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.
I just graduated with a Bachelor's in psychology. I'm applying to graduate school at the moment so we'll see how that goes.
Shaving. I picked up wetshaving a little over a year ago. I own a slant bar and straight edge that I use. It was bloody at first but now I've gotten pretty good at it.
Writing. I write short fiction stories in my spare time and everyone who has read my work really likes it.
Listening/giving advice. I know what you're thinking, "That's what every guy says", cue eyeroll. People often tell me they feel like they can tell me things for some reason so I've always listened to my friends problems and given them what advice I could. Honestly I enjoy it, watching people overcome obstacles, it's probably my main motivation for going into psychology.
Computers. I've been building my own PC's for a while now and have gotten pretty good at both the hardware and software side of things. I set out just to have a useful skill but it's actually pretty fun.
Trying to be funny. I like to make jokes and make people laugh. I kinda feel like people are too serious so I often try to make them laugh. I do know when it's time to be serious...mostly.
"How is he so strong?"
"That hair is glorious"
All things I've actually heard
Books: 1984, A Brave New World, Of Mice and Men, Ender's Game, Legend of Drizzt, Tao Te Ching, Lord of the Flies, Hamlet, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Movies: Inception, Shawshank Redemption, Fight Club, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Pulp Fiction, LotR
Shows: Breaking Bad, Dexter, Doctor Who, HIMYM, Game of Thrones, Shameless
Music: Johnny Cash, Waylong Jennings, Blink-182, Social Distortion, Chuck Berry, Elvis, Flogging Molly, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, Mozart, Bach, Blind Willie Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf
Food: Really I'll eat anything and I can cook anything.
Yep, don't need much to be happy
I think a more adequate answer would be this: I don't really stress about stuff. Life is gonna happen and there's only a small fraction I can control. I take care of my affairs so there's no reason for me to worry. And the things I can't control, well, usually it's kinda funny in a certain light. Life is to be enjoyed, and that's what I do.
I did an AMA
I'm scared of spiders because they're the spawn of Satan.