I am friendly, open and direct, once a rapport has been established. I am communicative, dedicated, persistent, patient, pensive, empathic, and accepting of people and their ways. I mind my own and keep to myself, but am open and sharing with close friends. I don't judge people and don't put much effort into arguing or proving things to judgmental / intolerant people.
I am an "all or nothing" person, willing to risk 90% for that elusive 100%. This philosophy has defined my life, as most of the major events were a result of taking a risky "long shot" rather than settling for something less than acceptable.
I'm autodidactical, as I have not had the opportunity to return to school until recently. I prefer to do and figure things out myself, always looking to understand how things interact, how they work, how they're designed, etc.
I like being around people I can actually do stuff with. This means that I more easily befriend those whose traits are more similar to my own, such as a sense of adventure and curiosity, being phobia and anxiety free, liking the outdoors, simple approaches, etc.
I'm quite stubborn and persistent when pursuing something; I don't allow obstacles to stop me until they actually do stop me. The smallest 'things' can pique my interest and derail my attention for hours or more.. A good conversation does it every time.
I don't hold grudges and I don't get jealous. I forgive easily. I look to simplify everything and opt to live simply. I go day to day as an observer, taking notice of things that many people overlook. While my mind may always be racing, my pace in life is generally unrushed and relaxed..
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
I would hope to get to know the person throughout - their beliefs, goals, experiences, preferences and the like.. (obviously, this isn't something that would happen right away or in a meeting or two; it's merely what my interest would be, and I would be open to anything that furthers this)