What single word would you use to describe yourself?

I ran into a friend at the grocery store the other day.

This is not surprising because a) I have lots of friends and b) I eat lots of groceries. This particular day I was just running into the grocery store while I was on my way home from … the grocery store. A different grocery store.

THAT’S the way I roll. I am a rolling ball of excitement who visits not one, but TWO and sometimes THREE grocery stores in a row. A remarkable feat when you consider I grow all of my own vegetables. And make everything else out of kitty litter and water bottle caps. What is it I’m buying then?

Well, on this particular trip it was a package of hot Italian sausages, buns, tortillas, sour cream and a copy of Flea Market Style magazine.

My friend Marlilyn who works at the grocery store came up and gave me a big hug and kiss.  This is not surprising because a) I’m very cute and b) Marilyn’s very kissy.

In fact 3 aisles later some man pointed to my lip marked cheek and jovially asked who’d  been kissing me.  I slapped him in the face with my sausage and screamed INAPPROPRIATE TOUCHING, INAPPROPRIATE TOUCHING.  It’s kind of a blur but I think I somehow got hold of a whistle and started blowing it too.

It was probably an overreaction on my part.  I’ve been a bit jumpy lately. But it’s amazing what people let you get away with after the tiniest of nervous breakdowns. I’m thinkin’ of robbing a bank.

Anyhow, Kissy-Monster Marilyn and I were talking and she described me as having a “steely resolve”.

Really?  I have a steely resolve?  I guess I do.  That’s fun.  I’m not sure I ever would have thought of myself that way, but now that she mentioned it … I think she’s right.  If I were to describe myself, “steely resolve” probably wouldn’t be the words I’d use.  Which got me to thinking … how would I describe myself if I could only use one word?

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Kind?  No.  Even though I am kind in a lot of cases it’s not what defines me I don’t think.

Smart?  You bet.  I can spell the word Chihuahua without a dictionary AND I can tell you what temperature it is in Fahrenheit if only given the current temperature in celsius.  And a pen and paper.  And access to Google.

Funny?  Come now.

Then it came to me.  I’m determined.  It might not be a great word to describe myself to other people but it’s who I really am.  Others would probably describe me as funny.  Or handy. Or wildly engaging with just a touch of mystery.

But to me … I’m determined.

You know what I’m going to ask now don’t you?  And I want you to really think about it.  It might not be as easy as you think.

If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?

Funny Kind Smart Caring Clever Happy Angry Damaged Mischievous?

Or maybe Steely?

Have a good weekend,

Determinedly,

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257 Comments

  1. Rachel says:

    Hi Determined. I’m Mercurial.

  2. Sarah says:

    One word? Ugh. I’ll go with loyal. Fiercely loyal.

    (I know this is cheating, but the runners up were patient, supportive, and smart.)

  3. Jeanette says:

    I’m “creative problem-solver” – and can also be a little bit wordy 🙂

  4. Allison says:

    I’m somewhere in the P’s … persnickety or persistent.

  5. Jen says:

    One word… evolving

    Yeah. That fits right now. I am JUST starting grad school to get my MBA. I am making a career change, I am just leaving newlywed status. I am trying to work on my little business, and trying to find work. Plus I changed my diet, started exercising, and stopped smoking.

    Yeah, evolving fits.

    But my friends would call me quirky…

  6. gloria says:

    different

  7. Jeanne McNeil says:

    Sassy

  8. Laura says:

    Passionate. Mostly because it sounds a tad more flattering than melodramatic.

  9. Ashley W says:

    Warm. (I hope.)

  10. missnicoleo says:

    I’m often described as: long pause…..interesting.

  11. Kirsten says:

    Dichotomic!

    • Denise says:

      Kirsten – okay you got me to hit the dictionary at 7:00 am on that one. Several online dictionaries in fact … and the thesaurus. And I am still wondering what you mean. One mentioned opposites, another a specific computer search another amphibian (I’m hoping that isn’t it). Bi-polar? Multiple personalities? Inquiring minds want to know. ~Denise And now I guess mine must be “curious”. Which does in fact fit me.

  12. Bobbi says:

    dependable

  13. Trysha says:

    I’m not kind, but I’m friendly. Loyal is what I would be preferred to be known for. Some people would probably use the word bitchy to describe me, but those people…would probably be right. Haha!

  14. Court says:

    Pragmatic!

  15. Susan R says:

    Independent, above all else.

  16. Cathy says:

    Cathy is: Friendly.

  17. Tara says:

    As soon as I saw the headline of your post, I immediately thought, “Oooh, I know this one – I’m determined!!”

    But then you stole it right from under my determined feet so I’m going to go with my second thought:

    Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

  18. Terri says:

    This old lady …well I’m known as “OHNERY”. Like to keep the youngin’s on their toes. HeHeHe.

  19. Amie Mason says:

    I would say ‘bubbly’ or ‘chatterbox’ but I think my husband would say ‘moody’ or ‘highly-strung’….

