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On the Contrary

Introductions are difficult, because they are never true, not in the strictest sense of the word. For one thing, they are always biased. I can tell you what I believe about myself, but others may disagree. For another thing, introductions are always incomplete. I can tell you what I like, what I do, and where I live, but I could never write something that would encompass all that I am. So for the sake of being contrary, rather than attempting to tell you who I am, I will attempt to give you an idea of who I am not.

Although accomplished in academic writing, letter writing, and grocery list writing, I am not a creative writer, at least not yet.

I am not a person who is ever content to stay in one place for very long, whether it be in a chair, in a house, or in a city.

I am not someone who thrives in a crowd or a large social gathering.

I am not a veterinarian. My 12-year-old self would be shocked and disappointed at that fact, but I'm not terribly upset over it.

I'm not generally up to date with music, television, and current culture in general. I'm not sure who that guy on the screen is, and I'm not convinced I care.

I am not conventional, and I'm not fond of standards and expectations.

I'm not going to finish all the projects that I have ideas for, because I'm not going to live for three thousand years.

I'm not a milkmaid.

I am not Spartacus.

And I'm not sorry. Not even one little bit.

Comments

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similiesslip
Mar. 11th, 2014 03:58 am (UTC)
I really like this.

That last line says so much.

Pleased to uh, know what you are not :)
violaconspiracy
Mar. 11th, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I think sometimes it's easier to define what you're not than to define what you are. Although that can change, too. I always demanded that I was NOT a teacher, and then I wound up teaching overseas for two years.
bleodswean
Mar. 11th, 2014 01:05 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmmm. Yes.
violaconspiracy
Mar. 13th, 2014 09:52 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you found my morsel of writing to be tasty.
amberdawnpullin
Mar. 11th, 2014 05:09 pm (UTC)
The first paragraph especially - yes!
violaconspiracy
Mar. 13th, 2014 09:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
sweeny_todd
Mar. 12th, 2014 04:57 am (UTC)
I enjoyed this. and we seem to have a lot in common!

I make shopping lists all the time. Also to do lists.

You move around a lot? I still have wonderlust, although I am starting to feel like settling down a bit more...
violaconspiracy
Mar. 12th, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
When I was a kid we moved every few years because my grandparents liked to remodel houses and then flip them. Recently I lived overseas for a couple years and did a fair deal of traveling. I like to explore, even if it's just hiking trails in my own area.
suesniffsglue
Mar. 12th, 2014 02:17 pm (UTC)
I like all your not's! Especially staying in a chair too long. I look forward to your work
violaconspiracy
Mar. 12th, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
I think I get it from my grandma. She never liked to sit around a lot either.
cheshire23
Mar. 13th, 2014 12:44 am (UTC)
I'm not going to finish all the projects that I have ideas for, because I'm not going to live for three thousand years.


ME TOO. :)
violaconspiracy
Mar. 13th, 2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
Do you also have piles of random fabric, yarn, paper, and other sundries just waiting for you to find the time to make something from them?
eska818
Mar. 13th, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
Unique entry, amusing, and I think it has truths that all of us probably feel. Looking forward to reading your other entries this season.
violaconspiracy
Mar. 13th, 2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
I think introductions are hard for everyone. Glad you enjoyed mine. :-)
whipchick
Mar. 13th, 2014 04:26 am (UTC)
I loved "I am not a veterinarian" :)
violaconspiracy
Mar. 13th, 2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm not! I wanted to be for a long time, but life went other directions.
roina_arwen
Mar. 13th, 2014 04:49 am (UTC)
Very creative! I like people who are not conventional. :)
violaconspiracy
Mar. 13th, 2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
Me too! If everybody was conventional nothing would ever get done.
anyonesghost
Mar. 13th, 2014 02:23 pm (UTC)
I'd hope you're not Spartacus. (I'm Spartacus.) And I appreciate the first line the most, I think, just because I took that precise approach to mine.

Welcome (whoever you are and aren't), and good luck this season. :-)
violaconspiracy
Mar. 13th, 2014 09:36 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm relieved that we finally found Spartacus. Would hate to have to just crucify EVERYBODY.
alycewilson
Mar. 13th, 2014 08:16 pm (UTC)
But do you play the viola?

I think my 12-year-old self would be very surprised I hadn't become a teacher. But I might start teaching a poetry workshop this year, so there's that.
violaconspiracy
Mar. 13th, 2014 09:37 pm (UTC)
Well, let's put it this way...I'm not a cellist or a bassist. :-)
alycewilson
Mar. 13th, 2014 10:20 pm (UTC)
Well played. :)
jem0000000
Mar. 13th, 2014 10:45 pm (UTC)
Welcome to LJI. :)
violaconspiracy
Mar. 14th, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
jem0000000
Mar. 15th, 2014 12:18 pm (UTC)
You're welcome.
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