I'm a recent transplant with a few twists.
Moving to Colorado was quite purposeful. The state tends to foster healthier people in my experience, both mind and body.
Having spent too long in places where people let themselves grow hefty and narrow minded I know just how precious it is to wander away from the couch and preconceived notions.
There is a large world out there to explore and I intend to do just that.
Catching myself in this predicament a few years ago, I resolved to Change.
I work out five times a week and it's been interesting to learn that even the incredibly fit/massive people struggle with body image, constantly comparing themselves to ideals that are sometimes unrealistic. Learning this was really important to finally getting comfortable with myself.
One fun find along the way to better health was learning many of those "Huge Dudes" in the gym tend to be quite approachable! I used to be a bit intimidated, now we just high-five and sing show tunes. (men's locker rooms are a strange place, don't ask)
While staying in shape (other than round) by working out, cooking, and sticking to a reasonable diet is important, I do have a bit of a weakness for a good burger joint. (Ask me about the Golden Q if you're comfortable with excitement mixed with mild drooling)
As for what I'm looking for...
I'm really hoping to build what my grandparents have...the quintessential couple. Imagine the classic baby-boomer parents who managed to make it through all the crazy changes in the last century and still have "it", that connection where they are still deeply in love after 50+ years.
They hold hands while they argue. It's cute.
This skipped a generation so I work hard on being the kind of person who is ready and able to give "it" to an incredibly awesome partner.
Absorbing, reflecting, and acting on everything from eastern works,
(Tao Te Ching, Hagakure, Book of Five Rings)
to modern classics,
(Seven Habits, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Think and grow Rich)
and even all those goofy little Facebook articles on how to be excellent to each other is a big part of how I try to live.
Learning how to accept people even if I disagree with them. Even if they are short.
Speaking of reading, I do tend to transform into a small child and absorb myself with comics and other fantasy works.
What many people don't realize is that comics are just the modern mythology of our day. Way back in the day there was Hercules, Aladdin, Johnny Appleseed...you name it.
Someday Star Wars, Avengers, and Batman will all sit on the same shelf. I'm just a little ahead of the curve.
I haven't had TV in years, though I do collect all the comic movies --OMG Marvel can do no wrong at this point-- and keep up with the new shows on Hulu/Netflix. (Arrow/Daredevil/Supergirl/etc)
One of my many goals is to write and publish something that works its way into the common experience, ala Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, etc. Something that entertains the eye, captivates the soul, and helps shape how future minds think about the world.
To those who make it this far and don't just drool over all my shirtless mirror selfies, feel free to type out a few lines of your own!
If you're really stuck on an opener, try this: Pancakes or Waffles?
Thanks, and good luck with your search!