    • Viki says:

      But Amie, that’s the beauty of it: They’re two sides of the same coin–it’s just the actions you choose with your qualities that determine whether or not that quality will be seen as positive or negative. When someone says to me, “Man, my kid is so STUBBORN,” I say to them, “But that means that she will stay the course when she needs to!” (aka DETERMINED). If your husband says you’re moody, you can take pride in being SENSITIVE TO OTHERS’ MOODS . . .which is an excellent gift! Nobody wants a friend who is indifferent to their own mood. And HIGH-STRUNG? Try ENERGETIC, SPARKLING or (my personal favorite and my one word) VIVACIOUS! It’s all in how you spend the energy that determines the word, even if they represent the same/a similar quality.

  20. Allison in E ON says:

    Sad to admit: Tired.

  21. Stephanie Hobson says:

    Stubborn, aka bull headed. Or as a friend of mine said just last week, “Like a dog with a bone”.

    Or as a different friend once described me, the most curious person he had ever met. Not curious as in unusual, exotic, or even interesting. Curious as in nosey!

    So put those two together, nosey and stubborn, and right there you have trouble in River City!

  22. carey says:

    Hmmm.One word to describe myself? I just can’t decide. Smart, yes, funny, sometimes. Loyal, you betcha. I guess what I am, is indecisive.

  23. LuAnn Agustin says:

    Compassionate

  24. Lea Studebaker says:

    Empathetic. My husband says its a curse and a blessing, I care enough for the both of us, then some. His words not mine.

  25. JBB says:

    Muh? Is that a word?

  26. Sia says:

    Efficient… For now.

    … And your grocery store attack cracked me up.

    …AND, thank you for that “fly.sitting.on.your.food.laying.eggs.so.cover.it.up” post a few days ago… Now, I imagine eating fly eggs every single day.

  27. Kimberly says:

    Friendly

  28. kimberly says:

    Wow, that’s a tough one. it has to cover all the little facets of your personality, and mine are all over the place. lol. I think the best one, would be the word ” resolved”. can I use that? is it a description, or an end result?

  29. Feral Turtle says:

    Turtle!….wait maybe Feral cuz it sounds more exciting!

  30. Sue says:

    I recently got on Medicare and have been dutifully getting all my long overdue screenings. The last was at the GYN, who was gazing at my nether regions and announced that all looked normal, but atrophied. I’ve been feeling nothing but atrophied ever since.

  31. Christine says:

    I would use the word Mama to describe me because….well it’s true and….because currently my old self is lost somewhere in this title.

    • Karen says:

      Well then find your old self. Think about it today. You’re not a mama. Well, you are, but that’s only part of it. It’s not what you are. Think of pre-mama you and remember what it was, and become it again. 🙂 In addition to mama. ~ karen!

      • Nancy Blue Moon says:

        Great advise Karen..Christine..Think of something you used to love doing..something that made you smile and feel good about yourself..Then make time to do it again..Remember: When Mama’s happy..everybody’s happy!

  32. Laura Bee` says:

    Who I am and how I feel are very closely intertwined. This morning you caught me feeling less like myself.

    I’ll get back to you.

    • Karen says:

      I”m glad you’re giving it some thought. ~ karen!

      • Laura Bee` says:

        Feeling much better. Thanks for making me look for me today…the answer popped in my head just now.

        Now – if you really knew me, this would make you laugh because I say it so often – I’m fine. Fine in many ways & I’ll continue to be fine.

  33. RosieW says:

    Hard to choose, as I’m drawn to your word DETERMINED, but think ECCENTRIC is most accurate.

  34. Candice says:

    I’m in the throws of helping with my daughter’s upcoming wedding (November) with 200+ guests.I’m a minimalist so this pomp and circumstance is alien to me and I have no idea what the f@#k I’m doing and the fact that I think she’s making a HUGE mistake, I’d say I’m…anxiety-prone.

  35. Jodi says:

    I’m gonna say “golden”. Because I still need reminding sometimes how precious I am – and how good my life is, even though I’m getting better at appreciating it.

  36. Natika says:

    hmmm… this is a very interesting idea, especially the part where you say what others would call you and what you would call yourself is different.

    Idealist is my word.

  37. Carol says:

    Multifaceted! 😉

  38. Cindy says:

    Eclectic. But I like evolving a lot too.

  39. Jody says:

    Pragmatic

  40. karen anderson says:

    weird. And proud of it!!

  41. Amanda says:

    Okay, I saw it in the graphic above, but it fits. Curious. Relentlessly.

  42. marilyn says:

    i looked in the dictionary for the definition of determined and …you guessed it..steely resolve! imagine! me…positive! my brother once described me as pollyanna..i’ll take it. and yes i am a kissy person, runs in the family and is all part of the positive thing..i try to pass it on. lol

  43. jenny says:

    Hi,
    really difficult finding one word to wrap up my whole personality but id just say ‘unique’

  44. Erica says:

    Tenacious

  45. Beckie says:

    lately? defeated

    other times…resigned

    I’ve also been told I am *argumentative*

    but…I beg to differ

  46. Linda J Howes says:

    Resolved
    I am also very creative, necessity being the mother of invention and all. This and other reasons have also made me – resolved.

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