Sunday, December 21, 2008

Tortise and the Hare

Kelli and I are very much so opposites. I grew up in a family where everything was on full speed and you had to fend for yourself and get the job done yesterday. This never bothered me and I have adopted the idea. Get it done. I am pretty high strung, talk twice as fast as most people and think 3 to 4 steps ahead at all times. I used to think 5 to 6 times faster than I could speak and had a pretty bad stuttering problem. To cure this I just learned to speak faster and chose my words wisely. Every now and then my stuttering comes back. Whenever I am given a question or a situation I quickly (but not rushed) examine the options and come up with the best answer I can. I can't stand silence. When I go to bed at home I have headphones on. When I am on the road I fall asleep with my laptop playing music. I can not sit still.  I also can't do just one thing at a time. When I am at home I can't just watch TV. I watch TV while browsing the Internet.....always. When I fly I have the hardest time "just flying the plane". Thankfully there are lots of buttons and screens of data I can browse as well as stare outside as the earth passes by.  Basically I am a hare.

Kelli is a tortoise. She takes everything one thing at a time. Nothing seems to really irk her to the point of getting agitated. She takes on a task 100% and completes it before going on to the next. Kelli is very laid back. When given a question she takes her time coming up with an answer. She thinks about each possible answer on it's own....decides on one (sometimes) and then responds. Kelli can sit in a quiet room for hours. She can just read a book. If something doesn't work....she will just deal with it. Finding out why something doesn't work is okay. She will wait till I get home for it to be fixed. Kelli must have a quiet and dark room to fall asleep in.

We mesh well together. There isn't a day goes by that we both look at each other with that RCA dog look. I don't get how she can be so laid back. She doesn't understand why I always going at 100%.

Kelli and I got to talking the other day and everyone of her siblings is married to a type 'A' personality. From the Farlex Medical Online Dictionary a Type A personality has a relatively distinct set of character traits, commonly observed in aggressive, hard-driving, 'workaholics'; a temperament characterized by excessive drive, competitiveness, a sense of time urgency, impatience, unrealistic ambition, and need for control. The condition is associated with a higher than usual incidence of coronary heart disease.

Kelli's siblings are very much Type B. From the same online medical dictionary, a Type B personality is typical of those persons who tend to be relaxed and inclined to do things 'maƱana'; a temperament characterized by an easy-going demeanor; less time-bound and competitive than the type A personality. All of her siblings  have a strong drive for their careers. They are all very relaxed and easy going. They get stuff done on time...or if no time frame is given...whenever they feel like it.  Kelli is type B except for competitiveness. She loves to 'one up' me especially on trivia games and Wii Fit.

I could never be a Type B. Kelli could never be a Type A.

1 comment:

  1. Yep Jami is very much a Type B and from what I have seen of Kelli I would definitely agree she is Type B also...I wish I was more type B!!