If my life had a soundtrack, it might sound something like this. Lately it sounds a lot like this, with more stops and starts (I'm learning!). Or this, because it's claymation, it's cold, and I live in their hometown.
Philosophically, I'm really good at balancing wisdom with wonder. And responsibility with a little recklessness.
I'm still pretty good at old-fashioned four-by-four rollerskating. And carving downhill on a dancer-length longboard.
I'm good at playing the piano, and certainly enjoy it more now than I did a long time ago.
It seems that I'm good at teaching art and design principles to my friends' children. (Complementary colors are frenemies!)
I am not very good at knitting... (I might be pretty good at the actual knitting part. I just can't figure out how to cast on. Or off. This scarf is going to be long...)
I can't even pretend to be interested in watching sportsball on television.
I like movies about nobility and sacrifice. Sometimes with explosions.
I like irony, sarcasm, and satire, but I think sincerity is funnier.
I like games that encourage cooperation more than competition.
I like music that takes me to another time and place. Rio de Janeiro in the sixties. Philadelphia in the seventies. Manchester in the eighties. Bristol in the nineties. Paris in the oughts. Space in the future?
I like French for breakfast or brunch, Vietnamese for lunch, and Japanese or Korean for dinner. I really like barbecue, Texas Hill Country style, for lunch and dinner. I love Mexican for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
A creative time or place or means to meditate.
An appreciation of life's absurdities.
An opportunity for honest introspection.
An eye for silver linings.
Kindness, plain and simple.
What my next challenge will be, and how to enjoy it.
Why things are the way they are.
How stuff works.
Which is better...
... contentment or fulfillment?
... joy or equanimity?
... courage or fearlessness?
... reason or intuition?
... knowledge or faith?
... order or chaos?
... Stoicism or Buddhism?
... peanut butter or chocolate?
... knowing what you want, or wanting what you have?
And though I hate the idea of listing 'qualifications', it would be nice if you don't mind a dog on the couch or (local, organic) meat on the table, if you at least appreciate fine art and good design, if you enjoy playing board games every now and then, and if you believe your partner should also probably be your best friend.