Conventional wisdom states that I'm not supposed to reveal any of this on my profile. This is my dating resume after all! I'm supposed to demonstrate my most attractive characteristics in writing so that I can stand out above the other candidates and land an interview with you. Been there a lot. Done that a lot.
The problem I have with this approach is that it leads to a long drawn-out filtering period where our advertised personas gradually give way to our true selves. Nobody can tell if the relationship is going to work until this process is finished, and we fight tooth and claw to keep that from happening. We're afraid people won't love us for who we truly are, so we cling to our own self-branding. I'm supposed to be the intellectual outdoorsy superman and you're supposed to be the fun-loving world-traveling superwoman. We inevitably fall in love with these roles instead of the people who play them, and every date leads to the same disillusionment and disappointment.
I'm tired of playing this game. I'm ready to show all my cards and walk away from the table.