Identity Crisis Averted, [No] Thanks to a Sans-Pants Bear

Anyone who knows me well can attest to the fact that I dislike Winnie the Pooh. I never really got into the cartoon as a kid; something about Pooh’s slow voice and obsession with honey was really annoying. Not to mention the weirdness of his name altogether. And really, let’s think about this: Pooh doesn’t wear pants…and he plays with little boys. It’s all very wrong.

So this evening, my sister and I were discussing personality traits and their relation to the Pooh characters. Summer is very intelligent and aware of the trends in pop culture, and I will admit I was intrigued. Which Pooh character was I? The only characters we could remember were Eeyore (depressed), Piglet (follower), Tigger (hyperactive), and, of course, Pooh (obsessed/perverted). Surely there must be other character traits to choose from in life!

I went online and googled “Which Winnie the Pooh Character Are You?” and found a plethora to choose from. This one seemed reputable, if only for its name: “The Deep and Meaningful Winnie the Pooh Character Test” (http://www.okcupid.com/tests/7755608336260521742/Deep-and-Meaningful- Winnie-The-Pooh-Character). After answering about 30 interesting and semi-thought-provoking questions, I clicked the “finish” button and waited apprehensively. Who would I be? Strange little Piglet? Surely not Tigger – he’s too wild. Please, please, please…not Pooh. I can’t be Pooh!

My result: Rabbit. Well, hey there! Here’s a character I didn’t even know about…and what do you know, the description seems fairly accurate:

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ABOUT RABBIT: Rabbit is generally considered clever by his many friends and relations. He is actually a much better reader and writer than Owl, but he doesn’t consider it worth mentioning. Instead, Rabbit’s real talent lies in organizing plans. He organizes rescue parties, makes schemes to reduce Tigger’s bounciness, and goes on missions to find out what Christopher Robin does when he’s not at the Hundred Acre Woods. Sometimes, however, his plans do not always go as planned.

WHAT THIS SAYS ABOUT YOU: You are smart, practical and you plan ahead. People sometimes think that you don’t stress or worry, but this is not the case. You are the kind of person who worries in a practical way. You think a) What are my anxieties about and b)what can be done about them? No useless fretting for you. You don’t see the point in sitting around and waiting for things to work out, when you could actually work them out today and save yourself a lot of time and worry. Your friends tend to rely on you, because they know that they can trust you help them work things out. You sometimes tend to be impatient with people who are less practical in their ways. You don’t have much patience for idiots who moan about things but never actually DO anything about them. You have high expectations of everyone, including yourself. When you don’t succeed at something, or when something goes wrong despite your best efforts to prevent it, you can get quite hard on yourself. You need to cut yourself some slack and accept that everyone has their faults, even you. Let yourself be faulty, every now and then, for the sake of your own sanity.

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So there you have it…I’m a Rabbit. I suppose I’ll sleep better tonight with this knowledge 🙂 But in all seriousness, I did read an article recently on how the longevity of these Winnie the Pooh characters can be attributed to the fact that they are realistic and representative of most personalities in life. Think about it – I’m sure you know a Tigger, an Eeyore, or an Owl. And I’m sure some of us can even think of a few Poohs in our lives. So, who are you?

p.s. This post is a result of too much free time, neither of which is a bad thing.

p.p.s. If you happen to take this quiz and score a Pooh, I won’t hate you (or question your motives around children). Promise.

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