Tuesday, June 3, 2014

BBL 2013-2014 | Make a List of 200 Words That Describe Me


#20 MAKE A LIST OF 200 WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME

Why did I include this on my Bucket List?

When I went back to college 5 years ago, I took a class where we were required to keep a blog.  We were instructed to write an introductory post describing ourselves to our professor and classmates.  I opted to make my introduction via a list of 200 words and phrases about myself.  I've kept the list all this time and I thought it would be interesting to see how a new list would compare.

Was the experience what I had hoped it would be?

I was honestly expecting this to be just a fun little thing to do for kicks, but it ended up being something completely different.  When I compared my list from then to my list now, I was stunned to see how much my perception of myself has changed.  And not for the better.  The past 4 years have been tough in so many ways, and I've been so caught up in the day to day struggle to just get through them that I didn't realize how profound an effect they were having on who I am.  I  used to be a happier, more optimistic person with a lot more pride, self-esteem and self-worth.  These days I am much more serious, more pessimistic, and way too hard on myself and those around me.  None of which are improvements, to say the least.

I am glad that I did this, even though I'm not in love with what I've learned.  The first step towards any change is realizing that the change needs to happen.  Now that the worst of it is (hopefully) behind us, I can start focusing on learning to loosen up and enjoy life more.

The details...

I sat down and made a list of 200 things that described me. I then found my original list and compared the two to see the similarities and the difference. There were 121 items on the list that were the same, which is actually less that I was expecting. However, I was surprised by how many of the items I had listed in the exact same order or using the exact same terminology. (I ended up rearranging my new list as I was comparing to the old one, just because it was easier to keep track that way!) There were some items on the old list that I would have put on the new list if I would have thought of them, but I was stunned by how many of them no longer apply.

Old List
(items found on both lists are bold)

1. daughter
2. granddaughter
3. student
4. virgo
5. dog lover
6. cat lover
7. only child
8. friend
9. home owner
10. female
11. optometrist
12. girlfriend
13. caring
14. organized
15. confident
16. blogger
17. compassionate
18. reader
19. movie goer
20. care giver
21. hostess
22. colleague
23. divorced
24. runner
25. philosophical
26. decision maker
27. cook
28. neat freak
29. teacher
30. country music lover
31. empathetic
32. blue eyes
33. determined
34. boss
35. Michigan native
36. trustworthy
37. 30 - something
38. optimistic
39. silly
40. intelligent
41. respectful
42. open-minded
43. happy
44. expressive
45. good listener
46. over achiever
47. pet mama
48. sympathetic
49. out going
50. hard worker
51. friendly
52. talkative
53. chocoholic
54. hopeful
55. creative
56. understanding
57. planner
58. goofy
59. opinionated
60. driven
61. smart
62. funny
63. procrastinator
64. Pepsi drinker
65. contemplative
66. brown hair
67. loves to laugh
68. sorority sister
69. selfish
70. lead foot
71. hypoglycemic
72. book lover
73. night owl
74. perfectionist
75. coffee hater
76. Caucasian
77. traveler
78. thoughtful
79. grounded
80. introspective
81. wine drinker
82. board game lover
83. independent
84. claustrophobic
85. forgiving
86. scrapbooker
87. photographer
88. passionate
89. tidy
90. green thumb
91. reasonable
92. sincere
93. water drinker
94. logical
95. bike rider
96. math lover
97. adventurous
98. politics
99. responsible
100. kind
101. ice cream lover
102. horrible hand writing
103. non-smoker
104. book club member
105. co-worker
106. blue lover
107. discriminating
108. analytical
109. sushi lover
110. sensible
111. intellectual
112. swimmer
113. beach bum
114. student of science
115. down to earth
116. loyal
117. educated
118. bowler
119. affectionate
120. random
121. accomplished
122. genuine
123. pizza lover
124. allergy sufferer
125. critical
126. practical
127. picky
128. honest
129. biology degree holder
130. integrity
131. flexible
132. perceptive
133. good memory
134. busy
135. 80's music fan
136. genealogy
137. capable
138. giving
139. medical field
140. strong
141. resourceful
142. supportive
143. homebody
144. advice giver
145. believe in myself
146. Chinese food lover
147. dreamer
148. quote collector
149. cousin
150. record keeper
151. loner
152. precise
153. silver lining
154. generous
155. anal retentive
156. list maker
157. considerate
158. patient
159. sweet tooth
160. manners
161. significant other
162. stubborn
163. meticulous
164. fast walker
165. health conscious
166. best friend
167. uptight
168. weight lifter
169. Italian food lover
170. glasses wearer
171. contact lens wearer
172. niece
173. shoulder to cry on
174. health care provider
175. accepting
176. proud
177. fear of failure
178. chick flicks
179. literature enthusiast
180. family oriented
181. English major
182. Facebook junkie
183. theater goer
184. Dave Matthews Band fan
185. punctual
186. conscientious
187. polite
188. Midwesterner
189. good communicator
190. self sufficient
191. horrible speller
192. roller coaster lover
193. detail oriented
194. registered voter
195. costume party fanatic
196. cheerful
197. college graduate
198. high expectations
199. adaptive
200. intuitive


