I'm a strong believer that experience defines the person you become, especially if you're smart enough to learn from it. I've travelled widely and loved every minute of it, with every mile travelled have felt an expansion of my personal horizons. I've experienced the lows, had to battle hard and long and fiercely, but have experienced triumph also. Perhaps foolishly I've always been determined to go my own way, and the journey has been memorable.
I'm a different man to what I was 10 years ago, but the basic attributes remain. I'm smart, sometimes too much for my own good. I have a history of independence, and perhaps stubbornness. I'm decent and compassionate I think, but can also be hard and ruthless. An ex once called me a warrior, which confused me at the time, but makes more sense now. I'm determined, defiant, resilient and passionate. I believe in things strongly.
I'm not for everyone. I have a searching, restless spirit. I love to read and learn, love the good things in life - food, wine, the odd carouse - and am a champion at indulging them; but I can't sit still and watch the world go by. I'm not a passive person, I'm not demure in any way, and I'm a long way from being a safe bet.
I was once voted the best catch by the women at my workplace of the time. You shouldn't believe that now.
I can tell you that I've been a corporate dude for most of my life, when I haven't been off acting the entrepreneur. At this moment in my existence I'm in the process of re-inventing myself, hoping that I may come out of it a butterfly.
I'm writing a book that should be finished soon. If that goes well I'll write another. Besides that I'm likely to continue to indulge my entrepreneurial escapades.
Some of these things I'm looking to partner up in - I'd love to travel with the right person, and perhaps I'll strive to be less difficult.
I think probably most people get the impression of intelligence. I seem to be known for that.
Edit: had dinner with a friend last night and asked for her feedback. She said intelligence certainly, but also mentioned that I was cultured. For some reason that surprised me - perhaps that competitive, overtly masculine sense of self isn't a natural mate to the cultured man of the world.
I'm a voracious reader. As I sit here writing this after Christmas I expect to consume about a thousand words before the new year - FWIW I'm reading a great history of the original Afghan war right now, a spy thriller, and a travel memoir set before WW2. I recently finished The Narrow Road to the Deep North and thought it was wonderful.
I love movies, but hardly go to the cinema. Faves: Groundhog Day, Lost In Translation, Age of Innocence, Dangerous Liaisons, The Double Life of Veronique, the Godfathers, Deliverance, Annie Hall, and all the others I forgot to mention.
Eclectic musical tastes: rock, pop, classical, jazz, but no woe is me country and western.
I love food, and love to cook. It's one of my resolutions to cook more often. I'm good at it. Unfortunately I can't eat seafood.