All photos are within the last year of so.
OK. Try this. Next time you're in a crowded room, or riding on BART, take a look at all the people surrounding you and pretend they're dogs. Concentrate as their faces transform into assorted Pugs and Afghans, Labs and Chihuahuas. You'll be amazed at how adorable everyone suddenly becomes. Not to get too New Agey, but I'd like to think that's how we all appear to whatever higher power(s) there may be.
Before we go any further, we have to address that one nagging question: If all these guys you're checking out are really so cute and smart and funny and sexy, so caring and self-aware, then WHY ON EARTH ARE THEY STILL AVAILABLE? Shouldn't they all have been claimed by deserving women years ago? As you stare into the dreamy eyes of each photo, you start to wonder: Does he live with his mother? Is he pathologically cheap? A terminal Peter Pan? Halitosis? Scabies? Hung like an elf?
Sadly, these issues plague almost all the other men on OKCupid.
And as for me? The short version: I was married for four years to a delightful woman. We were too different. We're still on good terms. I'm over it.
And who are you, my new love? While I'm trying not to be too attached to any one vision, this is how I seem to picture it:
You've chosen your own unconventional path. You spend most of your time doing things you're genuinely excited about.
You have a playful mind. You're a little kooky. People who see the world exactly as it is, regardless of how bright or capable they may be, tend to bore you.
You're sensual and affectionate.
You love language. You're articulate and communicative and you need your partner to be.
Despite your moderate kookiness, you're reasonably sane and balanced, though it may have taken some time to get there. Maybe you didn't have the greatest childhood. And maybe your imagination has saved your life, both then and now. You're looking for support from your partner and you're strong enough to offer it in return. Creative people have a reputation for being self-involved, but you know how much more fulfilling it is to share in something bigger.
There are cracks in your armor. As Leonard Cohen said, "That's how the light gets in."
You love animals. And kids. You may want a life with both.
You laugh easily and find joy in tiny things, every day.