100 Things About Me

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 31st May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Do you think you could write down 100 things about yourself? Many people would say they couldn't but I believe everyone can come up with their own list.

Introduction

Here is another writing prompt which I enjoyed doing. Some people find it hard to talk about themselves and this exercise is designed to make them do just that.

First 25 Things About Me


1. I grew up with my grandmother on my father's side. My mother and father were never married and my father took me home to his mother.

2. My mother decided to put me up for adoption until my grandmother stepped in and came to my rescue.

3. We were dirt poor and my grandmother could not get any social aid because I did not belong to her. The welfare told her to give me back to one of my parents and then they would help her. She refused. She took in washing and ironing and babies to try and make ends meet.

4. I had two other sisters born after me that I hardly ever saw, they too lived in separate homes.

5. My mother would come and take me to her home for a visit now and then but I hated it. I hardly knew her.

6. My mom would promise me things and then not deliver, from that experience in early childhood, I learned to think negatively. It was easier to accept that nothing good would happen than to wish for good things that never happened.

7. I never had any friends as a young child. Up until the age of five, I was not allowed out of my grandmother's sight.

8. Elementary school proved to be very traumatic; I did not know how to socialize.

9. I was always fat and the kids at school shunned me, they wouldn't play with me and they called me names.

10. I became introverted. I played alone most of the time with my dogs. They became my constant companions.

11. Since I was always in the company of older people, I became very mature for my young age.

12. I was always a very sensitive child and cried at the drop of a hat.

13. I wanted friends so desperately but it seemed that every time I had friends it was a threesome and I was the odd man out.

14. At the age of nine, I decided that I would write a book about all my failed friendships and the hurt that went with them.

15. I wrote Picking Up the Pieces: A Woman's Journey in 2004, it included those stories and many others.

16. Since I was always fat, I did not have a very good dating experience as a teenager and I was very unhappy.

17. I hated my childhood and teenage years.

18. I grew to be a person who did not have many friends, but I was a wonderful friend to those I had.

19. My grandmother always had dogs, and birds. To this day I still love dogs, but I really do not care that much for the cackle of birds.

20. I love to watch birds in the wild. I believe they are a testament of God's magnificent artistry. I just don't want birds in my home.

21. I am the oldest of three daughters, my sister Linda is the middle sister married with three children and a grandmother, my youngest sister Joyce passed away in January 2006. She too was a mother of three, and a grandmother.

22. I am a mother, and a grandmother of one. Tyler my grandson is 19 years old.

23. I fell deeply in love at the age of 16. Wendell was 24. The relationship broke up after eight months. I cried myself to sleep for four years after that.

24. From the age of 16 - 20, I refused to look at another boyfriend. No one could even come close to my Wendell.

25. At one time my best friend was the stepmother of my best friend who left Montreal to go back to Nova Scotia.

Second 25 things about me

25. At one time my best friend was the stepmother of my best friend who left Montreal to go back to Nova Scotia.

26. At sixteen, Joanne the stepmother used me as her therapist. She said I was so wise. She told me not long ago that she would not have made it through those years without me. I was her only source of support, and I brought sanity to her chaotic world.

27. I was always the champion of the underdog and I befriended people who were mentally unstable, and the people who lived on the fringe of society.

28. I always loved to write. My first story was published on the school bulletin board when I was eleven years old. It was a story of meeting my dream actress in person - Lucille Ball.

29. Today I have written over 5000 short stories, published two books. I have published in magazines and anthologies. I am a columnist for a few small online newspapers and I am the publisher of my own e-zine Storytime Tapestry. I am also a freelance writer, ghostwriter and researcher.

30. I was an average student in high school but blossomed when I entered CEGEP (college for Americans).

31. I picked a course called general psychology, I didn't even know what it was but I loved it. I knew that I had finally found my niche; whatever I did in life would have to include psychology.

32. I enjoy studying the workings of the brain. I find it fascinating. I particularly find how
several people can experience the same neutral event and each will react in a different way towards that event is remarkable.

33. My mother and sisters are French Canadian, I am English Canadian. I was raised English by my English grandmother. I have very little in common with my mother and surviving sister. They are Roman Catholic and I am Protestant. We don't even eat the same kinds of food. Our lifestyles are very different.

34. My son is going to be 39 years old on September 17. He is a Virgo

35. I am a Pisces - I was born on March 6

36. I was attracted to my future husband because he reminded me of Wendell, otherwise I probably would never have dated him either.

