First, I am the father of 3 wonderful daughters, ages 9, 12 and 15. Our family also includes a Golden Retriever. I really enjoy being their father. If you're a parent you understand this. if you're also a parent you understand that it requires some commitment, but that said my time sharing the children with their mother allows quite a bit of free time for developing a relationship and spending fun times with someone special.
I'm a positive person, an “every cloud has a silver lining” sort, patient (children teach you that, you know that if you have children!), I probably tend to be a bit analytical if presented with a challenge am modest and self deprecating and have a good sense of humour and like to laugh. I'm well educated, but also a life long learner and think I'm intelligent and easy going, I try not to judge, I like to laugh, find life interesting and amusing and know how fortunate I am to have experienced what I have in life. I'm creative (handy with my hands - I build things) and adventurous (travel, trying new things) and I believe balance in life is important.
It's important for me to be in good physical shape, I play hockey and go to the gym regularily (if you go to the gym maybe we can exercise a bit together) and dabble in a variety of other sports. I enjoy the outdoors, cottaging, bicycling, scuba diving, tennis, water skiing, riding my motorcycle (it feels like my horse and I'm galloping through traffic), camping, movies, walks along the lake shore and I love to travel, often straying off the beaten path (I didn't start with the objective of 'keeping score', but last count I've had the fortune to work or travel in 76 different countries and have experienced some great and the occasional intriguing adventures). I'm mindful of our impact on the environment and believe we all have a part in minimizing our impact where we can.
I volunteer and coach a couple of my daughter's hockey teams as part of my contribution to the community AND it simply makes me feel good assisting, I once did 1 1/2 years volunteer work in Costa Rica and the Cdn Arctic in remote communities doing various projects (built a community cliinic, a bridge, community centre, schools) and consider it among one of the best experiences of my life! Yeah, I keep busy, but isn't that how you get the most out of life, by experiencing it? Would you respect me if I spent time watching tv or on internet dating sites waiting to meet 'that woman who would change my life"? If I didn't have my girls at their current ages I'd likely be off somewhere on an adventure - Latin America, Southesast Asia, Australia, somewhere in the Pacific, maybe Africa (although I increasingly find it less and less safe there and I've been there before).
If you'd describe yourself as someone who likes to be active, but can also take it easy, share dinner together, relax and watch a movie I think we'd get along great! You'd also hopefully value personal fitness (it's simple to me, you limit yourself in what you can do if you're not in sufficient shape to enjoy doing it) be intelligent and educated, and above all, simply nice (being nice is ... well ... I think about the nicest attribute anyone can have). You have a warm and pretty smile that you hopefully show freely and often, a good sense of humour and you like to laugh but also are insightful enough to ponder life's meaning from time to time and share these reflections. You'd likely share my inquisitive sense and, like me, were somewhat adventurous and had some creative juices (whatever the form of creativity), you are reflective and self realized (you're self confident, yet eager to continue to grow). Hoping, in seeking a relationship, you're looking for a partnership of equals where we share and work together using our respective strengths to our combined benefit.
So, what do you think? Do a few of the things I describe as my passions resonate with you? If you agree and if some of these might also describe you then I think we have some great chemistry and I hope you'll consider saying hello, or responding to my hello.
I wish you all the best in your search! Here's a little piece I read and always keep in mind in that regard: "Happiness (and love) is like a butterfly, the more you chase it the more it will elude you, but if you sit back, relax, or turn your attention to other things it will come and softly sit on your shoulder". I like that idea.
Probably best to keep it simple, low key. Maybe something like I pick you up in a chartered helicopter, we soar over Niagara Falls before landing on a roof top to gain access to a private dining room where Sting is giving us a private concert.
Oh! Too much like an episode of the Bachelor?
Okay, how about a drink at a convenient location and a nice walk and further chatting afterwards (I'll hold the helicopter until the second date)?