26 Things

02.25.2019

In commemoration of my 26th birthday (last month), I figured I’d share 26 things you likely don’t know about me. These are just small, random facts about me. Here goes:

  1. I enjoy doing dishes. Yes, I mean actually hand washing them. It’s so therapeutic for me and so I’ve never learnt to use a dishwasher.
  2. I am very easily startled. This is not an invitation to try to startle me because my jumpiness may just lead me to punch you in the face.
  3. Fall is my favourite season. There’s something incredibly special about how the leaves change colours and the trees shed their leaves to allow for newness and rebirth. Plus fall has the perfect weather. 
  4. Acting is my first love. The stage has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. One of the things I love about acting is how it allows me to explore other parts of the human I could be that I’d never try to be as myself.
  5. The smell of peanuts/peanut butter makes me nauseated. Interestingly, the only exception is Nigerian boiled or roasted/fried groundnut, which I love.
  6. I HATE mushrooms. The texture is weird and, growing up, I only saw them grow on trees or logs of wood. I never got over that, I guess.
  7. Country music is my jam. I’m not sure how/when I got into it but I enjoy country music a lot.
  8. I started running in 2013. I told my personal trainer at the time that I didn’t run but she didn’t listen to me and got me into running. She even ran my first half marathon with me. Anyway, running is still a challenge, and probably always will be.
  9. I’m an introvert. This surprises many people who meet me because I don’t always present that way. I used to be more of an ambivert but have moved more towards the introvert side with time. Years ago, I used to force myself into this extrovert ideal and found that I would get so exhausted and susceptible to crazy mood swings. Now, I’ve learnt to manage my energy levels so much better that I can be more social when I do go out.
  10. I get wine headaches. With both red and white wine, which is so unfair. 
  11. And dark chocolate headaches. This is actually sad because I love dark chocolate but I will get a migraine within minutes if/when I indulge 🙁
  12. Dates & numbers are my thing. I’m good with dates and numbers so I hardly forget birthdays. Actually, some birthdays and random phone numbers I would like to forget at this point.
  13. I know a lot of useless things. I will never attempt to climb Mount Everest but I know a lot about it. That’s because I am the person to fall down a rabbit hole of researching something that sounds interesting but is completely useless to me. Often, I’ll go beyond the standard internet research, and borrow books from the library on the random subject because why not?
  14. Competition fuels me. But only in things that don’t matter. For example, one of my classes in business school had a group competition/quiz where the first prize was non-alcoholic sparkling wine. I didn’t care about the prize at all (didn’t even know there was one at first) but I took it so seriously (to prove a point, maybe?) However, in the matters of substance, I focus on my path or at least try to.
  15. I used to do Taekwondo. Sadly, I loved it but it didn’t love me back so I quit in 2014. Now, I’m into Kickboxing and our love is mutual.
  16. My biggest fear is the fear of mediocrity. The idea of being average terrifies me. The thought of dying without having made any significant impact is sad. I think a lot about what being “above average” means for me and how I can create that life for myself.
  17. I’m super clumsy. I drop things a lot (if only my poor phone could speak) and constantly walk into things that haven’t moved and are incapable of moving. I try to be better but yet this is my life.
  18. I weep at movies & while reading books. I don’t just mean that I cry at sad movies; I weep. Sometimes, even when I’m watching the movie or reading the book for the third or fifth time. I still sob at the parts/scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book/movie where Dobby dies and is buried. Speaking of Harry Potter . . .
  19. I am a Ravenclaw. I just really thought you should know that.
  20. I don’t believe in soup. Well, of course I know it exists but the idea of eating your liquid food with a spoon is kind of strange to me. Also, what I grew up knowing to be soup is so different from the mainstream idea of soup. The only exception is West African (really, Nigerian) pepper soup because that’s something more than soup.
  21. I was almost made to repeat a class (grade). This was when I was about 4 years old and my teacher wanted to hold me back because I couldn’t write the first 5 letters of the alphabet or something like that. But thanks to my Voltron of a mother, who wasn’t having any of that, it never happened. She made a deal with my teacher and taught me all I needed to know and more to move on to nursery school.
  22. I have slight trypophobia. DO NOT DO A GOOGLE SEARCH!! You have been warned. Wikipedia defines trypophobia as a “fear of holes or textures with a pattern of holes.” I get queasy and very itchy when I see textures with a pattern of holes. 
  23. I am a classic over-thinker. This is a huge part of why it’s been a while since I slept through the night; I just can’t shut my brain off. The sleeping part has improved but I still overanalyze everything to death.
  24. The smell of freshly brewed coffee is soothing to me. This is interesting because I don’t drink coffee.
  25. I only eat chocolate ice cream. Thankfully, chocolate ice cream still comes in many flavours. 
  26. I used to be obsessed with Taylor Swift and Danielle Steel. Taylor Swift’s music (in her country days) got me through some tough times in my life and I’ll always remember that. I still love listening to old Taylor Swift. In my teenage years, I read very many Danielle Steel novels (over 90 of them) but at some point her stories started sounding the same and I my taste in books evolved.

And that’s it!

This list should have been posted a long time ago but it’s surprisingly quite difficult to compile a list of 26 random facts. You can try it if you don’t believe me. Either way, I’d love to read your list of random facts, even if it’s not up to 26!

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