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It is not length of life, but depth of life.
I'm a quite, friendly soul who can talk to just about anyone I run into at the local coffee house. But that doesn't mean I will. I usually keep to myself. I'm sort of an intellectual wanna be. I like to think about life and talk about ethics. I appreciate the finer things, but try not to put too much emphasis on them. I'm not a partier.
To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded.
I've been thinking a lot lately about my life, what kind of person I am and what kind I WANT to be.
Recently I came across this phrase - joie de vivre. I thought it was just "joy of life", but there is more to it. And as I read more about it I became intrigued.
I know and have known people that possess joie de vivre. I think I've been attracted to those kinds of people and a little jealous at the same time. I’m envious of their ability to live within their skin, to be comfortable with who they are, to not care what others think.
I want to be free like that. I want to live beyond a life that seems so artificial (pointless career, strip malls, cell phones, wal-mart, britney-paris-lindsey, used car lots, television, hollywood). I'm still trying to figure out what all that means. This is but one step in that direction.
What is joie de vivre? It can be a joy of conversation, joy of eating, joy of anything one might do. Joie de vivre may be seen as a joy of everything, a comprehensive joy, a philosophy of life, a life that is spontaneous, carefree, authentic, whole, deep, varied, surrendered and adequate.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Just getting started.
I enjoy running, hiking, biking and disc golf. I know quite a bit about coffee and wine. I'm a lover of academia: I like research, SPSS, writing papers and teaching. I work with local teens, doing service projects. New technology facinates me.
Music, Movies, and Books
Currently reading "Into the Wild" by J Krakauer. I just finished Silas Marner by George Eliot.
I have an eclectic taste in music. I have hundreds of cds and my iTunes runneth over. Most of my collection is Jazz (both old and new). I like everything from Rob Thomas to Josh Groban. I like 70s folk rock like Neil Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. I like country music and some dance pop (however I don't like to admit it). I really don't like most heavy metal or rap.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Hmmm, let's see. I've enjoyed a pretty sheltered life, but for me there have been a couple of amazing life experiences I can share. I jumped off a cliff one time that was so high I could say the entire alphabet before hitting the water below. I sat in a papal audience with Pope John Paul II at St. Peter's while visiting Rome. Oh, and I was at the World Series game when the Atlanta Braves won in 1995.
Teach, Learn, Share
We are, finally, all wanderers in search of knowledge. Most of us hold the dream of becoming something better than we are, something larger, richer, in some way more important to the world and ourselves. Too often, the way taken is the wrong way, with too much emphasis on what we want to have, rather than what we wish to become.
Louis L'Amour, Education of a Wandering Man
Countries I’ve Visited
Italy, Mexico, United States, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In