Music is my greatest passion, followed closely by languages. I suppose I've already come quite a long way in my studies in both of these fields, but I feel like I'm just beginning, and there's so much more I want to learn and accomplish. I play piano and a bit of cello; lately I think I'd like to be a jazz singer one day. I speak almost fluent French, and I studied Mandarin Chinese to an advanced level, but have since forgotten a lot.
I'm a creative type who also majored in organic chemistry and enjoys logic puzzles, and I seem to exhibit strengths that are considered characteristics of both right-brain and left-brain dominance.
I enjoy introspection, contemplation of the human condition, contemplation on a myriad of other subjects, having epiphanies, dreaming up metaphors, dreaming in general.
I am conscious of being in a constant state of evolution, progressing in fits and starts.
I dislike being advertised at, I don't consider "shopping" a leisure activity, and I enjoy not being a slave to any form of consumer compulsion.
I have a long-standing habit of only buying clothes on treasure-hunting expeditions to op-shops.
I don't see the appeal of diamonds - I don't find them particularly aesthetically appealing, and I have absolutely no desire to own one.
I like noticing details, finding forms of beauty hidden everywhere in the commonplace, sometimes trying to photograph what I see.
I collect interesting pebbles as souvenirs of travels to places near and far.
I like writing things in square brackets. [ Like this. ]
I still feel the urge to climb trees or onto rooftops.
I am prone to intense but relatively short-lived obsessions.
I like the Japanese aesthetic concept wabi-sabi.
I get annoyed when people unthinkingly assume I posess attributes which form part of the typical female gender stereotype.
I spend a lot of time thinking about Human Rights, and in particular at the moment how I can contribute to ending Australia's human rights abuses against asylum seekers.
New hobbies I have recently taken up: Hula hooping, poi, swing dancing... I'm sure there's more that I've forgotten for the moment. Wait, I just remembered one! I recently had my first real taste of acrobatics, and I'm planning to be able to do a standing backflip by this time next year.
A couple of months ago I went tandem skydiving for the first time - I can't wait to do it again.
Old hobbies I have picked up again: inline skating - skated about 20k on my first time out after about 10 years and loved it. Running - managed to run a very respectable time in a 10k having not run that distance for almost 20 years!
I have recently adopted a beautiful little black cat, he is the best.