Update: I've been on this website for about two years now, and aside from a fling with someone I met here (which, while important and meaningful to me, did not become a full-fledged relationship), I have been on a lot of one-off dates that didn't go anywhere. I enjoyed many of them - I like meeting new people and learning about their lives and interests - but at the same time, I have been feeling unfulfilled. I contemplated simply deleting this profile, but decided instead to try and complete it in a new way, with as earnest and direct an approach as I feel capable of.
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. Gosh, that sounds obnoxious. The truth is that, 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. In certain situations or with people who, for whatever reason, I feel comfortable, I can be very outgoing. Other times, I'm shy and quiet - it all depends.