I try to live my life according to a set of core values. These include: the value of honesty, the importance of sincerity, the transformative power of truth, the quest for wisdom, the necessity of healthy debate, and, perhaps above all, a constant striving towards empathy. These all lofty goals, and often difficult to reach. Like most others, I often find myself giving in to jealousy, self-interest, rivalry, and laziness, although I fight to overcome these impulses.
I think that there are many positive attributes to myself and my personality, and probably some negative ones as well. I've struggled over the years with anxiety and depression, and while my mood goes up and down, I'm managing to get by. This isn't to suggest that I'm a downer or difficult to be around - there are a lot of things I enjoy (music, good food, interesting people, getting out and seeing the city). I consider myself a creative person with a strong imagination, a capacity for deep thought, and a lot of curiosity. I love learning new things or hearing perspectives that are different from my own.
I'm on this site because, while I have plenty of friends and get out as much as I can, I seem to have difficulty connecting with people romantically. There are probably a number of reasons for this: slight discomfort in large crowds (which make parties/bars difficult), low self-confidence, shyness, and the fear of rejection. I felt all of these things strongly when I was younger, but I'm getting better with age. In certain situations or with people who, for whatever reason, I feel comfortable, I can also be very outgoing. Generally, I think I'm a quiet person, but I'm a good conversationalist with the right partner.