I'm not perfect, but I try my hardest to be the best person I know how to be.
I just got back from a mini vacation at Turkey Run State Park, which I'm convinced is the most beautiful part of the entire state I've ever seen, and I'm feeling pretty refreshed at the moment, despite my body needing recovery this weekend lol.
The feeling I got of returning to nature and just soaking in all its immense beauty was just spectacular.
I refused to let the bad parts of the experience interfere with my pursuit of happiness, and I had some of the most amazing, interesting, and touching interactions with people there that touched me on a level that renewed my faith in human nature.
This vacation also happened in the middle of a 21-day exercise I'm trying out that focuses on happiness. It was inspired by a TED video called, "Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work", which I dare say has changed my life on some level, so it's definitely worth looking into.
Anyway, I suppose all that is to say that I'm in a good place right now.
With this new outlook, I figured it was only appropriate to rewrite this part of myself and to represent myself with more humble gratitude for life.
I'm only human, and I have faults to overcome, just as I'm sure you do too, but I'm here looking for more human interaction.
I'm looking forward to meeting more people who want to spend a little bit of life in sharing their experiences with me and maybe even making the world it a little bit more awesome together.
Either way though, I've turned a new page, and I'm working at striking a balance between preparing myself for the next chapter in life and also focusing on being happy in the here and now. As the saying goes, if happiness is always on the other side of success, we'll never get there.
I'd eventually like to move someplace warmer, like Florida or California, but for now, Indy is my home and for the most part, it has treated me well. The company I work for may well agree to transfer me to Florida in the future though, so I look forward to that as well.
Movies are the stories of our lives and our imaginations, and are far too numerous to be picking favorites. (A cop-out, probably, but I'm still trying to keep some semblance of brevity. Talk to me about what movies you've enjoyed recently, and I'm sure we'll hit it off swimmingly.)
Music is an amazing universal language which is an equally huge part of who I am (and most all of us are). I could probably talk for hours on end about music, so here's another great topic for conversation.
Food is one of those amazing and beautiful, yet complicated parts of life that has been somewhat in transition for me. I currently consider myself a part-time vegetarian, and I've improved my health so much in that area, I'm proud to say I've lost 30lbs or so in the last year. I welcome any conversation about that as well, as it's something I'm passionate about.
I've decided to take it to the next level recently and start this 'Insanity' cardio workout that some other people at work are doing along with me. So by introducing exercise into the equation, I'm looking forward to improving my physique even more and just sorta working on me for the sake of growing and becoming better.
Having pride in what you've already accomplished is a great motivator to do even more, and it's great having that momentum.
*Music - Can you imagine how dull life would be without music?
*Hope - If you have no hope in life, you have no life.
*Happiness - If you can't enjoy life, what's the point in living it?
I used to have money on this list simply because it seemed like it was the equity of work, but money isn't the only equity of work and in fact, self-satisfaction doesn't at all necessitate money being involved. And I don't need a ton of money to be happy anyway. As long as I have enough to cover the essentials, crazy weekends, and some tech toys, I'll be happy.
That's not to say I'm ready to settle down per se, as I'm actually crazy enough to consider being a single parent, and even if I were to find the love of my life, I don't see why I can't have my cake and eat it too (have a kid and not be resigned to a life of changing diapers and never going anywhere or doing anything).