Things to know:
I love traveling and visiting foreign places seems to be becoming more addicting and intoxicating with each new trip.
So far I’ve learned to tango in Buenos Aires, surfed with Australians in Buzios (Brazil), rode elephants in Laos, and swam with dolphins in the British Virgin Islands. I’ve tried paella in Barcelona, escargot in Paris, Mezcal in Mexico, Caipirinhas in Rio de Janeiro, "brownies" in Amsterdam, schnitzel in Munich, warm pints in London, scorpions in Thailand, and chianti in Florence. I was robbed in Argentina and have gotten lost in more of these place than I would like to count and have stayed in hotels and hostels that probably wouldn't be permitted to stay open in the US. I've put it all on black at the royal casino in Monaco, rode on a Venice gandola, saw the sunrise at Angkor Wat, and stood in the Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel. Hopefully, this is just the tip of the iceberg!
I do appreciate the kind of autonomy that comes with the bachelor lifestyle, but I think I’m ready for a more important type of freedom, the kind of independence David Foster Wallace refers to when he says: “The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.”
I believe that “what we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.”
I am an introvert that really enjoys being around people. That statement is not as contradictory as it appears...
Because of these traits (or maybe in spite of?) I have a lot of friends on the opposite end of the introvert-extrovert spectrum.
Although I do not get to see my family as often as I would like due to being 200 miles away, I'm very close with my family and value that aspect of my life highly. As George Burns said “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”