Random thought #1- I think people should come with warning labels, myself included. If I could create a warning label for myself, it would say, "Beware. This girl has a very limited filter of what, when shared in confidence, should be kept personal, about herself or others. If you want something you share to stay a secret, you must make audible mention."
No recent horrible occurrence of me being a blab made me share this, but I have often been told my openness, even with people I've known for a long time, is disconcerting. The worst part? I don't think I'm that open, and wouldn't know it if people didn't comment. Hence the warning label- I don't think there's much I can do to fix it, so... be warned.
I also know a few people I would have liked to have been warned about. Like a roommate or two. "This girl seems really nice and fun. But watch out! Warning: Will dominate the conversation and talk to the boy you like for over an hour, even if he came to see you." or "Warning: This girl eats copious amounts of tuna, and never thinks to rinse the can, plate, or any utensil she may have used, thus stinking up your kitchen for days."
I'm sure some of my associates, unfortunate roommates included, could come up with a warning label or two for me. I still think it's a great idea. And yet for some reason, when people try to warn you upon your first meeting of something about themselves, it often comes across awkward. Why is that? (Sidenote: I already wrote a blog about asserting that I'm awkward. Perfect. I'm awkward because I stated I'm awkward.)
Random thought #2: The upcoming mission (5 weeks!) and this good book I'm reading (The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs) have made me contemplate, not doubtingly question, but evaluate, my faith. I've come to this conclusion, as more finely stated by President Thomas S. Monson: