You can't stay ahead of disaster forever, though, and I'm a different kind of guy now. Real liberal - everyone's more or less the same inside, you know? People draw false distinctions to make themselves feel unique, but if you've got a brain and a pulse, you've got a whole lot of the same things going for you as anyone else.
Which brings me to what I'm interested in: meeting people with a brain. I like thinkers, you know? Philosophers, sociologists, scientists, engineers, writers, perpetual students, that sort of thing. They've got a unique flavour to them that I just can't help but want to be around.
Some people don't really feel alive unless they're doing something dangerous, or training to run the next big marathon in their existence. Some other people are fine with just curling up with a good book, and finding a meaning to their existence in the products of someone else's mind.
I can relate to both of those types of people, I suppose. I spend a lot of time walking around, seeking out life experiences that I haven't already sampled.
But the latter is really what calls to me. I guess I've been spending a fair deal of my time lately trying to find meaning to my own existence in the minds of others. And it's really rewarding, too. Sometimes it can be a little short-lived, but new experiences never last. It's funny how we've all got that in common.
Lately though, people have been saying that my strongest quality is that I just never give up. Life closes a door, I open a window. Life knocks me down, I get right back up. Life goes up a fire escape, I climb over everyone else to get to the roof, too. Life takes off in a helicopter, I find a way to hang on for the ride.
Yeah, my strongest quality is definitely that I'll do anything in my pursuit of life.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a creeper or anything (I've met more than enough to know the difference), I just come on kind of strong sometimes. It sets a weird tone for initial introductions, I guess.
Once that introduction phase is over though, things tend to smooth over with everyone I meet. All my friends and I have grown really close. We 'get' each other, you know? We even seem to develop the same goals and values pretty quickly. It's just the meeting new people part that can be tricky.
In the past I've been really interested in books of all sorts, television and movies too. I've read and seen a lot of fiction - some of it believable, some not. Fantasy and science fiction I always found really interesting, they'd always have plausible justifications for why horrible things happen to people, and a way back from the brink of disaster, like a cure for any problem.
Real life isn't like that, though. There isn't always a cure. Sometimes you just have to move on. Just keep moving on. One step at a time. Forever. You know?
I also get weirded out by priests. Rabbis, too. Any kind of cleric, really. I don't really have anything against them, they just make me feel uneasy. I'm not really sure why, I guess you could say something about them just turns me off.