I believe I have a unique ability to fit in anywhere, with any type of person, but I have a hard time respecting people who only care about keeping up with the Joneses. A lot of my views on life have been formed by my travels especially living my teenage years as an ex-pat (but not a diplomat brat!) in the Ivory Coast. Can't wait till I have an opportunity to go back and visit.
I really respect people who keep an open mind and have a curiosity about life and never stop asking "why". I also like people who see beyond their own corner of this Earth - and want to impact others' lives in a positive way. I'm looking for a genuine, caring, honest, and thoughtful (last one is important) guy who enjoys life and is an eternal optimist, like me. Bonus points if you are eager to share what you are passionate about - whatever it is.
A few years ago I wrote down my "list" of what I want in a guy and it had the typical - compassionate, intelligent, confident, good-looking, etc., etc. BUT, I recently have come to the very important conclusion that only three things matter - connection, compatibility, and chemistry - and despite what dating sites say, those things are not contained in an online profile.
So I stayed up waaaay too late the other night obsessively reading Best Of Craigslist (now you know why I need to date more) and there was this rant about on-line dating profiles. The poster hated people who said "love life" or "happy" or "optimistic" in their profiles because, to him or her, it seemed so self-evident and made the person seem simple or clueless. So I'm laying there saying darn - I think I have those phrases at least 5 times in my profile... I am in trouble!
But by the beautiful light of day I decided that:
1. Life is good
2. It's important to me that my partner thinks it is too
3. It's bad to start off any relationship - even friendship - faking who or what you are
4. I'm too lazy to research how to write the "perfect" profile
5. Best of CL is hilarious! You never realize how many crazy people with their crazy ideas and crazy things to sell there are in the world until you waste 3 hours reading all about them! (Check out the one about how SpongeBob would make the perfect woman - priceless!)
Driving fast but not getting stopped (that might be luck)
Sorting lights from darks
Experimenting with recipes - usually it's edible
Analyzing song lyrics and remembering random ones
Almost killing house plants and bringing them back from the brink
I read quite a bit. Just finished an amazing book - The Emperor of All Maladies. Really impacted me.
For work I read such valuable tomes as Organizational Communications: Processes and Analysis. Hard to keep awake sometimes :)
I read The Economist and O Magazine (yes, I'm such a girl!) on a semi-regular basis but will admit to flipping through US Weekly at the check-out stand (who is Kim marrying now?)
Other people - I don't think I would want to survive if I was the only person left on Earth
Acts of kindness
The ability for free thought
My contacts or glasses - I would have a hard time navigating!
Variety and new things
Being with family and friends
Watching Shark Tank - love that show