ShuraBorodin
21 Chicago, United States
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My self-summary
I can tie a shoe faster than anyone you know, and I firmly believe that to be aware is to be alive.

INTP
What I’m doing with my life
I am doing what I can to live a fulfilling and meaningful life--striving for happiness, health, and self-sufficiency.

I'm currently working as a patient advocate for clients in treatment for behavioral health and substance abuse

I intend to pursue a doctorate in neuroscience or psychopharmacology and join the renaissance of research into psychedelics and entactogens.

I also do some metalwork and photography when I can find the time.
I’m really good at
Tying my shoes extraordinarily quickly.

I'm also good at parallel parking, not having a circadian rhythm, photography, cooking, and avoiding small talk
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The last few books I've read are:
Island by Aldous Huxley
The Harvard Psychedelic Club by Don Latin
The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts
The Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson

Music:
Man, its hard to choose what to put up here, but here's a long list that's fairly representative of my taste...

Portugul. The Man, Explosions in the Sky, John Frusciante, Nicolas Jaar, Alabama Shakes, Pink Floyd, TV on The Radio, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tycho, Johnny Cash, Bahamas, Modest Mouse, The Velvet Underground, Pinback, The Beatles, Sigur Ros, Odesza, Boards of Canada, The Shins, Atmosphere, Bill Frisell, Nirvana, The Doors, Emancipator, Cold War Kids, Wilco, Massive Attack, Greatful Dead, Ratatat, Tame Impala, The Pixies, The Decemberists, The xx, Bob Dylan, The Flaming Lips, Death Cab, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alt-J, Led Zeppelin
The six things I could never do without
A healthy balance of yearning and fulfillment

An open mind

Excellent friends

The physical communication of affection

Alone time

Change
I spend a lot of time thinking about
“The truth is you already know what it's like. You already know the difference between the size and speed of everything that flashes through you and the tiny inadequate bit of it all you can ever let anyone know. As though inside you is this enormous room full of what seems like everything in the whole universe at one time or another and yet the only parts that get out have to somehow squeeze out through one of those tiny keyholes you see under the knob in older doors. As if we are all trying to see each other through these tiny keyholes.

But it does have a knob, the door can open. But not in the way you think...The truth is you've already heard this. That this is what it's like. That it's what makes room for the universes inside you, all the endless inbent fractals of connection and symphonies of different voices, the infinities you can never show another soul. And you think it makes you a fraud, the tiny fraction anyone else ever sees? Of course you're a fraud, of course what people see is never you. And of course you know this, and of course you try to manage what part they see if you know it's only a part. Who wouldn't? It's called free will, Sherlock. But at the same time it's why it feels so good to break down and cry in front of others, or to laugh, or speak in tongues, or chant in Bengali--it's not English anymore, it's not getting squeezed through any hole.

So cry all you want, I won't tell anybody.”

― David Foster Wallace, Oblivion
On a typical Friday night I am
Feeling both smug after winning bets involving how quickly I can tie my shoes
You should message me if
You'd like to discuss the potential ramifications of sharing fortune cookies

You like people who are radically honest and straightforward

You want to have a conversation that you don't think either of us may have had before

You would like to challenge me to a shoe tying contest

You want bonus points for messaging me first
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