Most profiles seem to contain a sampling collection of the usual self-congratulatory platitudes, you know -- thoughtful, funny, cultured, generous, loyal, honest, energetic, sexy, smart, et al, followed by a list of hobbies and lifestyle adventures.
(So who are all those folks who imperiously sweep past those who hold doors open for them without their saying "thank you"? And if we were all so wonderful, why do we need these dating sites? )
Having said that, I do make an honest & purposeful effort almost every day to be self-aware and to live up to those very same platitudes. And as far as all the rest, it takes little to make me happy. I refuse to be owned by stuff. I appreciate man-made things for their beauty, elegance, usefulness, or cleverness, not because my ego needs inflating. I appreciate nature as a gift and as reality.
I have always been more self-aware than the average reptile, and I live un-selfconsciously in an increasingly self-conscious culture. I have a natural skepticism of trends, pop-culture, and anything that the media obsesses over for the requisite 15 minutes. My skepticism includes skeptics. Without effort, I avoid lifestyle cliches as well as rhetorical ones. My long appreciation of the study of history that helps me keep my perspective. I believe in balance.
With a few notable exceptions, I don't stand in long lines or feel compelled to be the first on my block to do or buy something. I'm indifferent to celebrity for celebrity's sake. It all works out nicely and organically for me, because my passions typically lay elsewhere. Nothing bizarre, really just the things most people on this site say they are interested in but rarely pursue in practice.
(But I'd happily join you in what pleases & amuses you on a regular basis, simply because it's what you like. On my own however, I may tend not to go there, depending upon what it is.)
Authentic and down-to-earth, I don't pretend to be above the ordinary routines of daily life. I am by nature a happy individual, and engage with my neighbors, the gentleman who swabs the restrooms at work, and will exchange a wry observation with strangers if something strikes my fancy. I have no phobias and not a picky eater. As a native, I have always gone to any part of the city that I wanted to and I take the same attitude everywhere I've traveled. I'm not oblivious or foolish; it simply means I refuse to live in fear. I drive fast, but I wear a seat belt and signal lane changes & turns. I'm a realist, not a fatalist.
I usually give people the benefit of the doubt but I am allergic to narcissism. Grand drama & duplicity is a deal breaker. I hope I haven't ever disappointed or hurt a friend by commission or omission.
So, that's a bit of me. Seeming contradictions abound, but they are not contradictory to me. I won't "Wow!" you at first; that's not what I am about. But you may be impressed over time. Available with optional pulse.
Spoiler alert: I'm 61, but in the best physical condition I've been in in for about oh, 3 months....