and I look forward to getting to know you better. I am a bit smitten with that upside-down imp! He has opened doors for me, and has become a friend. My best to you...

    Hi Ann! Thanks for visiting, and thanks for your kind words about the blog.
    The question was asked by an American. I am curious about the UK version! If you come up with a translation, let me know.
    I know that Gongle introduced us. I love that, and I look forward to getting to know you better.
    I am a bit smitten with that upside-down imp! He has opened doors for me, and has become a friend.
    My best to you...

  • harry

    harry ??

    i am everything.

    i am everything.

  • Denise

    Denise

    Wow Harry, you are a lot of things!

    Wow Harry, you are a lot of things!

  • harry

    harry

    the moment i think, i begin to lose small pieces of everything... slowly, as i think my way further, looking for control, emotion, and logic, i distance myself from the source...everything can soon become nothing..... really? Oy!

    the moment i think, i begin to lose small pieces of everything... slowly, as i think my way further, looking for control, emotion, and logic, i distance myself from the source...everything can soon become nothing..... really? Oy!

  • Denise

    Denise

    You are a deep well Harry. I think that thoughts are powerful. I am learning to shift my feelings by choosing to think and believe positive things. Thanks for showing us what you are like...

    You are a deep well Harry. I think that thoughts are powerful. I am learning to shift my feelings by choosing to think and believe positive things. Thanks for showing us what you are like...

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