Stranger Days #34: More Questions

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Welcome to stranger days--my blog series exploring daily life, challenges in times of the COVID-19 pandemic, and just sharing insights or thoughts about how to make it through these days.  

Back earlier on, I started the daily questions as I mentioned here.  Just a daily question I text or message to friends as a means to let them know I'm there, engage with them a bit, and see what conversation comes from it.  A month later (or 735 years in COVID-Time), and it continues to be an enjoyable daily practice that I have found comforting and appreciated that my friends and family put up with it.  

After the first two weeks or so, I started using my own questions, figuring it was fun to see what I could come up with. I shared some of those questions in a previous post as well.  Well, I'm circling back here with that list and even more questions that I've added since so that if you are reading this and are looking for a good place to start with your questions, these are have provided some great results.  Some answers require more deeper engagement than others, but that's part of the fun. Some days, the questions are deep and others, they're fun and goofy.  Friends know they are welcome to answer what they want, when they want.  You'll also notice there are some bonus questions/follow up questions, I find these are sometimes where the conversations really expand and provide new insights and understandings about my friends.

  1. You have been granted 3 wishes (and, of course, no wishing for more wishes).  However, the wishes can't be for anything.  They must follow this formula: A wish that you do not benefit in the least (careful--you can't say something like "world peace" or "climate change resolved").  A wish that is ENTIRELY to your personal benefit and is non-monetary.   A completely ridiculous wish.
  2. What do you deserve a degree in that isn't actually a degree?  
  3. In the "Story Of Your Life", who would be a side-character that gets some attention?
  4. If you were told you had to create fan-fiction (written, audio, film, etc), what story would you create fanfiction for?
  5. What advice would your 5-yeard old self give to you, the adult that you are today?  (Careful with this one, people often read it as the adult today giving advice to the 5-year-old).  
  6. You get doused with a strange chemical and all of a sudden, gain a super-power.  But it's not a run-of-the-mill superpower like flight, X-ray vision, teleportation, or super-speed. It's a really weird and strange superpower.  What is your superpower?
  7. What is something at one point you wanted to do, but decided NOT to do, and now, feel that you made the right decision?
  8. The ends of bread.  The BEST part of a loaf of bread or the worse?  Defend your answer.  No waffling or being indifferent--take a stand!  :) 
  9. You can have a front-row (but fully protected) seat to a severe thunder and lightning storm in wide-open prairie OR you can watch the sunrise over a mountain range with a placid lake in the forefront.  Which do you choose and why?
  10. If you could walk into any painting (note: not a photograph), which one would you walk into?  Bonus points if you include an image of the painting OR a link to it.  
  11. This question is more of an activity. If you don't have time for it--no worries, but it's a fun lil exercise.  Ok, close your eyes. And listen and feel and determine, if you awoke right where you are now but couldn't open your eyes; what clues around you would help to tell you where you are.  You know where you are but what information can you discern about where you are without seeing it.
  12. What is a sensory experience (eating, smelling, listening, feeling, seeing) that often/usually triggers a positive memory for you?
  13. You've got an itch on your nose but you cannot scratch it or rub your nose against something to make it go away (or have someone else do it!).  How do you try to resolve or distract yourself from this annoyance?
  14. The next ten days is a COMPLETE blank slate. There are no work obligations, no familial obligations, no social obligations. You're completely free to do what you want to do.  What is the first you're excited to do when you wake up on Day 1 and what is the last thing you do before the end of Day 10.  
  15. What is something that you have learned to do that at some point, you did not think was possible for you to learn/do?   Bonus question: How did you get there?
  16. What is the most annoying song that you instantly need to change or flea the scene the second you hear it playing?  It has to be a song--not a genre, singer, band, etc. A specific song.  Bonus points if you link to the music video online.  

So, what questions of these do you find most interesting?  What questions can you come up with on your own?

Take care. Be careful. Be care-filled.  Welcome to stranger days.

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