Going onto my doctor’s portal to request a prescription renewal, I found the access had changed. To get onto the site, I had to choose a security question. Sounds simple—sort of like a password, but easier to remember because you have a personal association with the answer. Most security questions can be answered quickly and precisely, such as your mother’s maiden name, high school mascot, or make of first car? Those questions usually have one automatic, singular answer.
I scanned through the list of security question options, and there was not one I wanted to select and remember, so I finally chose a different option to get onto the portal.
As my day progressed, the security questions ran around in my head. I began thinking I should know a clear answer to all those questions. Knowing my husband’s answers to those questions would also be interesting. We think we know ourselves and our spouses or family members, but do we? I didn’t even know the absolute answers for myself.
As we try to think of ways to entertain ourselves during this self-isolation, maybe we could learn more about ourselves and each other. We could gain insights and laugh in the process—both contributing to good mental health.
Here is the list, straight off the portal—a new COVID-19 solo or family activity:
What did you earn your first medal or award for?
What is the food you least liked as a child?
What is your favorite movie quote?
What is the name of your first stuffed animal?
What is your favorite security question?
What did you dream of as a child?
Who is your favorite speaker/orator?
Where did you meet your spouse/significant other?
Where did you go for your favorite vacation?
Where were you on New Year’s Eve in the year 2000?
Who is your favorite book/movie character?
Who is your favorite sports player?
What is the toy/stuffed animal you liked the most as a kid?
What was the first computer game you played?
What was the mascot of the first sports team you played on?
What music album or song did you first purchase?
What is your favorite piece of art?
The hardest questions are those asking me to choose my favorite. I like so many things it is a challenge to designate the best. The next hardest are those involving memory—some days I have none. Nonetheless, answering them offers a diversion from the news and the worry and the unknown during this crazy time.
Have a little fun; it will be good for your spirit.
Until the next time: Live while you live.
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