34Richmond, United States
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My self-summary
I’m friendly but a bit introverted. The past few years I have focused on my career and dating hasn't been much of priority... but I'm changing that now. My childhood turned me into a pretty autonomous person. The big benefit there being that I took ownership of my education/career and that part of my life has gone very well. I'm exceptionally talented and have lots of interests and curiosity to spare.

While I'm relatively content doing my own thing, now I want to meet someone I can spend time with. The world is interesting and could go in so many directions. I want to share my life with someone who feels the same way and is looking forward to the adventure.

I'm wrapping up a year-long break from work and I'm rejoining the work force. It's also time I make relationships a priority. I'm happy and open to friendships but I'm hoping for more.

Life isn't about work, it's about spending time with people you enjoy. Money is a good enabler but chasing the dollar is not a sustainable path to happiness.
What I’m doing with my life
My new priority is having a social life and working towards a meaningful, intimate relationship. Work is fulfilling and rewarding but it's not what life is really about.

About a year ago, I bought a sailboat and then the place I work had some lay offs shortly after. I turned that opportunity into a much-needed break from work life. I learned how to sail and attempted to sail to Hawaii. In a couple years after I upgrade the boat and make it more robust, I'm planning on making it there and living there on my boat for a while.

At this point, I've burned through my savings so its time to go back to work... which I'm looking forward to in some sense. I'm a mechanical / robotics engineer and I have the privilege of having options in where I work. I've been lucky enough to work in a field I truly enjoy and I've had the privilege of working at some amazing companies.
I’m really good at
many things - particularly within the working world - mechanical design, robotics, fixing, building, virtually anything to do with computers, photography, graphic design, traveling, sailing, handling difficult situations... blah blah blah. I have a website if you're curious.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm relatively calm and patient. I'm smart enough to know that I don't know much. I'm complex and hard to understand in some ways. I like the journey more than the destination. Even though I'm talented, I eagerly admit my inabilities and appreciate the fact that complete mastery is impossible.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books - almost exclusively non-fiction. I'm a curious person and I try to understand myself and the world. I have strong social and political concerns.

Movies - Documentaries! Movies with a little depth and complexity. Most movies are annoyingly predictable and formulaic.

Shows - The Simpsons (possibly the best show ever), Game of Thrones, HBO / Showtime shows by people like David Milch.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How other people think. The purpose of life. Continued learning and development. The complexities and uncertainties of life. How no one really knows anything.

Most of my life I've been inside my own head but it's easier to understand other people rather than yourself and I'm moving externally now. Understanding other people helps you understand yourself.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't think this should be private... I'm more than willing to admit my weaknesses. Understanding your strengths and weakness is a necessary part of learning and development. It seems most people are afraid or ashamed of their weaknesses. Intelligence and skill are not fixed, they are something you work on. Some people seem to think that intelligence is finite and allowing someone to see your limits is a mistake - I think we need to be less judgmental about our limits and just put effort into developing ourselves. I'm almost proud of my weaknesses and I'm happy to talk about them.
You should message me if
-you are considerate and aware of other people and issues beyond yourself
-you enjoy the simple things AND the complexities of life
-you'd like to come sailing
-you want to grow
-you want to do something that matters and make the world a better place
The two of us