Tuesday, May 22, 2007

7 things

Thank you, Matt, for tagging me. I feel all special and good! Here are the rules for "7 things:"

Each player starts with 7 random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their seven things, as well as these rules. You need to choose 7 people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them that they have been tagged and to read your blog!

1. When I was growing up I hated my name. The most beautiful name, in my opinion, was Tina. My dad was an elementary education college professor, so I got lots of textbooks that were mine to do with as I wished. I wrote Tina in ballpoint pen on the cover of every single one.

2. I like odd numbers. So any temperature or digital audio control that I'm in charge of will always be set at an odd number. No, I won't freak out if it's set even, but I don't like it much. What's good about my age is that I have an early January birthday, and even when my age is even (like this year -- 46), the year is odd. And that's a good thing.

3. For as long as I can remember, I've felt like I wasn't as good as everyone else. I graduated high school and earned the highest scholarship my school gives, and was 12th academically in a class of 400. But I didn't feel smart. I did group counseling in my 20s, and when someone told me I was a perfectionist, I said in all sincerity, "Oh, I'm not good enough to be that!" and then nearly cried as the whole group burst out laughing. I didn't get the joke till years later. The BEST I've ever felt about myself is right now.

4. Because I was a bookish sort of girl whose parents had to force her outside to play (my idea of heaven was sitting on my canopy bed surrounded by lots of books and reading for hours) I wasn't athletic growing up. So I still get a secret thrill every time I do a handstand or run a race or do anything physical, because it's still a new thing to see myself as athletic.

5. I love swimming underwater in the ocean, past where the waves are breaking. It's peaceful, frightening, and thrilling all at the same time.

6. I used to think I notice lots of things, until going on the hike with Stacy whose brain never stops! But seriously, I notice design, fashion, and fitness, and most of my thoughts are of the "I wonder why they did that?" or "I know how to make that better!" variety.

7. I think athleticism and sensuality are intimately connected, and I love scenes in movies that depict athletic sensuality or sensual athleticism. (No, I'm not talking about porn here!) Someday I'd love to put together a video of scenes from movies that illustrate this, like the skate-off from Roll Bounce and some of the dance sequences from Stayin' Alive, which are the two examples I can think of right now.

I don't know who to tag. And I'm out of time. So I'm tagging anyone who would like to play but hasn't been tagged yet. Consider yourself tagged!

2 comments:

KatieFeldmom said...

The BEST I've ever felt about myself is right now. That is awesome!!! Way to go!!!

Brit-Man said...

Leslie, I'm sorry for the way you felt about yourself. I'm not going to sound like someone who pities you, or sees you as a a charity case, you're nowhere close to that, but to me your emotional qualities, and human gifts, stand you head and shoulders above millions of others in this world.

The emotional / mental you today, may be the person you were for a long time, but you never truly looked hard enough to find her, for some time.

Some people are like that, they never realise much about themselves, until life forces them to, or the seed is planted.

You have become someone many people admire, respect and no doubt class as an inspiration. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to attest to all three of those things.

For me, you're everything a person should be, and time has served to build upon the Heart you were born with, and make it a wonderful driving force, behind all of your personality, character and humanness.

I know from past writings you've had times, when you have never felt 100% right, in your own mind, (I'm not going to dwell on that), but I don't think that has ever detracted from who you are, and for all the things you may have gone through in your life, to be where you are now, to be who you are now, on a parental and human level, and for all those things, you should be immensely proud of yourself.

You've achieved a lot in 46.46271654 ish years ;-), and for anybody reading your writings closely, they showcase pretty much all of you as a person, and show who you are and where your journey has taken you.

So don't ever feel less than the person you are. Do you have a right to feel like a proper woman, and feel special, YES, you do, and I'm glad you are now finding more ability to love and accept more, all the amazing things that make you you.

You've a right to have a good physical, emotional and mental balance, and even if it's taken 35-40+ years, I think for you it's definitely been worth the wait.

So enjoy being you, and know it's ALWAYS admired, appreciated.

Thank you for always being you Leslie, and as for the name, I personally think it sounds quite intelligent, and projects more confidence than a name like Tina.

Though who would begrudge you your childhood daydreams. After all, they all helpde make you who you are today, and that's a.o.k in my book.

Have a wonderful day Leslie, and best wishes :-) :-).

Matt

P.S. I didn't actually start the tag game, but you would definitely have been one of my tags if I had :-).