Sometimes I feel like a Knight Errant: scouring the world for Truth, Adventure, Challenge, Honor, and, of course, Beauty. My friends sometimes perceive me as being a "white knight", but that is not how I imagine myself. I'm curious, intense (sometimes uncomfortably so), imaginative, creative, respectful and forward-looking.
My passions in life revolves around a search for wisdom, understanding, patience, peace, and calm and I find that personal sports like Martial Arts (I practice Tai Chi and Systema), swimming, hiking, biking, help me reach those goals.
I'm involved in a poetry group (music + language = <3) as well as a few geeky groups for computers/tech. I continually try to stay computer-literate and have a deep interest and fascination with programming languages.
I try to travel once a year to somewhere, but I'm not touristy. I prefer to integrate myself into cultural or natural surroundings rather than hop from crowded hotspot to crowded hotspot, clambering over people to get a picture of some thing. I was recently in France, staying with wonderful people (that's why I travel). I was the best man at my best friend's wedding in Rodez! After that, it was Paris, wine, Montpelier, more wine, castles, wine again, Toulouse, and even a short trip to Pamplona for the running of the bulls. Did I mention the wine?
In my daily life I exercise, tutor, and try to enjoy the company of my friends as much as possible. I prefer to be a good friend to a few rather than merely familiar with lots of people. Schedules at the daily level are hard to work around, but I do what I can to meet new people and stay active, socially.
I'm fairly analytical, rational, and calm. I don't broadcast my emotions / passions for all to see, but they are there, boiling beneath the surface, waiting for expression.
Trust your gut with me, don't let my shy exterior fool you into thinking I'm not interested or I don't like you, don't over-analyse my actions (or inactions); just relax, then I'll relax, and we'll have a great time together.
4. Pen & Paper
You are comfortable with initiating conversation;
you do battle against your own comfort;
shopping, tv, movies, and other passive entertainment have no hold over your life;
you are brave enough to go see what's out there;
you require no one's permission to pursue passions or do what you love;
you appreciate beauty wherever you find it, and seek it out;
the word 'passive' is not in your vocabulary;
you are not a cat person (I'm terribly allergic, sorry...);
you know what you like and you like to share it;
you don't take pictures of, nor glorify, food;
you like to smile;
you are hopeful;
you are honest about what you want from others;
you are non-traditional;
you see past the "foreigner" mask;
you are helpful and compassionate;
you communicate when you talk;
you have interesting suggestions;
music means more to you than just dance fodder;
you value thought;
you laugh at your own jokes;
you are good with people;
your idea of a good life does not revolve around staying home;
dependency irritates you;
you are unashamed of sexuality;
you value quiet;
a bike trip, a hike, or a jog in the rain makes you feel glorious.