I've been, in no particular order, an engineer, a lifeguard, an academician, a ski instructor, a researcher, a writer, a consultant, an airline pilot, and farmer*.
I put the asterisk next to the farmer because that was sort of short-lived. Nevertheless, I learned a few things while farming as a twelve-year old. I didn't list being a student, because we're all students going forward, or at least should be.....
I am relatively laid back. I'm doing things I enjoy and have a mostly stress-free and happy existence. I have friends of all ages and feel comfortable talking with almost anyone.
I think dating can be fun in of itself, even when it turns out there isn't chemistry. It's all about expectations. My expectation is just to meet someone and have fun getting to know them. If there is chemistry, then all the better. I think it would be great to meet someone I might fall head over heels for, but I think it is a mistake to expect that or to think that is a prerequisite for a happy and healthy existence. I like the idea of meeting new and interesting friends as an end in itself.
Here on okcupid, I used to believe Match % is at least as important as anything that can be gleaned from pictures or a one page profile. I think Match % is more 'honest'. However, I've yet to actually date anyone here who is a really high match (i.e., > 90%). I've met a few really awesome people who were relatively low matches, but I still put a certain faith in the math. I guess you never really know until you get into the same room ;)
Sometimes I think I should be more proactive about dating. It just hasn't been something I've put much effort into amongst all the other stuff going on in life, but as the lottery slogan says, "You can't win if you don't play."