I am a serial entrepreneur, inventor, artist, graphic designer, game designer, and visionary*. I know English well enough to be a published author as well as a professional editor, and Ruby and SQL well enough for people to pay me for that. I start things (like science fiction conventions), and charm other people into coming along for the ride. Yes, that means I'm a little weak on the follow-through, but you'll laugh even as you shake your head, and then nudge me back over to that unfinished project. I'll ignore it for days, then suddenly pounce on it, get it all finished up and wrapped in a bow, and leap to the next project before you catch your breath.
I would not be surprised to learn that some of my ancestors included Jules Verne, Leonardo da Vinci, and Willy Wonka.
*Yes, it's easy to claim to be a visionary. I, however, have a certificate on my wall to back me up; I was awarded "Outstanding Recent Alumnus" by my alma mater for "Visionary Work in the Arts and Sciences." I'm not sure if being a Certified Visionary is actually a Good Thing, though. Hmm.
In the long term, I intend to become an Artist. This does sound rather, er, dubious when I say it out loud, but a few years ago I realized that I've been spinning off objets d'Art all my life, but hadn't really thought of them in that sense. More recently, I realized that it's going to be nearly impossible to find any kind of 9-to-5 job-with-paycheck that taps into even 40% of the skills I currently have.
When I look back at what I've done so far, the projects that have been generally the most personally successful have also tended to be the ones that were most atypical. I'm at my best when I'm doing what other people won't, or can't, do. Thus, my current plan to work my way toward constructing what might be described as robotic music boxes, sort of.
-Database schema design
-Recognizing opportunities, and then being able to describe the distant goal and the steps needed to reach that goal to others, so that they can share the vision and help achieve it.
-Learning. As in, deciding I need to know about X, throwing myself headlong into research, gulping down huge armloads of information, and converting it all into knowledge in improbably short periods of time.
-Game development and design.
-Typesetting and typography.
Movies: The Incredibles, Hercules, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Labyrinth.
Music: Oh, gracious. Huey Lewis, Michael W. Smith, Eurhythmics. Dianne Schuur, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston. P!nk, Gaga, Katy Perry. Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Doc Severinsen. Eminem. Usher.
Food: food? Mashed potatoes and gravy. A simple burger. Lasagna. Cheesecake. Kool-aid, esp. mixing lemonade with mango (only available in Mexico & South America). The classic turkey dinner. Chicken Tikka Masala.
2. Music. Years ago, I asked myself if I'd rather be deaf or blind, and it was a very hard call. Give up music? It seemed too much to ask.
I'm not at all sure there *are* six things I could never do without, because I have a ferocious imagination. I can, and have, run uncountable "what if?" scenarios in my head, from deaths in the family to various varieties of Armageddon. (If a meteor hits the planet, I know which car I'm getting in, where I'm going for gas, what route I'm taking out of the city, and where I'm headed, for example.) Which leads me to choose "Imagination" for #3. I *could* be dumber (a la 'Flowers for Algernon'), but being less creative, well, all right, I've run that scenario too. I could, in fact, do without it, but it would really suck.
4. The hope of love. This one I don't need imagination for. There was a period of time in my life when it wasn't clear to me if I was ever going to love somebody who wasn't a relative. The thought would cross my mind that maybe I was a kind of somebody who didn't, or couldn't, "fall in love." And I would shy away from that thought; veer away from considering it, because if I thought about it, I might reach a conclusion, and part of me was terrified that I might decide the answer was "true." Even the *potential* for that answer was enough to be corrosive to my soul.
I now know the answer is "false." I am, indeed, quite capable of falling in love. It has happened once. It can happen again. I don't need to be in love right now, today. I just need to know it's possible.
5. Laughter. Whether I'm laughing, or I've made somebody else laugh, I just can't imagine a world with out giggles, grins, snickers, guffaws, chortles, and the bemused glance.
6. Six? Hmm. I guess I'll go with "oxygen," just so I can say I have met the requirements of the question. So there, tricky question! Ha ha!
And I spend a lot of time thinking about thinking. It's trés meta.
You should RE-message me if we were having an interesting chat, but I seem to have stopped responding in the middle of the conversation. Yes, some people do that because they aren't really interested, but they can't bring themselves to say so directly. I, on the other hand, am easily distracted and rather forgetful, so when I do that, it's because I forgot to write back. I have startled many friends and acquaintances by how appreciative I have been by their nudges; they were expecting a more typical "quit nagging me!" response.