A middle aged mermaid, turned mountain lover. Avid SCUBA diver, spear fisher, outdoor adventure lover. Married with a dog (sweet) and cat (ornery). My husband is the mac to my cheese, the yin to my yang and the keeper of calm in the household.
I love to sing, draw, act, do improv…I generally do not shy away from being the center of attention. Yet I am pretty shy, at least initially and I can be pretty quiet at times. I’m opinionated yes, but I do listen to other sides. As long as I get that respect in return we’ll be good. However, I do not suffer fools gladly. And I have zero tolerance for willful ignorance. Or deliberate meanness. I’m sweet as can be and nice to everyone – until you cross me or someone I love – then look out! I can have a sharp tongue and am no stranger to sarcasm. My philosophy is “if you dish it out, be prepared to take it”.
It doesn’t matter to me if you are the janitor or the CEO. Everyone is going to get treated the same, with respect, until it becomes obvious you don’t deserve it. I always root for the underdog. I look for those on the fringes and I give voice to the voiceless.
I feel like I was born about 60 years too late. I’m well versed in pop culture – from the 1950’s back! Don’t ask me about a Gaga, Kardashian or Bieber – I neither know nor care. As far as I’m concerned, almost nothing remotely resembling music has been published since the turn of the century (the 21st not the 20th :)) I’m a constant reader – of fiction, non-fiction, biographies, historical fiction, phone books, technical manuals – if you find me, a book will be close by. Ok probably on my phone app or E reader, one of my few concessions to technology.
I’ve always marched to the beat of a different drummer – sometimes this has worked for me, sometimes not. Nevertheless, I set my own path and stick to it. Peer pressure has never been in my vocabulary. I generally cannot be swayed once I’ve made a decision. I don’t necessarily ask others to follow my path, but I do expect them to respect the path I’ve chosen. I do my best not to judge. And ask the same from others.
I always give very good advice, but I very seldom follow it. My modus operandi has generally been to cut off my nose to spite my face. I can be stubborn. And I HATE to be wrong. This has generally not worked well for me and are qualities I continue to struggle with every day. On the plus side though, I am extremely self aware. I know my shortcomings and I’m not afraid to put them out there. After all, if you don’t acknowledge them, you can’t possibly fix them.
I’m a work in progress. And I’m ok with that. I really don’t think you could ask for anything more.
I welcome any and all feedback. Comments make life fun. The more interactive this can become the better.