toronto_ryan
28 Toronto, Canada
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My self-summary
People have said that I am a bit quirky and I confess, I think they're right. Alas, I don't know exactly how one would define quirkiness, but I am an unusual person - I can at least admit this much. I have a strong passion for language and culture, and I have the strange ability to recall useless facts and statistics (I definitely see value in these useless facts!) but the inability to remember what I ate for dinner last night. You can bet on one thing though - our conversations will never be boring!

I enjoy the small things in life; sitting on a patio, having a drink at the lake, enjoying a savoury dinner, and drinking dark black coffee. But at the same time, I have always been an introvert for most of my life and although this has changed as I have gotten older, I still enjoy my own autonomy and time to myself.

I am a advocate for social justice, having recently worked on the Bernie Sanders campaign in Flint, Michigan. I also volunteered for him in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. I care about indigenous rights, income inequality and ending inequity in all of its forms. But I am really quite unassuming - most people would be surprised to hear the things I have done in my life, and if they don't ask, I usually keep that list to myself.
What I’m doing with my life
I have worked in politics for the past several years, but recently I went back to school to get a certificate in HR and Labour Relations. Right now, I continue to work as a consultant in the political arena, but I am looking to begin a new career in HR some time soon.
I’m really good at
I am really good at listening and offering constructive feedback and advice. I am an intensely loyal friend who tries to find empathy for the struggles of others. What I am not good at is applying my own advice to my own life - but I think it's fair to say that this is simply a part of being human.
The first things people usually notice about me
Usually my eyes are the first thing people notice.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Shows: Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Fargo, Everybody Loves Raymond, House of Cards (both the original and the new), Sopranos, Lillyhammer

Books: Apologia Pro Vita Sua, Divine Comedy, On the Salt March, Passage to India, Peace not Apartheid, Satanic Verses, Why Nations Fail, Freakonomics, Waging Peace, Life of Pi, The Federalist, The Writings of St. Teresa of Avila, Human Rights and Religion, Brothers Karamazov
The six things I could never do without
1. Family
2. Friends
3. Internet connection
4. Laptop
5. Phone
6. Coffee
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I spend a lot of time thinking about how I am going to make an impact on this world during my life. I think my greatest fear is to die an old man without having made a difference somewhere or somehow. With our actions, each one of us has the potential to turn someone's life around. For this reason, I believe that everyday kindness should always be a top priority in life. Too often we underestimate the power of a smile, a listening ear, a kind word, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring - all of which have the ability to make someone's life a whole lot brighter.
On a typical Friday night I am
I'm usually out with the guys.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
We'll talk about that in private.
You should message me if
You should messsge me if you are honest, understanding and mature.
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