32Silver Spring, United States
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My self-summary
I have no idea how to answer this question, but I have been on this website for a long time, and the general consensus seems to be that no one does!
I've been a student for nearly twenty years, and I'm currently experiencing some (understandable) apprehension about entering the "real world" of semi-adulthood (I say semi because I value the elements of childhood far to much to ever become a genuine "adult"). I am by no means kicking and screaming, only wondering and (on occasion) worrying. I have been training to be a teacher, and that is truly exciting. I love to read and write, and see language (both written and spoken) as perhaps the highest form of art.
I think. A lot. I love music, movies, art, trees, laughing with anyone (but not at anyone), and witty banter among other things. I try to maintain an appreciation and respect for the depth of human thought, while not forgetting the simple things we take for granted every day. I am a closeted idealist and at my core a romantic. The challenge for me, is avoiding the cynicism that can come from watching a world full of frightened people struggle against one another to secure a place for themselves.

I am a learner, wildly imaginative, and a romantic
What I’m doing with my life
I'm teaching for the summer at a special needs camp/extended school year program (hooray for finally being certified!). At the same time I'm brushing up on my knowledge of grammar and preparing to go and teach English overseas in South Korea (and then travel for some time after).
I’m really good at
I tend to preform for people (not fake, just funny). I like to make people laugh and a pretty smile motivates me. I will sing, tell stories and joke with any receptive audiences.
I have a knack for devising "what if" scenarios, and often play them out in my head, which makes people wonder what I'm laughing at, or why I'm staring off into space.
I'm good at standing in other peoples shoes, and giving advice. I'm not as good at taking my own though.
The first things people usually notice about me
I think that this answer really depends. My co-workers tend to be slightly intimidated by me (until they get to know me) because I can come off as being very professional. My residents and students often tell me that I'm disarming (not in the fifth grade vocabulary, but I can tell that they think it by how they tend to open up) and easy to talk to, which I take pride in. I have a pretty enormous laugh, and a pretty enormous presence as well, which to be completely honest I take pride in. One thing people notice about me after the first hour we have spent together is that I am completely harmless, and simply love to enjoy the moment that I am sitting in.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I really love to read, and can't even begin to name all the authors I like. I am drawn towards childrens literature because I am planning on both teaching and publishing it someday. Also I think that it is the closest thing we have today to the old oral storytelling traditions that used to exist. I also read grown up books, particularly ones that explore foreign cultures and places. I also have a great respect for the classics. The only author who is worth mentioning here is my all time favorite, J.M. Barrie and the greatest boy who ever lived, Peter Pan.

I think I like movies so much because of my inherent empathy, I really get drawn into the events of a movie, no matter what I'm watching. I like the occasional mindless comedy, but have a soft spot for the moving dramas. I love the classics and Humphrey Bogart is one of my role models. The only movies I tend to shy away from are horror movies, which are significantly more frightening when you tend to imagine yourself into the cast.

I like any type of music that I can sing along to. I love show tunes because of my history in theater/musical theater and I try to stay up to date with whats currently running on Broadway (but I don't always succeed. I like the oldies (like the Beatles and Beach boys) Motown, and love Classic Rock (Boston, Queen, and Led Zeppelin especially). The only music I would rather not listen to is hardcore Rap or Death Metal.

When it comes to food I like most of it! I try to experiment with different types of food, and have recently been working harder to maintain a balanced and more natural diet (no fast food or things that come in a bag with ingredients I don't know). I love fresh food, which means I end up cooking a lot, which I honestly don't mind. I have a weakness for really good (it MUST be really good) BBQ and my grandmothers cooking.
Six things I could never do without

Time for reflection

Somewhere I can go to forget I live in a city

A long term goal

Random acts of Kindness

I spend a lot of time thinking about
The next step I have to take, but then I beat myself back into the moment. So in the end it's a pretty even mix. I think about what motivates myself, and the people around me in their daily actions. I think about what kind of impact I will leave behind.
On a typical Friday night I am
I would like to register the usual "there is no typical Friday night" complaint. My Friday nights vary wildly, they can consist of movies with pals, card/board games, occasional drinking with some friends or hitting a bar (I love the piano bar). I appreciate a night out, but enjoy being a homebody as well, balance is healthy right?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Confessions are earned, not given to entice people into talking with me. Sorry.
You should message me if
Your looking for a friend, or someone to do something with this weekend. You're interested in what I've said and would like to dive deeper. If you think we have a lot in common. I'm not really looking for an "internet relationship," ideally I want to find someone on this site to meet up with for coffee and do the actual dating thing.

It's worth mentioning some qualities I like in a girl: I want a girl who will sing with me (just for fun is fine), a girl with a sense of humor is dead sexy, long distance relationships and smokers generally don't fly with me, sorry (not a judgment of character, just a preference).
The two of us