As a kid, sometimes I was really outgoing and other times I'd sneak off to a pillow fort to write stories. Things haven't changed too much, though these days my sneakers don't light up. (As often.)
I play the piano and it keeps me sane. I wish people still wrote letters. I like to explore and learn and be challenged and think hard about the world and my place in it. But let's not kid ourselves, I also like making up nonsense words and I was once emotionally moved by "Katy Perry: Part of Me" on a plane.
Here’s a sentence from an essay by Tim Kreider that I once read and took to heart: "Maybe we mistakenly think we want “happiness,” which we tend to picture in very vague, soft-focus terms, when what we really crave is the harder-edged intensity of experience.” I'd like to be the interesting grandpa one day, with the weird stories. Take that, imaginary future other-grandpa.
Basically I hate playing games when it comes to romance, but I love playing games when it comes to Boggle.