Started reading Carl Jung's Collected Works at 17, finished them while in the Army in my early 20s. Hated the roles we were expected to fill and follow in High School. Was a top student in school but refused to take the SATs. Joined the Army after graduation and learned Arabic, just in time for the Gulf War. Fortunately, instead of killing people, I got to spend 2 years living, playing, and eating with the most amazing Arabs from all over the Middle East. During my time in the Army, my interest in psychology, religion, spiritiality, mysticism, and even the occult exploded. At the end of my four years of service, my interests had returned to mathematics and physics which I went to school for immediately afterwards.
I studied physics and math at Austin Peay State Univeristy, UMASS Amherst, and UMCP (College Park, MD). Between UMASS and Maryland, I studied philosophy and meditation under a Tibetan Buddhist Lama in Frederick, MD and Dehra Dhun, India. As his attendant, I cooked for him, cleaned for him, assisted in teachings (which means I held stuff), and basically allowed my over-large ego to suffer much needed abuse. After the mind-blowing experiences of that time, returning to school seemd almost silly. I no longer worked my way to the top of the class; the intellect and its persuits had lost its shiney appeal. I proceeded to do instead the things I really loved... no matter how little they fed the ego :-)
I've just been chillin' since then... chillin' and learning about living...
I am poetic, vivacious, and eccentric.