So many atrocities and terrible incidents occurring not only in undeveloped nations but also in what we consider developed countries. So I am grateful and think myself fortunate to not only having been given this life but I feel lucky that I had grown up in Canada. Perhaps that is much of the reason why I smile a lot. Hard not to be happy about how lucky we are.
I love making people smile and laugh. Granted I love laughing along myself. But it's amazing how good it feels not only hearing laughter but realizing that you initiated that. I'm not necessarily the best story teller but my humour comes from wise crack one-liners mostly that sometimes border on being sarcastic.
I tend to be very active and I don't like being lazy
(although I do sometimes succumb). We are lucky to be given this world to experience and with that there is so much to learn and do and I love taking advantage of that.
I love living healthy, I'm certainly not saying that I don't drink socially, don't eat junk food or succumb to bouts of laziness as I do all three sometimes at the same time. But I have made some attempts at a foundation for a healthy lifestyle. I use my bike and walk to places when I can. Being active with volleyball, running, tennis, ultimate, snowboarding, helps me to stay healthy in an enjoyable way too.
I also cook as much as I can using ingredients from stores I can walk to or farmer's markets. Well I suppose I still have to visit larger chain grocery stores since bananas aren't yet available in famers markets.
I swear when I was younger I thought I had 2 left feet. But suddenly in 2011 I found myself on stage performing as part of a salsa troupe. It was a terrifying and exhilirating experience. But turns out I loved it so I kept on performing. Although I'm taking a break right now but still do latin dancing socially.
A few years ago I left my job for a year to go traveling and I spent most of that time in South America. Truly an incredible experience. With my most recent vacation I finally hit the last continent (yes I know I'm leaving out Antarctica) that I hadn't set foot on with my trip to Tanzania. So yeah to say I love traveling may be putting it lightly.
My friends have been a great source of strength for me. I have good friends I have known since as far back as I can remember to good friends that I have made relatively recently. I suppose it helps that I really enjoy connecting with people and sometimes out of that a new friendship is born.
Almost forgot about this. I suppose this shows where on the priority list this topic lies. Don't get me wrong as I'm grateful for my tech job especially in an industry that has had some really bad times. I also seem to be good at what I do since they continually want me to take on greater challenges and broader responsibilities. But truth be told I'm not a 9-to-5 career oriented person. Meaningful and fullfilling work is important to me but my preference is to be more independent and have more flexibility with a "be your own boss" mentality. And I am setting myself up to make that happen.
One of my consistent hobbies over the past few years is running. Although I can't say that I'm awesome at it but the beauty of it is that you don't have to excel at it for the benefits it provides.
Oh, I'm also really good at getting lost in foreign cities. Almost too good.
I don't watch TV much or at all really. I don't even have cable so I can't say I have any favourite shows.
I do have my fair selection of Malcolm Gladwell and Stephen Covey books. I guess that isnt really uncommon. I did read Three Cups of Tea recently and quite liked it although I suppose I should read Three Cups of Deceit as well. I have the series of Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, and the Hunger Games. Otherwise I have a stack of travel guides for various countries around the world of where I've been or where I'd like to go.
I am such a sucker for going to the movies with popcorn in hand. So I have too many favourite movies to name. But your standard favourites are probably mine as well. I really loved the movie The Way but I could easily relate to it having walked El Camino twice.
Sometimes I just enjoy listening to the radio or a playlist and just enjoying what randomness comes on. I love my friends playlists. My playlist changes but right now some of the groups I listen to are Coldplay, Adele, Killers, Mana (from Mexico), and Manu Chau.
I love many types of food from a plethora of different cultures. And I'm usually adventurous enough to try new foods. Traveling certainly helped with that. Hard to pick out a favourite but Thai really sticks out in my mind. Of course good sushi is hard to beat. Then again Indian really kicks! Oh but I know this great Chinese place....
Sounds like I eat out all the time but I actually try to eat home cooked food as often as I can.
- a latin music venue
- a home where I can host my friends
- fresh ingredients to cook with
- meaningful work
- my bicycle
- how to live freely without being stuck in the 9-to-5 mentality
- the stuff I have to do that I'm not doing at that moment
- having a drink with some co-workers
- latin dancing
- hanging out with friends
- maybe skating on the canal if it's winter
- perhaps heading out of town some where
- You would consider yourself to be an active person.
- You are interested in relationship building
(either short or long term)