There is a current thing going round on Facebook at the moment. When you’re tagged, you’re supposed to share seven things people don’t know about you.
I haven’t been tagged yet, but it got me thinking. There are likely a lot of things you don’t know about me. And you deserve to know more about the person behind the blog. I’m sure some of you want to know more about the person behind the blog.
So, I’m sharing seven things you may not know about me. I won’t say definitely don’t because some of my friends may read this blog and will know about some of these things.
So, here goes…
I Have Dual Nationality
I was born in Canada but my parents are British. So, I have dual nationality. Right now I don’t have a Canadian passport—actually I don’t have a passport because I stupidly let my British one expire—but I can get one.
My husband and I continually talk about moving to Canada because it’s always been on my list of things to do. I wanted it to have happened by now, but there is still time in the future. Maybe it’s a place for me to retire.
Oh, and while on the subject: I was born in Canada, raised in England and now live in Scotland.
I’m Afraid of Clowns
This isn’t some silly little fear. I get freaked out at the sight of any clown. My husband only realized just how bad the fear was when were went around Alton Towers at Halloween. We came across the scariest clown in there in a queue and I literally freaked out to the point of being in tears.
I really struggled to watch American Horror Story this season because of all the clowns, and my husband kept telling me to stop watching The Dark Knight through my fingers because I struggled to watch The Joker.
The fear comes from seeing IT when I was young and having a clown that hung behind my curtains. The moon would shine through and I’d see the silhouette on a night.
I Have OCD
It’s not at the point of ruling my life, but I do have it. My husband finds it strange that all washing up has to be done in a certain order and Skittles can only be eaten in color order (determined by me and no-one else).
I actually find that my OCD is useful. It keeps me organized.
But if something is behind a closed door and I can’t see it, things don’t need to be organized or in a neat pile. Strange, huh?
I Have Been Parachuting
I’ve jumped out of a plane a total of nine times and loved every minute of it. This wasn’t a tandem jump either. I got to pull my own chute!
Yes it was scary but it was a good scary. I’ve never had a fear of heights, so it was more of the “what if I mess this up” part that freaked me out. But I got it right. I’d love to do it again, but can’t because since then health issues have prevented it. But at least I can say I’ve done it.
I Used to Be a Dancer/Actress/Singer
When I was younger, I took dancing, acting and singing lessons. I also had keyboard and later piano lessons.
My inspirations at one point was to be a dancer or actress. That all changed when I was about 14/15 and I started looking at the RAF. I got to fly a plane when on holiday (an extra tidbit for free), and I really wanted to do it for a living. I ended up joining the Army instead and sometimes I wonder if it was the biggest mistake I made.
I sometimes wonder what could have happened if I went along with the acting or dancing dreams that I once had. It’s a Sliding Doors moment.
I Love Classic Movies
Not all of them, but I certainly have a love for classic movies. My three favorite films of all time are It’s a Wonderful Life, Arsenic and Old Lace and The Great Escape. I can watch them over and over again.
At the same time, I love modern day films, but good classics always have my heart.
That is the same for classic Disney movies, too. Despite the clearly non-feminist storytelling, I love Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and The Little Mermaid. I prefer them over most of the current Disney movies.
I Have a Very Varied Music Taste
I don’t like one particular genre of music. Growing up in the 1990s, I do have a fondness for boy bands, girl groups and solo pop singers. That was my era and the music I was subjected to by friends.
But I do love the old classics. I love, love, love the likes of AC/DC, Queen and Elvis Presley. Bon Jovi is okay on occasion, same with Metalica. But I also listen to Hollywood Undead, Theory of a Deadman, Skillet and The Cab.
See how varied I am?
If you looked at my Spotify account (I love it for finding bands I’ve never heard of), you’ll wonder what goes through my head.
I actually find music really helpful for writing. It gets rid of the silence in the room and helps my muse create stories.
So, there you are. Seven things you may not know about me. It’s been fun sharing these things with you and maybe I’ll share seven more things in the future.