I am an outdoorsman, an artist, a writer, and an intellectual.
I left my heart in South America.
I'd rather blaze my own trail and deal with all the dangers that entails myself than follow the path most taken. This doesn't mean (literally and metaphorically) that I ignore standard conventions of path making.
I've reached rather a crossroads in my life where I'm finally filled with energy and drive for my future. I'm wielding the kind of junior year of high school optimism that happens to kids who've already decided what they're going be, except I'm a year away from being it with nothing but exciting opportunities from here till the end. I'm going to be the coolest English teacher ever.
I have this theory that the mind consists of two parts that can be visualized as a light source and a series of lenses. The lenses represent learned skills and procedures, bits of knowledge and beliefs that people leverage and manipulate in order to focus on a particular instance of thought. The source of light represents the subconscious color we all bring to our understanding of a thing (our schema). The color is our emotional response, whim, instinct, and the normalizing forces of culture. I believe that a deep understanding and control of both of these mechanisms of knowledge is what constitutes a powerful and versatile intellect, so I try to stay aware of both processes as much as I can.