Just as soon as I swear off online dating and make fun of those who actually invest money in it, here I stand: the world's biggest hypocrite.
As I "mature" (questionable) I have learned that I don't have the energy or will to act like anything other than what I am and in spite of my gypsy soul, I like to think I have a strong sense of self. With that said, some inherent traits that can probably make a person love me or turn their nose up at me are my competitiveness, my bluntness, and my wishy-washiness (I like to think this stems from my ability to see things through other people's eyes). My favorite things to spend my (arguably) hard-earned money on are concerts and vacations. I enjoy pretty much anything active/outdoorsy; get my workouts from rock-climbing, biking, running... pretty much anything but going to the gym. I am very laid-back and don't get too worked up over much, except perhaps general rudeness (like people who don't give a thank-you wave when you let them merge, bastards), people who should know better, liars and bigotry. I'm not in love with my job, but do enjoy the constant journey of figuring out what I should be doing with my life. I'm introspective, loyal, independent and honest, among other things.
I'm looking for someone with a quiet confidence, who doesn't need to constantly remind everyone about how awesome he is, because it is exuded in his day-to-day actions (like sacrificing fun plans to help a friend or picking up a piece of trash when no one is looking). I'm after someone who is quick-witted, athletic, with an irreverent sense of humor, a curious mind and a strong character. If you're a know-it-all or too pious in your viewpoints, that could be a problem... I enjoy philosophizing and looking at different angles of situations. I like a guy who isn't afraid to make fun of himself or put it out there for a girl he likes. Chemistry is important to me, but I find that usually stems more from charm and personality (or lack thereof) that can't be compensated by killer looks alone.
Overall, I'm looking for a partner-in-crime who isn't there to fix me or teach me life lessons, but to support me and occasionally remind me that life doesn't need to be taken so seriously. And for you I would do the same.