[Prior Editor's Note: When I was 18, my online dating profiles advised that "people who spend extended time around me tend to wind up less breakable or broken". The 15 years since have done nothing to convince me to change that very teenagery warning label.]
“You've met me at a very strange time in my life”
— Edward Norton, “Fight Club”
(I've been using that line in introductions since before Fight Club was a thing. Each time truer than the last. That's not a complaint, btw.)
— Rolling Stone, damning me with faint praise
I'm often in the field or in work settings which preclude easy Internet access to services like OKCupid. Please don't take it personally if replies are slow. For [redacted] reasons, I no longer carry a cell phone.
I've spent parts of my childhood and adult life overseas, like, for a couple years at a time. When I was 18/19/20 I traveled cross-country and up & down both coasts on Greyhound with just my backpack, sometimes going to cities where I knew no one and finding places to stay by serendipity and strange luck.
My (more) adult life has also involved a lot of movement. As a teen and in my 20's I did a lot of dissociative drugs, and the outside-looking-in POV they provided on the world has shaped much of my worldview, and left me detached from things and concerns many people would consider crucial.
I don't talk about my life a lot with casual Internet acquaintances, and tend to give vague answers when pressed. Please don't take it personally (sensing a trend?) - if & when I do explain, you'll understand why this is.
Besides, the things we have to say about ourselves often just projections of who we want to be, filled in on some mass-produced Scantron (or Internet quiz) with possible answers attached to little bubbles. Each preconception withers the sense of wonder.