Something you should know, I make a lot of jokes. One time my boss was asking me if we had bell peppers. The conversation went something like this:
"Matt, do we have peppers?"
"Are you sure?"
"I saw them with my own eye."
"My own EYE."
"...go back to work."
Humor is my way of dealing with things. And my family and friends have come to learn this and even make a few jokes themselves (which I find hilarious). So if that's something that will make you uncomfortable, then we probably won't get along. If you want to know the specifics, by all means, ask. I won't be offended. I just wanted to put to rest any assumptions that might be made.
Someone once told me that the only thing that matters is being better than the person you were yesterday, to keep pushing forward no matter how hard life pushes back. I won't lie and tell you that I'm Billy Badass, because I'm not. I lost sight of those words and took a hard stumble but I'm getting back up and I'm gonna make my dreams a reality because I'm not a failure as long as I never quit.
I'm not loud or arrogant. I'm a quiet man in the sense that I think before I speak, I try to find the right words. I'm a hopeless romantic but I know that relationships are work, that there will be fights and annoyances but through communication and effort on both sides it can be a passionate and beautiful thing. And finally I realized that we only get one shot at this life, and it's to be enjoyed, every opportunity presented before us.
When I was younger I realized that perfection is just a made up word for a standard no one can live up to. Flaws, imperfections, craziness, these are the things that make people real; these are the things that make people worth loving. Character is not built through perfection; like everything else it is built through blood, sweat, and tears. And if there is anything that I have in abundance it's character. My life has made me humble, honest, hard-working. It has tempered my pride and soothed my temper. I have worked to mold myself into the man I always wanted to be, but the job isn't done yet and that's the point; it never is.
And finally, if you want to learn something new on a regular basis, I don't think there's anyone better than me (if I am allowed to brag on this one point). I read constantly on a wide range of subjects from science to philosophy to history to psychology to literature and beyond.
And that's who I really am. It's not what I look like but what I do with my time that defines me.