100 ❔ to Ask 5❌

I love using the five W’s, so today I wanted to create a list of questions I ought to ask myself once a year, based on questions I’ve had to answer before; then after 5 years of answering the questions in this list, I can compare-contrast the data to see:

  • where I’m located,
  • what changes have happened, and
  • where I seem to be going.

If I don’t like the direction I’m going, this list empowers me to recalibrate the course of my brain, using evidence, rather than fear-based impulses, every 5 years.

Meaning Making 💟 Exploratory Exercise 💟

Feel free to fill out these questions for yourself, too. Or you can use these to spur prompts for classroom curriculum of all ages. Modifications will probably be necessary based on the individual.I think I’ll create generic ones to provide in my curriculum, as composition book free writes for generating essay ideas. You don’t need to credit me if you use these lists, but I would appreciate a link to my website if it’s convenient and socially appropriate.

Listing 💜 20 Who 💜

  1. Who are your best friends?
  2. Who do you think about frequently?
  3. Who is your favorite celebrity?
  4. Who is your favorite poet?
  5. Who is your favorite science fiction author?
  6. Who is your favorite fantasy author?
  7. Who is your favorite romance author?
  8. Who is your favorite literary author?
  9. Who is your favorite essayist?
  10. Who is your favorite educator?
  11. Who is your favorite scientist?
  12. Who is your favorite motivational speaker?
  13. Who is your favorite spiritual guide?
  14. Who is your favorite social-emotional guide?
  15. Who is your favorite genius?
  16. Who is your favorite entrepreneur?
  17. Who is your favorite Internet cat sensation?
  18. Who is your favorite crazy cat person?
  19. Who is your favorite musician?
  20. Who is your favorite YouTube artist?

Listing 🧡 20 What 🧡

  1. What’s the difference between a husband, boyfriend, best friend, friend, and acquaintance?
  2. What’s the best memory from your childhood?
  3. What’s the best memory from your teenage?
  4. What’s the best memory from 20-24?
  5. What’s the best memory from 25-29?
  6. What’s the best memory from 30-34?As you enter new 5-year age brackets, remove unessential questions from below #7-20, then replace them with memory checks for each age category.
  7. What’s one dream you’d love to see come true, but you think is impossible?
  8. What’s one nightmare you never want to see happen, yet you fear may come true?
  9. What’s one recent experience you’d never wish upon someone else, yet feels essential to the person you developed into today?
  10. What’s one music video that’ll cheer you up?
  11. What’s one music video that’ll sober you?
  12. What’s a wave?
  13. What’s the status on your social anxiety?
  14. What’s the status on your math anxiety?
  15. What’s the status on your fight-flight response?
  16. What’s the status on your anxiety attacks?
  17. What’s the status on your depression?
  18. What’s the status on your dreams?
  19. What’s the status on your eating habits?
  20. What’s the status on your smoking and/or drinking habits?

Listing 💚 20 When 💚

  1. When did you last feel at peace?
  2. When did you last feel happy?
  3. When did you last feel motivated?
  4. When did you last feel inspired?
  5. When did you last feel angry?
  6. When did you last feel scared?
  7. When did you last feel hurt?
  8. When did you last feel overwhelmed?
  9. When did you last feel underwhelmed?
  10. When did you last feel spiritually empowered?
  11. When did you last feel sexually empowered?
  12. When did you last feel intellectually empowered?
  13. When did you last fail?
  14. When did you last succeed?
  15. When did you last take a risk?
  16. When did you last retreat to a safe space?
  17. When did you last go to a spa?
  18. When did you last play a video game?
  19. When did you last take a nap?
  20. When did you last learn something new?

Listing 💛 20 Where 💛

  1. Where were you when you had your last autistic meltdown?
  2. Where were you when you had your last autistic shutdown?
  3. Where were you when you had your last burst of color spots in your vision?
  4. Where were you when you had your last migraine?
  5. Where were you when you had your last anxiety attack?
  6. Where were you when you last felt debilitated by ulcers?
  7. Where were you when you last felt passive suicidal thoughts?
  8. Where were you when you last felt truly afraid?
  9. Where do you want to go on vacation in the next five years?
  10. Where do you want to explore California next?
  11. Where do you want to vacation if you had that extra money?
  12. Where do you like to go out to eat, given you can afford it?
  13. Where do you like to go out to have a beer?
  14. Where have you been continuing your life-long learning?
  15. Where do you imagine yourself being in five years?
  16. Where were you five years ago?
  17. Where is God?
  18. Where are the aliens?I just love the Fermi Paradox!
  19. Where do we go when we die?
  20. Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