37. We were married on April 3, 1976 and we divorced in July 1981.

38. I was a single parent for almost all of my son's life.

39. I dated a man who mentally abused me a year after I divorced my husband. We never lived together but I was with him on an on and off basis for 12 years. He told me I couldn't do anything right. I believed him. Then one day I woke up.

40. My son was a problem child and then a juvenile delinquent. I had a hard time finding boyfriends after John. Either men were not attracted to me (told me so) because of my weight or they were turned off by my son's behaviour. Either way I was alone for 23 years.

41. My husband was schizophrenic, we were always afraid that my son would inherit the disease. My son still has problems today.

42. I had a hard time raising my son alone, we were poor and I ran after every resource I could find to get him professional help.

43. I was very lonely those years my son was growing up. My family was not very supportive.

44. My father lived with my grandmother (his mother) and me until I was five years old. He got married to another woman - not my mother and then moved out.

45. He came back once when I was nine. He was drunk and announced I was not his f---ing child anyhow. My whole life fell apart then. I suddenly realized that I really had no biological family. The woman I loved more than life itself was not my biological grandmother. I may as well have been an orphan. And I understood the true meaning of the word rejection.

46. I vowed I would never have my children grow up without a father, and then I became a single parent and did the same thing to my son as my father did to me. I could not forgive myself even though it was really not my fault. Mental illness is something that we do not control or wish away that easily. I divorced for very good reasons. I never forgave myself for depriving my son of a father though. I of all people understood that pain.

47. I started to work when I was 17, I did not have the luxury of going on to college. We were poor and my grandmother needed the income.

48. I worked for three months in a factory. Then I got a job as a filing clerk in an insurance company in 1972. I worked there until 1981. By that time I was divorced and a still a clerk but head of a small department.

49. Up until I got married I was extremely shy. Having maybe one or two good friends.

50. I was pregnant when I got married. I worked all day and went to school at night. When the baby came I had to give up school or else I would never have seen my son.

Third 25 things about me

51. I always enjoyed learning new things. I never forgot about my love for psychology.

52. I have been a volunteer all of my life. I volunteered as lunch mother, library assistant, and PTA and secretary for the Parents group at my son's school.

53. I have served on the board of directors in every position from telephone sales person to membership director, activities director, to president of a chapter of a single parent association.

54. I enjoy playing scrabble and played with an actual intermediate international champion winner here in Montreal for years.

55. I have never been good with crossword puzzles or jigsaw puzzles and lose patience trying to do them.

56. I lose patience with anything that requires using my hands, like knitting etc.

56. I lose patience with anything that requires using my hands, like knitting etc.

57. I can be very clumsy.

58. Plants die around me. I don't have a green thumb. I am all thumbs.

59. I have always had trouble with numbers. I can make mistakes counting.

60. I worked at several places after the insurance company but kept losing my job due to companies closing down.

61. I decided to go back to university at the age of 37.

62. I have bachelors in psychology and masters in counseling psychology.

63. I took a year of Family Life Education as well.

64. I enjoy psychology, religion, sociology, anthropology; mostly anything to do with people.

65. I am no longer introverted; I am a people person though quiet. I once thought I could not live without people around me. Now that I have my Internet connection I always have people around me.

66. I rediscovered my desire to write because of the internet. I also found out that I have learning disabilities in the area of numbers - dyscalculia, and reading dyslexia.

67. I make mistakes when I write and I do not see my errors. Despite all of that I am proud that I have accomplished as much as I did.

68. When I was 27 I had a palm reader read my palms. He said I had a special gift yet he did not know what it was.

69. Now as middle-aged woman I know that I am an empath. I feel things and I sometimes know the future.

70. I have prophetic dreams. If you want to know more about that read my story about dreams coming up soon here on Wikinut.

71. I am known as the cat lady. A few years ago I had eight cats. Today I have two.

72. I find I relate better with adults than with children. When we were little, my mother would say that my sister Linda would run an orphanage when she grew up and I would run an animal shelter. That pretty much summed up our personalities.

73. I have worked as a clerk, secretary, telemarketer, and customer service rep. I also sold Avon and Tupperware.

74. I enjoy learning about the various religions of the world.

75. I met my current boyfriend 15 years ago. He is Jewish and I am Christian.

The last 25 things about me

76. I attend synagogue with my boyfriend and enjoy learning about the Jewish faith and Jewish mysticism; Kabbalah and Zohar.

77. My favourite outing is dinner and a movie.

78. My favourite films are horror classics and psychological dramas. My favourite movie of all time is Imitation of life.

