Exercise, music, and laughing are my outlets. No matter how hectic or strange life gets, one or a combination of these always brings me back to center.
I’ve found that swimming laps allows my mind to wonder; the sound beneath the surface is muted and the rote memory of the stroke takes over causing a total sense of detachment from the rest of the world. I hear it’s also good for my health.
With so many genres of music, I can always find something befitting my emotional state. I think what I love most about music is its propensity for changing one’s perspective. If I’m feeling down or stressed, the right music turns that frown upside down.
I think it’s a gift to be able to find the good/humor in any situation even if it’s just telling one’s self, “boy am I glad to be done with that!” I have to admit a bias for wanting to surround myself with people who see the proverbial glass as half full as opposed to half empty.
I think a day is well spent by having experiences (some new and some familiar). When I’m not working, I like to break the monotony by getting out and doing something. While I can do this on my own (and enjoy being on my own on occasion), I believe it’s so much more rewarding to share the experience with someone. Isn’t that why you’re reading this profile?
I don’t know how important it is to have a lot of interests in common with a person (not to be confused with sharing values). I’ve learned so much from the people who have come into my life; so many of the interests I’ve listed are a result of their friendship and influence. I want to believe that meeting someone online can be just as rewarding as those found in my everyday interactions.
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
I can’t define chemistry, because if I could, I would write a book and travel and do interviews etc… All I know is that it's important and you can usually tell whether it’s there by the end of your first encounter. Part of me believes something low key like meeting for lunch or coffee is the best route because, if chemistry is lacking, neither individual’s time has been wasted. However, I always seem to be more at ease and natural when I’m doing something active. Bottom line, I guess it would depend on the weather.