Listing 💙 20 Why 💙

  1. Why do you believe in egalitarianism?
  2. Why do you believe in reincarnation?
  3. Why do you believe in the Big Bounce theory?
  4. Why are we conscious?
  5. Why is there an unconscious?
  6. Why do things circulate, spiral, and spin?
  7. Why are we afraid to die?
  8. Why do we drink?
  9. Why do we smoke?
  10. Why do we intentionally hallucinate?
  11. Why do we have two hemispheres in our brain?
  12. Why do I love cats so much?
  13. Why are you living where you currently live?
  14. Why are you working where you currently work?
  15. Why did you wake up today, specifically at the time you woke?
  16. Why are cockroaches so gross?
  17. Why do we consciously make self-destructive decisions?
  18. Why do we consciously bring harmful words to life?
  19. Why do we develop negative thinking patterns?
  20. Why is autism the best thing that ever happened to you?

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3 thoughts on “100 ❔ to Ask 5❌”

  1. Who are your best friends ❓ my sister, my O.C. posse, and my fiancé
    Who do you think about frequently ❓ Chase, my cats, and Trump
    Who is your favorite celebrity ❓ Kate McKinnon, Jim Carey, & Robert Downey Jr.
    Who is your favorite poet ❓ Denise Levertov, Tracy K. Smith, & Kimiko Hahn
    Who is your favorite science fiction author ❓ Ursula Le Guin, Pierce Brown, & Beth Revis
    Who is your favorite fantasy author ❓ Patrick Rothfuss, Joel Rosenberg, & Aimee Bender
    Who is your favorite romance author ❓ Kimberly Loth, T. S. Joyce, & H.J. Bellus
    Who is your favorite literary author ❓ Elizabeth Gilbert, Lydia Davis, & William Styron
    Who is your favorite essayist ❓ Anne Lamott, Tenzin Gyatso, & Tim Urban
    Who is your favorite educator ❓ Ken Robinson, Kay Stanton, & Connie Hales
    Who is your favorite scientist ❓ Stephen Hawking (RIP), Jill Bolte Taylor, & Temple Grandin
    Who is your favorite motivational speaker/writer ❓ Sarah Kay, Vishen Lakhiani, & Prince Ea
    Who is your favorite spiritual guide ❓ David Michie, Thich Nhat Hanh, & the Pope
    Who is your favorite social-emotional guide ❓ Kati Morton, my psychiatrist, and my therapist
    Who is your favorite genius ❓ Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, & Nick Bostrom
    Who is your favorite entrepreneur ❓ Elon Musk, Michelle Adkins, and my mom
    Who is your favorite Internet cat sensation ❓ The Cat Daddy, Sad Cat Diary, & wiggle-wiggle
    Who is your favorite crazy cat person ❓ myself
    Who is your favorite musician ❓ Beyoncé, Katy Perry, and Ellie Goulding
    Who is your favorite YouTube artist ❓ Kurzgesagt, Joe Scott, & Balu – Relaxing Nature

  2. What’s the difference between a husband, boyfriend, best friend, friend, and acquaintance ❓ depth
    What’s the best memory from your childhood ❓ pumpkin pie
    What’s the best memory from your teenage ❓ pumpkin candles
    What’s the best memory from 20-24 ❓ Da Philo & Loki @Petco
    What’s the best memory from 25-29 ❓ beer with friends before fiction workshop
    What’s the best memory from 30-34 ❓ meeting Chase @Mia Cuppa
    What’s one dream you’d love to see come true, but you think is impossible ❓ sensory sensitive, stim-friendly schools
    What’s one nightmare you never want to see happen, yet you fear may come true ❓ totalitarian government via AI
    What’s one recent experience you’d never wish upon someone else, yet feels essential to the person you developed into today ❓ anger
    What’s one music video that’ll cheer you up ❓ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBmMU_iwe6U
    What’s one music video that’ll sober you ❓ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2U0Ivkn2Ds
    What’s a wave ❓ physics
    What’s the status on your social anxiety ❓ awful; hate going outside
    What’s the status on your math anxiety ❓ working on it; better than it used to be
    What’s the status on your fight-flight response ❓ it’s nearly gone inside the house (except for the occasional roach freak-out), but when I’m outside, it ranges from 5 to 10 (out of 10)
    What’s the status on your anxiety attacks ❓ haven’t had one since spring break
    What’s the status on your depression ❓ no more passive suicidal thoughts; feelings of worthlessness have subsided from perpetual to episodic; depression is still there, but it no longer feels alarming to my short-term well-being; so I can focus on long-term well-being now
    What’s the status on your dreams ❓ I’m working diligently on them! I’m hopeful!
    What’s the status on your eating habits ❓ I need to eat lunch more; I was healthier when I grazed on fruit at ATLUS, but in Fresno, my meals have felt erratic
    What’s the status on your smoking and/or drinking habits ❓ healthy

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