79. My favourite psychologists/psychiatrists - Virginia Satir, Milton Erickson, Viktor Frankl, Steven DeShazer (not sure of the spelling - from the Palo Alto center in California)

80. Favourite authors: Somerset Maugham, Charles Dickens,the Brontes, and John Steinbeck.

81. Favourite music: soul, rhythm and blues, soft pop. I never acquired the taste for classic though.

82. Favourite foods are: Indian curries, steak and baked potato, cheesecake and apple pie.

83. I like to cook but I am a terrible housekeeper.

84. I never learned to ride a bike, drive a car or skate. I am fearful of not being on solid ground.

85. If I could live my life over again I would not have married who I did, I would have waited instead of feeling threatened because my younger sister married before I did.

86. I have always been a person who craved security and now I am learning to let go and set my spirit free.

87. I am starting to look into the ancient wisdom of the universe, follow the law of attraction, and starting to demand what I want.

88. I have always been a giver, now I am learning to take what I want from this life.

89. I am not fearful of the future like I once was.

90. I used to adhere to the concept of dharma, one’s duty in life, and now I am starting
to feel that I can shape my own life.

91. I want to continue to write and create for the enjoyment of myself and others.

92. I believe in the concept of living and let live. I try not to judge others according to my beliefs and standards.

93. I am still the champion of the underdog.

94. At one time I used to hate how I am, now I love who I am.

95. I am a forgiving person.

96. My integrity is just about the most important thing to me, far more important than monetary gain or status.

97. I speak English, French and Hebrew..

98. I have diabetes, I am arthritic and perimenopausal, but I am still kicking. I also have Fibromyalgia, liver trouble, kidney trouble and heart trouble.

99. I have overcome many challenges in life and my spirit will never die.

100. My plans for the future are to write, write, write, travel, and perhaps win the lottery and I will have all that need and want. My greatest asset is the love I have from family and friends. I do not need anything more.

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author avatar Carol Roach
Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
1st Jun 2015 (#)

My life is simple. I am a multifaceted Creative artist who is a mother of one with a determination to be the next Michael Jackson and there is no stopping to what I would do next. As I always say, You ain't seen nothin' yet, the best is yet to come.
Well I am not a nut to disclose my life out openly, just facets of it and some of it told between friends is just a facet too.... Take care, your life your way and enjoy your life-being. I am a married-single mum and happier that way. Not desperate for a man, never will be.

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author avatar Ptrikha
1st Jun 2015 (#)

Amazing article idea. I am also thinking if I can write something on similar terms.

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author avatar Retired
1st Jun 2015 (#)

So honest and straight from the heart.

You're an amazing person who has made her mark in this world of her own.

Congratulations on being the author of the day.

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author avatar Retired
1st Jun 2015 (#)

We could probably all write 100 things about ourselves, but in most cases they would not be very interesting!

I can see that Carol and I have some things in common, but others where we are poles apart!

For example, I am also interested in Charles Dickens - I once wrote a 200-page index for the Dickens Fellowship that is my only published hardback book - but our tastes in music are at opposite extremes!

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author avatar Shamarie
1st Jun 2015 (#)

This is a very good post, Carol! And congrats on being Author of the Day!!!

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author avatar Carol Roach
1st Jun 2015 (#)

you guys I never look at the author of the day I don't even know where it is.

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author avatar brendamarie
1st Jun 2015 (#)

Great article Carol! Way to go on being author of the day.

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author avatar Kingwell
1st Jun 2015 (#)

I like this and read everyone including those you repeated lol! You still did one hundred of course and I'm amazed that we have so much in common. Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
1st Jun 2015 (#)

Congratulations on being author of the day! Blessings.

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author avatar WOGIAM
1st Jun 2015 (#)

I am in awe of you Carol, you have been so strong despite all you have experienced, your no. 99 sums all the 100 things about you.
I wish you the very best in everything you do, Shalom.

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author avatar vickylass
1st Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks for having helped me to sort out my writer´s block. This is an excellent idea and we´ll see what I come up with. Reading your list, I see that you and I have something in common and it is that my father said that he loved my mother dearly and that he didn´t need a priest´s blessing. Congrats for having been author of the day!

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author avatar Retired
1st Jun 2015 (#)

So interesting reading 100 things about you. Well done on being author of the day. =)

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author avatar Tin Can
2nd Jun 2015 (#)

Hello Carol,
I love the openness and simplicity of how you put your life down on paper. I can learn a lot from your frankness.
Thank you for the wonderful piece "100 Things about me."

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