Looking in the Mirror

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Our Wednesday Fox asked, “What four words best describe you?” I took some time to mull this over. Ten months ago, I might have chosen different words. These days, I’m learning to stay at home more and making do with what we have. If I were to look at myself in the mirrors above, what I see in each would be different due to the way they’re curved. Life is all about curves, twists, and turns, so what I see could well depend on the day and time I’m looking. I tried to choose four words that apply to me most of the time. Though others might see me differently, these are the four words I chose:

Curious: This word has applied to me for as long as I can remember. From the time I learned to read, I loved to learn about people and places outside my own world, and I devoured books and films that took me everywhere. I’ve also loved to learn new skills, try new foods, and learn languages. This definitely hasn’t changed as I’ve aged, and with so much information on the internet I’m taking advantage of my retirement to indulge myself even more.

Content: Despite my curiosity, I’m happy with who I am, where I am and what I have. I’m relatively healthy, I’ve had a good education and career, and all of my children are gainfully employed. I honestly can’t think of anything I would change if I could. No, it’s not perfect, but I’ve learned that sometimes the things we wish for aren’t any better than what we already have. And since what I have is enough, I’m not going to wish for more. 

Distracted: I think this is a side-effect of my curiosity. Since I have so many interests and hobbies, it’s sometimes difficult to get things done in a timely manner. While I’m working on one thing, my mind has already moved on to the next thing I should be doing. Sometimes I’ll get up and go on to the next thing, leaving the first thing unfinished. Normally, the “must do” items on my list are finished when they need to be done, but it usually takes much longer than it should. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t need much sleep. 

Disorganized:  This refers to the things in my life; the stuff that’s accumulated in my house. My daughters are convinced that they’re going to see me on an episode of Hoarders someday. Not every part of my life is disorganized. I have little pockets of space where items are always put away in their designated places so that I can find things I always need, like food, clothing, my phone and purse. But most of my hobbies require lots of stuff in order to participate in them. These long months of staying at home have been good for me in that I believe I’m making progress organizing stuff I need to keep and getting rid of stuff I don’t. I’m also more conscious about not bringing new things into my house unless I can take the same amount of items (or more) out of it. Of course, I’ve had to take in some of my mom’s stuff that she couldn’t bear to toss out or give away, but fortunately that’s all contained in one room in the basement. I’ll deal with that when I have to – but in the meantime, I’ll keep chipping away and hoping that by the time hubby and I are ready to downsize, my stuff will be pared down to a manageable amount. 

What words would you use to describe yourself?


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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9 Responses to Looking in the Mirror

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Wow. Once again, you’ve composed something that — with the change of a few words — could easily be stolen by me for Hound Day. [You’re probably wondering WHICH few words would be changed… aren’t you?]
    Now I wonder what I’ll post on Thursday?
    Love this quote: “what I see in each would be different due to the way they’re curved. Life is all about curves, twists, and turns, so what I see could well depend on the day and time I’m looking…”

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  2. Looks like we are often on the same wavelength, as Jeff said above. I used to be very organized.
    |I am happy for you that “Content” is there and near the top.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I think I learned contentment from my dad. I figure if he could be happy with his life after all he went through, I have no right to be unhappy.


  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Good post. I like your four words. I also like the same quote Jeff did. It’s very true.

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  4. So glad to see content on your list. I think that can be a hard one to acquire. Distracted and disorganized are both words that could describe me as well. It does come down to hobbies and how that takes up so much space.

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  5. Cautious, blessed, hopeful, faithful. I thought hard about those words. Phrases come to mind, but those four single words I think sum me up.

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