, whose goal in life is clearly to make me turn red as a beet.
Once more, the meme: Reply to this post by yelling "Words!" and I will give you five words that remind me of you. Then post them in your LJ and explain what they mean to you.
Brilliant: I grew up being told I was brilliant, and granted most things come easily to me. But truthfully? While I recognize I'm a quick study, I've really never seen how I'm significantly smarter
than the people around me. They know things and think of things I never could all the time, so how are they less intelligent than I am? I don't know what intelligence is, but I'd really like to. I want to know what it is that people see that they think separates them from those of us who're "brilliant." What is it that they perceive or that I'm doing that leaves a near stranger impressed after a conversation with me? What is it that they think they don't have? Because from where I stand, I'm not seeing that much of a difference. I'm impressed with people who'd label themselves 'normal' or even 'below average' on a regular basis.
Esoteric: Her polite way of saying "weird." ;) It's okay; I am weird, and I'm happy about it. I just follow what interests me, and I don't care whether it "makes sense" according to other peoples' preconceptions of how things should work. People get hung up over way too many things that don't matter. What matters is fulfilling my responsibilities, helping people when they're in pain, and leaving the world a better place than I found it. Pretty much everything else is a matter for my amusement. And yours, if you can relax enough to enjoy it.
Talented: Talent is a funny thing. I do believe it exists. Some of it just have a knack for certain things. Some people could devote their lives to the cello but simply never be able to attain the heights of a Yo Yo Ma, and the difference is not in the hard work. He's simply more gifted than they are. But that said, it's mostly work. All the talent in the world won't take you anywhere if you don't try.
The other thing about talent is, why do people think they're not talented? I'm talented because I write, draw, can build a computer? Great, sure, I'll accept that. But why say it as if you don't have remarkable skills of your own? Everybody has a gift. I'm not a skilled woodworker. I can't name the parts of a car. Athletically I'm about on part with a box of rocks. That's been glued down (because make note, if that box starts rolling, it's faster than I am). These are not less impressive things than what I can do. We all have talents.
Beautiful: Oh, god. You know, I don't actually know? It doesn't really factor into my life. For most of my life, I thought I was unattractive. Now even if I am (and I can't tell), I've got no clue how it works. For that matter, I really have no ability to judge beauty in general. I mean, with a couple of exceptions (Hugh Jackman is clearly attractive) I've found that my assessments of peoples' looks tend to surprise my friends. So apparently I'm just not plugged in to whatever set of values determines these things for most of society.
Supportive: It's too easy for people to get down on themselves, and it's too hard to find a nice word in the world. It's not a massive expenditure of energy to find something positive or encouraging to say. It can be a massive expenditure of energy to get more involved in helping people...but you know, those're also likely to be some of the the biggest, most memorable adventures of your life.