I moved to the DC area after living abroad for six years working in international development. It has been interesting trying to figure this place out and I've met some interesting people along the way. Before D.C., I lived in six countries in six years, so it was a difficult transition getting back in touch with the U.S. I was actually completely blind-sided with the challenges I faced upon moving back, but I think I may finally have the hang of it again. It's also been really nice being closer-ish to my family and reconnecting with the many friends I left during my 20s - a decade of wanderlust. Staying put is great too. I appreciate home, solid relationships, and the U.S. now like I never would have without leaving.
I can be happy doing anything with people that I care about. I value individuals who in a certain sense, wear their hearts on their sleeves. Those with passion for something, whom are giving and empathetic, have a story(ies) to tell, and the ever curious are my types of folks. I tend to surround myself with dependable and honest (even brutally honest. No need for candycoating) people. Luckily, I've been able to find many lifelong friends such as this around the globe. The salary you earn and what material possessions you own are at the bottom of the importance hierarchy.