Well, let's see... I spent just under 5 years in the Army, 1 of which was in Iraq. I love music, movies, reading, and writing. I can be pretty sarcastic and a smartass, and I like to make people laugh.
I am a Christian, though I do not pretend to be perfect or feel I am better than anyone else because of my beliefs. I fell away from my faith for a while, and am in the process of trying to figure out where I am being led and what the Lord has planned for me. I know what some of my purpose here is already, but I know there is still more. If you want to know how I know some of my purpose, feel free to ask. I should not be alive now, and probably should not have been born alive to begin with, not to mention a few close calls, including when I was in Iraq. Again, if you want details, just ask, those aren't things I keep secret.
I am also NOT a Republican, nor a Democrat, and my views on things go between Liberal and Conservative, depending on the issue.
I have never, and will never, do illegal drugs. I drink once in a while, though I do not remember the last time I was really drunk. Have nothing against drinking, just don't really see the point of getting drunk. I used to smoke, but quit cold-turkey in the middle of October 2006, and haven't looked back. What my friends do is their own business, but I do have standards when it comes to relationships. Drugs are a deal breaker for starters. If the drug use is in the past, then that is fine, as long as it is not the present. Won't hold someone's past mistakes against them though. I would prefer someone I date or am in a relationship to be a non-smoker as well, though this is not an absolute requirement. Being a Christian is a big plus, and is pretty much a requirement. Please note, however, that this doesn't mean I am looking for bible-thumping religious, right-wing nut-jobs. Not even close. I don't want to be with someone who is close-minded and judgmental. If you are a Christian who isn't afraid to admit you make mistakes and struggle with faith at times, then that is definitely good enough. I want to be with a woman who is comfortable making up her own mind when it comes to her beliefs, and not just follow along with what everyone else says. There is no such thing as a perfect religion or religious text, as they are all created by man, and man is flawed. I have friends of various religions, including Pagan beliefs, and people who do not believe in any God period. Just because I can get along with them (and actually tend to get along better with them than I have with many Christians because I actually respect people's choice of faith) and be friends though, doesn't mean a relationship would work out long term. I do not want a meaningless relationship, and if we can't share a common belief that is central to who I want to be, I just don't think it would work out in the long term.
What I want is a woman I can share my life with, and that does include sharing similar beliefs, and willing to go to church with me. I understand life can get in the way so church isn't an absolute requirement, but beliefs and morals are. I am fine going to church alone, have been doing that since I started going back a couple years ago, with occasional exceptions when my parents are there. It would be nice to have someone else there with me though, even if it's just a friend.
I want someone who not only shares similar beliefs but will also work with me to help each other grow in our relationship with God together, as long as that relationship doesn't become close-minded.
I do not care about age too much, though legal is a requirement, and at least old enough to drink is highly preferred. I have mostly been in serious relationships with women a little older than me, from a few months older than me to almost 3 years older. Most recent relationship was long-term and she is 6 years younger than me, so younger or older doesn't really matter so much. Maturity is important though when it comes to the big stuff. Acting immature is definitely fun at times, but actually being mature and acting like an adult is needed in many situations as well.
I do tend to be a little shy, and that seems that includes on here even, as I have delayed sending messages and such to people who interest me, though I have been getting better at it. If you are interested at all in what you see here, then feel free to send me a message or a wink or something. However, being shy does not mean I don't have any confidence in myself. I actually do like who I am, and even though I am not what I would think of as hot, I don't really have any desire to change my looks for the most part. That hasn't always been the case, but I am past that stuff. There are things I might not like (which I won't get into here, but if you get to know me then you will find out), but I wouldn't change them. They make me who I am, and like I said, I like who I am. More than that even, I love myself. I'm not perfect, but I wouldn't want to be.
To add to that last part, I will also say this: I don't want to be with someone who doesn't admit they are flawed and have baggage. Everyone has baggage, whether it is a disability, children, previous marriage, or something else (like being shy, not always believing in yourself, OCD, or other random quirks). Baggage isn't such a horrible word if you admit we all have baggage of some sort. I wouldn't rule someone out because they had children or were divorced(neither of these situations apply to me personally), it's too bad some others don't feel the same way.
I also do tend to be a nice guy (though no one is always nice). I do believe the statement Nice Guys Finish Last...to a point. It's not always the case. If that's how it is though, then so be it, I have no interest in being someone I am not. I might not like everything about myself, but there is very little I would actually change, including certain health issues. I'm not as nice overall as I used to be in some ways, but that's because I don't feel like being used because of it.
If you want to know more, feel free to ask.
I am Kind, Humorous, and Shy