21 Things

I was on the way home tonight and I randomly decided to play Alanis Morissette’s album Under Rug Swept. The first song on that album is 21 Things. I’m really glad I listened to that song tonight. For whatever reason, it was fated that I hear it tonight. Here are the lyrics and my parenthetical thoughts as I listened to the song tonight…

Alanis Morissette: 21 Things

Do you derive joy when someone else succeeds? (Empathy is awesome)
Do you not play dirty when engaged in competition? (Aggressiveness is good too)
Do you have a big intellectual capacity but know (Be smart as fuck)
that it alone does not equate to wisdom? (Humility. Yes, please)
Do you see everything as an illusion
but enjoy it even though you are not of it?
Are you both masculine and feminine,

politically aware, (Preferably a lefty liberal like me)
and don’t believe in capital punishment? (Believe in atonement)

These are 21 things that I want in a lover
Not necessarily needs but qualities that I prefer

Do you derive joy from diving in and seeing that
loving someone can actually feel like freedom? (Be open to going head-over-heels)
Are you funny a la self-deprecating, (Laugh at yourself once in a while)
like adventure, and have many formed opinions? (Stand for something)

These are 21 things that I want in a lover
Not necessarily needs but qualities that I prefer
I figure I can describe it since I have a choice in the matter
These are 21 things I choose to choose in a lover

I’m in no hurry; I could wait forever (I’m not gonna compromise)
I’m in no rush cause I like being solo (I fucking love being single!)
There are no worries and certainly no pressure (Not losing any sleep over it)
In the meantime I’ll live like there’s no tomorrow (Life is awesome NOW)

Are you uninhibited in bed,
more than three times a week, (ahem, 3 times per day…)
up for being experimental? (If you know me, I need say no more)
Are you athletic? (Physical fitness is good for your mind, body, and soul — and sex)
Are you thriving in a job that helps your brother? (Altruism is a total turn on)
Are you not addicted? (No no no no meth. Ever. Sheesh)

These are 21 things that I want in a lover
Not necessarily needs but qualities that I prefer
I figure I can describe it since I have a choice in the matter
These are 21 things I choose to choose in a lover

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#1 Loganotron » You Must Be This Tall To Ride This Ride on 03.21.11 at 7:59 pm

[…] much like Alanis Morissette has her list of 21 Things, I’m starting my list of requirements, preferences, and rules to which I promise to hold […]


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