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I am twenty years old, went to college for about two and a half years and then decided to try something different. Currently exploring for my purpose in life and hoping to have much fun while doing so. Meeting people makes me happy, hearing their stories, and learning new things and ideas from them. The world ticks a lot more smoothly when we humans embrace life togetherness with each other.
I am a HUGE family person and a true believer that family does not end with blood though it may begin with it. Jesus Christ is best friend and savior even though we tend to disagree on some things. If you aren't down with christianity I'm more than happy to listen to what you believe and why you believe it and why I believe what I do, if you want to know. There is always something new to learn. I think deep inside we are all connected and whatever god you do or don't believe in you are my brother or my sister. But enough of my life philosophy.
I'll sing your ear off unless you tell me to shut up (which you may have to do sometimes, I'll oblige). May not have the prettiest voice, but I own it my friend.
If you have something to teach, I'm willing to try and learn even if I'm a bit slow to start. I'm glad to show you how to sing off key on purpose, draw any creature with eyes three times the size of normal, or have your day turned completely right side up for the simple reason that bubbles exist (yes, bubbles, just try to mad with them around...try). I like to be goofy, but not shallow (there's a difference). Life is better when you allow yourself to be one of the reasons that your day is a good one. Ask me any questions, some may be hard to answer but a good conversation while sipping hot tea is one of life's most cherishable delicacies.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I found out about CS through my little sister. We both have hearts for travel because we both enjoy new experiences and new places. Personally I can't believe I didn't find out about this sooner because now I think it's the only way anyone should travel, whether you're going a hop skip jump from home or crossing oceans. People need people. CS allows you to engage in life in a much more interesting and fulfilling way than if you were to just grab a hotel for the night. It allows you to maybe step outside your comfort zone a little, to learn, to grow, and if you're lucky one day to teach.
I honestly enjoy so many things that it's hard to just mention a few. I'm willing to try a lot of things just for the heck of it cause I never know if I'll end up liking it or not.
I spent the first sixteen years of my life terrified of roller coasters. Wouldn't go near one to save my life, those things could kill you! Thanks but no thanks, you can torture me first. Today I'm racing you to be the first one in line to the coaster that's sure to leave your inhibitions up in the clouds with nothing but hope tightly strapped in the seat belt, bar over knees. I like thrill. Still working on my courage to try some things but I like scary movies and spend more time than I'm currently willing to admit on creepypasta (LOVe).
I really enjoy classical literature (guilty, I was raised with a history major father, classic lit buff for a mother, and a little sister who thinks that Mary Shelly's Frankenstein is the bible).
A new interest of mine is gauging my ears. It seems like something that wouldn't be a big enough deal to be an interest but you'd be surprised how people can get into it. I have no desire to fit coke cans through my ear lobes, but stretching is an art and has taught me patience in all things.
Music is something I would not be able to live without, I sing practically as much as I talk. Theatre is up there too, not movie theaters but the stage my friend! I loved acting as a kid and still love it when I get the chance.
People are a big interest of mine! Obviously, let the CS begin!
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Music, Movies, and Books
Music: Indie, folk, rap, it's hard to go wrong for me. However I especially enjoy music with meaningful lyrics, something deeper than the break-ups and make-ups of the top 40 on the radio (though I have my guilty pleasures...don't judge my dubstep and I won't throw up at your country).
Movies: Spiderman. Nuf said. He tops pretty much everything (Andrew Garfield may tempt the ladies with his ever so quirky boy smile and twenty first century hair duo but I'm talkin Toby Maguire here guys). I like epic movies, like LOTR (if you need those letters spelled out you need a movication that I am more than happy to give you), Die Hard, and Les Miserables (in fact pretty much any musical out there: Rent, Into the Woods, POTO LOVe). And of course any movie that will scare the ever living out of me is high on my list. Stuff like Saw is good (though my eyes may be shut for half of it) but movies like Drag me to Hell are better. Jump scares are my forte.
Books: Classic books like I said earlier, stuff like Bronte's Wuthering Heights, creepy stuff like R. L. Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I also enjoy Neil Gaiman's work, J.R.R. Tolkien's books, Christopher Paolini's Inheritance books, and nonfiction authors like Thoreau, and Donald Miller (two vastly different authors to say the very least).
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
My amazing scale isn't very high. YET! But I consider conquering fears amazing things so I'll share a story of how I did that. I've been singing my heart out ever since I was a kid. Usually in front of an audience too either at church or in a play or even just for friends or family. By the time I turned thirteen and realized you were supposed to be self conscious about every stupid thing you did I discovered that I could no longer sing in front of any formal audience. I tried to get my feet wet again at church and choked. I tried out for three different musicals and choked at every audition, having to force myself to sit down after becoming so nervous that I couldn't even utter an apology for stopping in the middle of my song.
Amazingly (hehe) enough, one of the directors gave me a part in their play. Not only that but a part with a solo. Yeah that's not gonna go over well. But oddly enough it did. I played a pretty damn good caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland the musical. I got to sit on a giant mushroom and everything! My success in that show allowed me to go through with my next opportunity to sing for a crowd which was at the theatre's award ceremony. A friend of mine and I sang For Good (a song from Wicked) and I got to play Elphaba (green make up and all). It was one of the best experiences of my life. I didn't care what the audience thought cause I was too caught up in the music. It brought me back to myself and helped me realize that my life isn't based upon what other people think of me. That moment had a big impact on my life because I communicate through music so it was pretty amazing!
Teach, Learn, Share
I'm in love with the fact that CS is about more than just finding a place to crash. It's living life fully and giving a crap about the other human beings that live on this planet. It always irritated me a little how some people were big into travel but not big into people. They would go everywhere and see everything, but I still felt like they were missing the point. There is so much beauty on this earth but it wasn't meant to be taken in alone.
I'm still pretty much a kid, but that doesn't mean I don't have things to teach or share. I'm more than happy to teach/share anything and everything that I've mentioned before or that I know along with any other quirky things I may have forgotten to mention like never stand directly under the sun in the middle of the summer for eight hours straight no matter how good a spot you have at that music festival. You will get serious sunburn, and it may cause you to miss out on one of your favorite bands...
I can also share funny stories like just because you think you can ice skate like a pro speed skater, you can't. Trust me, I've got battle scars. Yes, some of these scars might have been avoided if I'd used a little more common sense but what kind of cool stories would that create? ;)
Learning helps us grow. I'm very excited to learn anything that a host would like to teach me, listen to stories they'd like to tell of adventures they've had or lessons they've learned.
What I Can Share with Hosts
My charming personality. ;) Ha! I can share a positive perspective on life. I can share any song they'd like to hear as long as I've got five minutes or so to learn it. Or I can teach you a song and we can all sit around and sing together (happiest moment right there for me). I can share a good meal, cooking is awesome, and I like trying out new foods on people. I like to be helpful and accommodating, not trying to kiss asses to get a couch, I feel fulfilled being able to make someone else's life easier, happier, or better in any little way that I can. I can share funny stories of what it was like to grow up as a homeschooled preacher's kid. No I'm not antisocial or awkward, yes I did have to put on real clothes for school (to my utter disdain). And no I'm not crazy or insane from being "sheltered" for so long. Ask the people tied up in my basement, they'll tell you I'm perfectly normal and well adjusted...Oh and did I forget to mention that I can offer my wonderful sense of humor? I really enjoy drawing, chances are I will draw something for you before it's all over. And also I can share my willingness to learn whatever it is that you may be able to teach me. Listening is a skill I'm bound and determined to master.
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