I have very strong opinions about things which are important to me. If I can't understand what someone else expresses, I tend to ask a lot of questions. I'm the kind of person that embraces details but wants to get to the heart of the matter as soon as possible. Although I can be verbose, I'd rather speak my mind directly instead of sugar-coating or beating around the bush.
My passion in life is teaching. Teaching isn't just about standing in front of people and lecturing them. It's about getting students to think, to communicate, and to build trust and confidence in themselves and in others (no matter what their age). Being a teacher is about providing knowledge, yes, but more in the fashion of guidance. I find it very important to connect with my students, and I absolutely love to see them smiling, laughing, and wholly enjoying themselves in class - especially when a light bulb comes on over their heads. I take my job seriously (unlike many people in the English-conversation-school-teacher-in-Japan profession, as I've found), and it bugs me when others don't do the same. My philosophy is that if you aren't enjoying your job and if you're not passionate about it, then find one you do enjoy, and go after it. Don't waste time complaining and then doing nothing to change the things that are within your control.
Not only do I feel this way about my job but also about life in general.
This should give you a very basic idea of what my primary drive is in life at the moment (keywords: "basic" and "primary"). If you agree and/or want to know more, then I'm sure we could get along swimmingly ^_^
I don't plan on leaving Japan any time soon, so it would be nice to connect with others who would like to stay here for the long term.
~ typing fast
~ learning languages
~ noticing and remembering details
~ putting off things I don't want to do/don't have any interest in doing
Since I don't tend to hang around with non-Japanese very much, it's difficult to say what other people's observations of me are at this point.
Devin Townsend, Dream Theater, E Nomine, Ensiferum, Infected Mushroom, Kamelot, Machinae Supremacy, Opeth, Paradise Lost, Pendulum, Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Strapping Young Lad, VAST, VnV Nation, Wintersun
-- MOVIES --
Casanova, Children of Dune, Chronicles of Riddick, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Frank Herbert's Dune (Otherwise known as Dune 2000), Inception, Liar Liar, MirrorMask, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Star Wars IV - VI, The Emperor's New Groove, The Last Samurai, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Neverending Story, The Notebook, The Phantom Tollbooth, The Sword in the Stone
-- BOOKS --
Anthem (Ayn Rand), Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling), Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte), Sybil (Flora Rheta Schreiber), The Lake of Dreams (Kim Edwards), The Neverending Story (Michael Ende), The Stormlight Archive (Brandon Sanderson), Three Cups of Tea (Greg Mortenson)
I also frequent Cracked.com (http://www.cracked.com)
-- SHOWS -- If this refers to TV, I can say that these days I don't watch any particular shows religiously, but I used to be interested in some shows when I lived back in the states:
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, House MD, Jeopardy!, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Law and Order: SVU, Wheel of Fortune, Whose Line is it, Anyway?
-- ANIME --
あずまんが大王 (Azumanga Daioh), 涼宮はるひの憂鬱 (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), デスノート (Deathnote), ナナ (Nana), NEON Genesis Evangelion
-- FOOD --
Sushi, sashimi, beef, chicken, almost all fruits and vegetables, and I have a terrible sweet tooth.
Figurative: my sanity, sushi (particularly yellowtail), chapstick (original LipSmackers), Mr. Bear (my stuffed polar bear which I got for Christmas when I was 3), the night, alone time
And just to turn this around, here are six things I could very well do without: religion, footwear, summer, advertisements, indecisiveness, loud noises
~ needing to do my dishes and/or clean my room
~ you have a passion and/or understand what it means to be passionate about something
~ you have similar music interests to me
~ you like getting into deep or detailed discussions about things that interest you
~ you are a communicative and assertive person, not passive and/or passive-aggressive