Recently on Quora, someone asked “What is the most effective way to see a person’s true personality?”
And someone responded:
The most effective ways to see a person’s true personality is in 2 ways:
1. observe them in times of adversity (or high stress)
2. watch what they spend their money on.
And I thought that was a pretty good strategy–not perfect, but a good place to start. As far as recalling my reactions to times of stress, well that’s a post in and of itself, really you can say this whole blog is dedicated to that!
I did opt to look at my finances to see where I had spent my money this past year (at least my credit card interactions from Feb – Nov.)
Health & Fitness (32%). Chiropractor, psychiatry, race fees. Plus general check-ups, etc. I feel OK with this given that my goal for this year was to take care of myself—mind, body and soul.
Food & Dining (13%). Mostly groceries. Then restaurants and bars. Practical.
Travel (11%). Mostly trips to NYC to see friends, or otherwise work- or health-related.
What does this say about my personality? I think it’s fair to sum up that I live a healthy, simple lifestyle. No real extravagances.
Of course, what doesn’t it say? Certainly, how a person spends their time should also be a large consideration when defining their personality. I have more time than money to give at the moment. So far this year, I’ve given over 100 hours of volunteer time! I’ve never thought about the cumulative total of hours before, so I’m feeling pretty awesome about that. Definitely a good reflection/assessment of who I am right now and what my priorities are.