I hate the "dating game"! In some ways, I'm way better *in*
relationship than in bringing one about. A large part of this is that I'm kind of shy with people I haven't met, whether it's in a bar or on here, it feels extra-awkward. Know that if I've messaged you on here, there was something that *really* got my attention because it took something to override my natural habits (I realize this doesn't necessarily score any "extra credit").
I am one of the nice guys :) Really. Hoping to find someone for whom that's an unequivocal positive - and honestly, for someone not looking for (consciously or unconsciously) a "bad boy" to challenge them. Just because I'm nice doesn't mean I'm bland or uninteresting; I've cultivated a lot of very interesting and unusual experiences, and will always want to grow and expand and experience new, out-of-the-box things with a like-minded partner.
I *love* strong women. It's kind of a must-have for me, a strong/dominant personality, and someone who's at least a bit (if not a lot) of a tomboy and not bound by traditional gender roles.
I am also a bit of a nerd, in both the positive and negative senses of that word. I'm really smart and well-read and very much want a partner I can connect with on an intellectual level. I'm also, despite being able to blend in your basic crowd ok, fundamentally I'm a non-conformist and somewhat of a rebel, and would love a partner who is just a bit "different" herself.
A big part of my life is my spiritual path. It could be classified as "new-age" with elements of both Christianity and eastern religions. I realize in saying this I've probably just simultaneously alienated both the committed atheists on here (which is a fairly large group!), *and* the conventionally church-oriented highly-religious as well!! However, my spiritual orientation to life is a core of who I am; I believe that life IS spiritual, inherently, and that there's so much more going on here than the five senses show us... and that's at the cornerstone of the partnership I want to have; a mutual recognition that this is so. For me, the the main purpose of a relationship is to learn and grow together.
Is all this too much to ask? I hope not. I have a lot to offer to the right partner, could it be you??