The one thing I am passionate about...
I am passionate about giving. My philosophy is that we lose nothing from giving, really, if what you give is honest and true... when I hold it back, that is when I feel the worst. When I am able to share it with people, I feel lighter, more free, and content. This is one reason I so love working with kids-- it is so easy to have fun and be genuinely joyful with them, and they so easily take it and give it back without conditions.
I typically spend my leisure time
I like to rest, relax, read, hang out casually with friends, go to movies, be in nature, be with people I love. Anything that will "refuel me." (and using way too many parentheses and "quotes" in my emails)
The most influential person in my life has been
Besides a sense of humor? Friend or "more": the ability to stick with me even when the going gets tough, as I would with them. Life isn't perfect, and I tend to be very loyal and supportive of those I love. Even if a romance or forever is not in the cards, caring means not disappearing completely and not giving up on a person just because they don't fit in the perfect spot you want them to. I remain, in some way, connected to all I have loved (friends, family, more) and I hope to find a person who has the same committment, once (after months, years whatever) the committment to caring is made, as friends if "nothing" else.
The first thing people notice about me
That I am pretty content... and (usually) that I am smiling.
The last book I read and enjoyed
I read "Running with Scissors" and "Dry" by Augusten Burroughs. Dry and darkly funny autobiography series. This guy has been through the craziest *^% and yet here he is, hilarious and brilliant. Fits my personality about surviving really crazy things (like growing up, basically) and being able to laugh at yourself while still feeling proud of what you've been able to do "despite the odds."
The three things which I am most thankful for
- The people in my life who love me as I am. My family, my friends -- those who don't care if it's a bad hair or bad mood day... they see me for who I am and love me as deeply and unconditionally as I love them.
- The scholarship that has allowed me to earn my graduate degree and work in the field that I've always wanted to.
- Laughter. W.H. Auden: "in those whom I LIKE, I can find no common denominator; in those whom I LOVE I can: they all make me laugh!"
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
That I can have hard days as much as the next person. I tend to try not to burden people with my problems, but sometimes that backfires and people then believe I never HAVE any problems. Then they are disappointed when they find out I am human. I'm trying to get better at casually sharing my hard days -- in fact, realizing this makes relationships stronger.
Friends Describe me as
Hard Working, Kind, Loyal, Passionate
A little more about me
My mom said when I was little that the most important thing I could do in my life is "surround myself with good people." I strive to do just this. My defition of good is just that -- good: kind, loving, compassionate, accepting (even if it is not at first obvious). I think too many people are afraid to share their "goodness" because it might be rejected and that feeling truly sucks. But... the risk is worth it because like finds like. (oh, and my sense of humor is really better than this whole question and answer thing shows... just figured it's better to be real rather than sarcastic and dry... that's for later :)