Do You? - 26 (Wilmington)
age : 26
Do you show compassion? Do you genuinely care about the people in your life, or do you just say that you do and convince yourself it's true? Do you really love animals, or do you just say it because some dating site asked you? Do dogs or cats or lizards or insects or any combination of those or other animals make you genuinely smile when you see them? I don't suspect a lot of girls would say yes about insects. Personally, I don't care too much for insects either, but I have compassion enough for ALL life that I would never hurt so much as a bug. Do you tell yourself that if you won the lottery you would spend millions and millions on micro aid in Sub-Saharan Africa... And mean it? (This is not a discussion on the micro approach versus the macro approach of aid). Or do you steam and vent about not being able to buy expensive perfumes, cars, houses and material things because you haven't yet won the lottery?
Can you laugh at yourself? Can you really laugh at yourself? Can you look back at past failures and make light of them? Can you tell yourself that everything you've ever done has lead you to this point in life and laugh? Or are you full of contempt and regret for things that you've gone through? Because life is too short for me to spend my time with people still anchored to their past failures, mistakes, problems or disappointments.
Can you find a silver lining in everything? Can you look at a broken plan and say to yourself, "Well, I guess I can relax for a little bit now." Is a break up a tragedy or a wrong turn towards the path of the one you were meant for, the one that was meant for you? By that same token, can you go from relaxing a little bit to accepting a wonderful opportunity, such as an impromptu game of hide and seek with friends?
Do you know where the off button on your phone is when out with friends or a romantic interest, or does your life revolve around your text tone and responding? Do you know how to have an intimate moment with somebody, intimate purely in its definition and not purely romantically intimate? Or has every moment of your life for the past five years had to deal with the occasional sound of your phone going off? Can you remove yourself from Facebook long enough to go out and experience nature, or is there an unbearably strong suction cup attached at both ends to your face and your computer?
Hand in hand with that last question, can you still connect with your inner child, or has it long since grown old? Can you accept a sudden game of tag on a dreary day? Do you look at a tennis court with no racquets and no basketball hoop with a basketball as a missed opportunity, or do you see it as an opportunity to make a new game up on the fly?
Do you have a constant yearning for knowledge, a hunger to learn, an insatiable curiosity for every topic from geography to sociology, geology to astrology, zoology to another -gy? But really, forget geometry. Because that's hard. (Kidding).
Do you define a date by a monetary amount or by the clothes you wore? Or the clothes I wore? Or do you define a date by the memories you made? Can an hour long conversation on a free park's swingset be as meaningful and memory as an expensive restaurant culminating with a brand new conflict-diamond necklace? Does every kiss begin with Kay's Jewelry, or does it begin with love? Is true love happiness in a mansion? No. You don't believe any of these things. None of these things define you.
These are the things I wonder early in the morning These are the things I wonder. I do not simultaneously wonder whether or not I'll ever find the one that was meant for me, the one that I was meant for. Instead, I wonder those things while wondering when I will find her, and when she will find me. I wonder how I will find her as well. Will it be from her responding to this ad? Will I find her while I'm on a walk? Will she find me while I'm at work? Will I find her at a concert? Will she find me in the produce section of the nearest grocery store? Will we have a funny story of how we met? Will we have to lie about how we met and say we didn't meet through Craigslist? Or will we eventually not care how we met, because meeting will have been the first step of a beautiful journey?
These are the things I wonder. These are the things I want to know. I do not wonder what your favorite song is, I do not wonder who your favorite actress is. I wonder the things I just finished mentioning, and I want to know if I'm the only one. Am I? Or are you there, early in the morning or some time later, wondering about me?
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