New List
(items found on both lists are bold)
  1. daughter
  2. granddaughter
  3. virgo
  4. dog lover
  5. cat lover
  6. only child
  7. friend
  8. home owner
  9. female
  10. optometrist
  11. caring
  12. organized
  13. blogger
  14. compassionate
  15. reader
  16. movie goer
  17. care giver
  18. hostess
  19. divorced
  20. philosophical
  21. cook
  22. neat freak
  23. country music lover
  24. empathetic
  25. blue eyes
  26. determined
  27. Michigan native
  28. trustworthy
  29. 30 - something
  30. intelligent
  31. trustworthy
  32. open-minded
  33. pet mama
  34. sympathetic
  35. hard worker
  36. friendly
  37. talkative
  38. chocoholic
  39. creative
  40. planner
  41. opinionated
  42. driven
  43. smart
  44. procrastinator
  45. contemplative
  46. loves to laugh
  47. selfish
  48. lead foot
  49. hypoglycemic
  50. book lover
  51. night owl
  52. perfectionist
  53. coffee hater
  54. Caucasian
  55. traveler
  56. thoughtful
  57. grounded
  58. introspective
  59. wine drinker
  60. board game lover
  61. independent
  62. photographer
  63. tidy
  64. sincere
  65. logical
  66. math lover
  67. adventurous
  68. responsible
  69. kind
  70. horrible hand writing
  71. non-smoker
  72. blue lover
  73. grounded
  74. analytical
  75. sushi lover
  76. sensible
  77. intellectual
  78. loyal
  79. educated
  80. random
  81. allergy sufferer
  82. critical
  83. practical
  84. picky
  85. honest
  86. perceptive
  87. good memory
  88. busy
  89. 80's music fan
  90. capable
  91. strong
  92. supportive
  93. homebody
  94. advice giver
  95. loner
  96. precise
  97. generous
  98. anal retentive
  99. list maker
  100. considerate
  101. patient
  102. significant other
  103. stubborn
  104. meticulous
  105. fast walker
  106. health conscious
  107. uptight
  108. glasses wearer
  109. contact lens wearer
  110. niece
  111. theater goer
  112. punctual
  113. conscientious
  114. polite
  115. Midwesterner
  116. self sufficient
  117. horrible speller
  118. detail oriented
  119. college graduate
  120. high expectations
  121. intuitive
  122. wife
  123. sister-in-law
  124. daughter-in-law
  125. employee
  126. hiker
  127. lazy
  128. restless
  129. water lover
  130. blonde
  131. right handed
  132. business owner
  133. Instagram junkie
  134. confidant
  135. Phoenician
  136. married
  137. childless by choice
  138. corvette lover
  139. tattoos
  140. rule follower
  141. original
  142. lifetime learner
  143. problem solver
  144. social
  145. nostalgic
  146. fortunate
  147. picky eater
  148. thinker
  149. reliable
  150. goal oriented
  151. rational
  152. spouse
  153. observant
  154. stable
  155. realistic
  156. efficient
  157. creature of habit
  158. level headed
  159. methodical
  160. controlling
  161. helpful
  162. serious
  163. cautious
  164. short tempered
  165. devoted
  166. complex
  167. baker
  168. contradiction
  169. high standards
  170. thorough
  171. routine lover
  172. chapstick addict
  173. unusual
  174. evaluative
  175. demanding
  176. change craver
  177. flipflop whore
  178. old school
  179. reminiscer
  180. stressed
  181. SUV owner
  182. ethical
  183. sensitive
  184. inflexible
  185. detached
  186. straightforward
  187. tense
  188. dynamic
  189. nap lover
  190. moody
  191. silence seeker
  192. dedicated
  193. strong willed
  194. focused
  195. fair skin
  196. clumsy
  197. oldies fan
  198. wavy hair
  199. two left feet
  200. partner
Do you want to see my entire 2013-2014 Birthday Bucket List?  You can find it here. Did you miss my 2012-2013 List? You can find it here.  Or my 2011-2012 List? You can find it here.

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