As I consider writing something for this section I think back to past relationships that were good and I find the anchor to these relationships was we began with simple friendship based on common interests and activities. Simple, right?
So, here are some things I'm passionate about and some characteristics that describe me and what I am attracted to in others. I hope this assists in our gaining a sense of compatibility.
First, I am the father of 3 wonderful daughters, ages 9, 12 and 15. Our family also includes a Golden Retriever. It's great being their father (even the dog's - he's a good boy!) all the hugs and kisses (even the dog's kisses - ha, ha!), playing with them, sharing with them, listening to them, trying to guide them. Of course it’s also a lot of work, but that said my time sharing the children with their mother allows free time for developing a relationship and spending fun times with someone special. If you're a single parent you likely get this.
I'm a positive person, an “every cloud has a silver lining” sort, patient (children teach you that!), tend to be analytical and I'm pretty modest and self deprecating. I'm pretty well educated 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 (if you were someone who is a Goodlife member maybe there's some fitness time we could share together). I like 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've never been on a cruise and from what I've heard and seen in towns where the cruise ships dock, I don't know if I ever will, unless it's a cruise to some place you can't get to except by cruise (Alaskan coast, something like that). 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 (cliinic, built a bridge, schools), among 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 - and I've been there before).
So, so far you're thinking "This guy is great!" Ha, ha! Okay, well I know I'm not perfect. For example, I know on occasion I can be a bit of a doddler, or I just can't seem to herd the three rabbits (my daughters) in the time I allocated (I get a couple going and one has stopped to nibble grass, then I get her focused and one of the other ones has now stopped to nibble grass), but if I'm late it's infrequent and I'll call to let you know I'm on my way. I, of course, am very forgiving of your being late.
If you'd describe yourself as someone who likes to be active and do stuff, 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). I'd hope 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 with me. 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? Please note, fitness minded and active are pretty important to me as these are some important lifestyle decisions I've followed for some time and are pretty unwavering. I'd think the characteristics I describe of myself and hope to share with you aren't too extreme, or unusual. If you agree and if these also describe you then I think we have some chemistry. If you think so, please say hello.
Ugh! Okay, I don't like to say this, but two little thing I feel I should communicate. I'll get greetings where women have written "Hi", or "Hey there" and that's it! Am I supposed to reply? Do I write "Hi" in return? If you think you see something in my profile that's of interest and you're thinking to say hello, please consider striking-up a conversation. I find "Hi" or "Hey there" so vague and I'll likely not respond. Sorry! Also, I find long distance to be really challenging, I wish it weren't and that love can conquer such a small thing. I believe it probably can, BUT, it's getting through the dating period and the distance that's the challenge and if we both had unlimited free time and travel didn't mean rush hour, well perhaps, but that's not the reality and so please be in the 416 - 647 area code.
I wish you all the best in your search! I know if you stick it out you'll find your mate!