StoicPaladin
30 South Burlington, United States
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My self-summary
"We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." - T.S. Eliot

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Former soldier, future doctor, and currently an overworked medical student. It's been an interesting ride..

I've lived abroad a fair amount of time. Over that time I've learned that I feel most alive when I am out encountering new people, new cultures, new thoughts. I love traveling and seeing what life has to offer.

My work is important to me; I sacrificed a lot to get what I want and to be here. Consequently, it means a lot to meet someone who is passionate about their ideas, helping others, or seeking some larger dream they put their effort into. For me, it is wanting to help others through medicine, to be someone who makes a difference.

When I'm not studying or working, I'm as happy going hiking in the mountains as much as I am having drinks on the beach. A quiet night watching movies or a road trip to go explore...I'm interested in living for the moment when it takes you.

Life is for living, not wondering at what could have happened.
What I’m doing with my life
Trying to make it a good one. Occasionally I try to hack my way through learning the viola, despite being hopelessly inept. Maybe starting a string instrument during anatomy/med school *wasn't* the best idea...
I’m really good at
Hard question to answer; I try to be capable at lots of things rather than a master of a few.
The first things people usually notice about me
I suppose you need to ask other people, eh?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
A couple...

Books:
Far too many to list. I love reading. This has gotten to be a significant issue in that I can't find a place to *store* all my books (I wish I was joking).

Movies:
O Brother Where Art Thou?
Little Miss Sunshine
Les Miserables
Men of Honor
12 Years a Slave
Glory
The Princess Bride
My Cousin Vinny
The Life Aquatic
The Big Lebowski
Lord of the Rings
When The Last Sword is Drawn
Pan's Labyrinth
Grandma's Boy
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
American History X
Remember the Titans
The Last Samurai
Akira Kurosawa movies
Le Samourai
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Black Dynamite
K-Pax
Kingdom of Heaven
Django Unchained
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Neverending Story

Shows:
Most documentaries. I don't have that much time for tv though. When I get down, watching nature shows makes me smile inside for some reason.

Music: (I'm pretty eclectic)

Muse
Radiohead
Phantogram
Emancipator
Blackmill
Ludavico Einaudi
Tool
CCR
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Pink Floyd
John Legend and The Roots
Glitch Mob
ODESZA
Wu-Tang Clan
The Fugees
Break of Reality
Philip Wesley
Lindsey Stirling
Led Zeppelin
Sigur Ros
Metallica
Counting Crows
Dawes
Neil Young
Tom Morello / Rage Against the Machine
The Chieftains
Johnny Cash
Foo Fighters
Disturbed
Staind
Flogging Molly
Temple of the Dog
Jackson Browne
The Wallflowers
Modest Mouse
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Nirvana
Rolling Stones
Pearl Jam
Collective Soul
Michael Franti
Seether
Alice in Chains
The Xx/Jamie xx

...and most grunge/alt or downbeat that comes on the radio.

Celtic music, blues/R&B, or classical when I want to chill out.

Food:
My grandmother's cooking (Hungarian)

Thai, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Ethiopian, Mediterranean/Middle Eastern

The best food is the food that's in front of you!
The six things I could never do without
Natural beauty, traveling, pets/animals, learning, good friends, and family (though they can drive me crazy). Not necessarily in that order.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Life and where I want it to go. If you don't know who you are or what you are looking for, how do you know you're going the right way?

The meaning of life. What is the purpose of existence, what do people believe and why? Etc.

Wishing I was out backpacking in Alaska, Acadia National Park, or the Kancamagus.
On a typical Friday night I am
Any of the following are likely:

Listening to downbeat/chill music and hanging out with friends.

Looking for the blue bird of happiness.

Working out because I love good food way too much.

Reflecting on the irony of having a headache whilst studying for an exam on migraines and headaches.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I say "Wicked awesome, y'all" occasionally to mess with folks.
You should message me if
You're someone who is outgoing, cares about helping others, and you want to do things in life...not watch other people do it. You want to have a hell of a lot of fun with someone along the way.

You're someone who wants a partner, an equal. You want something more out of life than a white picket fence and caring what everyone thinks...

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Some ideas:

You see it as perfectly reasonable to say "@#$% it, we're buying cider doughnuts/maple sugar candy/homemade ice cream and taking a drive up to Kennebunkport/Boston/Portland/Montreal."

You would rather do something incredible on a weekend instead of watching a ball game on tv.

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If I don't answer a message, I apologize. I don't like to be intentionally mean to anyone, but I am not always able to see things working out. This is in no way a reflection on you, just the situation I am in.
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