In any case, what do I tell you to pique your interest, trigger your fascination? I won't even try. I'm too old now than to give you anything but the unvarnished truth - my version of it anyway. I'd rather you see the warts now and move right along than to trick you otherwise.
I've spent most of my adult life being aggressively competitive and ambitious. It was great fun. When I wasn't doing that I would take off somewhere with a pack on my back. I'd grow a beard, sleep in strange beds, stare dazedly at people as they spoke in a lingo I couldn't hope to understand, and otherwise dive in head first wherever I was.
Back at home I was social. I'd go to the footy, to the pub, to the bars I knew so well, to the restaurants I loved to eat at, to my friends. Occasionally I'd find myself in a relationship, sometimes serious, more often diversionary. In truth I was never ready - too many things to do, and besides, like any good bloke, I loved to keep my options open. Still and all I had a very fruitful relationship with the opposite sex, even if a tad buccaneering: I'd run up the jolly Roger and prepare to board.
The good news is that I've now arrived at a different place in my life. I still carouse occasionally, but like in a lot of things I've dialled things down from the occasional 11 to about 3 or 4. I still travel, and still love it, but tend to do it in much more style than I did before: my bones are getting older. I'm still competitive, I still like to race and feel the wind in my hair, but I've shifted my focus to other things. Hell, I'm now an entrepreneur.
Which brings me to relationships. The day I stop feeling roused is the day I doubt gravity, but truth of it is I want something way different to ever before. That's what comes of living a life of freedom, independence and only marginal responsibility. One day you feel it in your heart, the yearning for the things you always put to one side.
I have a lot, inside and out, I want to share. I want to be humble. I want to build the things I've never bothered with. I believe in a lot, always have, and want to make it so, and with someone who moves me.
I'm not the perfect catch. I tall, but I'm not super tall - a smidge over 6 foot. I'm reasonably fit, but I'm not about to run a marathon. I look ok, but I'm not George Clooney. My claim to fame, if anything, is that I'm smart. And maybe that I'm sensitive. And I think I have some upside.