That being said, I'm a free thinker, who is grounded in reality. I'm trying to live minimalistically. Essentially I don't buy things, and yes this started shortly after college while having little money to buy things.
I'm a vegetarian and exercise regularly.
I'm an optimist naturally, learned to be a realist, but I'm seeing the benefits of being an opportunist. The glass has never been half empty, I don't see it as half full anymore, just a glass with water in it that I want to drink.
I enjoy writing, reading, hiking, listening to music and the occasional movie. I own a television, but do not have cable. It's been like this for four years now, and I love it! My time is precious and I want to spend it doing things I enjoy.
I have taken charge of my life; I like where it's headed. The tough times lead to growth, and a story to tell later on. It could even impart wisdom.