My name is Zoë Versteeg and this is the story of me and my very productive empathy glands.
Yes, I’m afraid I am that person who gets a glass and a piece of paper to rescue a fly.
And I once wrote an email to a bar to ask if they could please add more water to their decorative fish bowl and gold fish (and added that now we were on the subject, that a round bowl actually is not a suitable home for a goldfish). I’m not joking and yes I was older than 12. In fact, it was last year. I didn’t get a reply.
But mostly it comes in very handy as I’m quite good at sensing how other people are feeling. And being friendly brings me a lot more because I think it makes me very approachable. And as a result I have a lot of spontaneous interactions with people. (No euphemism ;-)
Admittedly, it’s a less convenient trait to have when it comes to, say trying to quit donating money to charity.
But I’m not just soppy. I’ve traveled a lot. In fact, if someone would pay me just for traveling and writing about it, that’s what I’d be doing. Apart from traveling, I have a fondness for hats. And animals.*
I’m actually a graphic designer, but I really like writing and telling stories too. So I thought I’d create a spot where I could put my little adventures, thoughts and scribbles involving the above mentioned empathy glands and that place became The Spark Plug Chronicles.
* And no I don’t have a cat. Well actually I did. She died.