Hi. My name is Arnel and for me, life is about living in the now, and I find passion in taking advantage of the vast opportunity every day presents. I strive to appreciate each moment without burdening it with future worries or past regrets. Part of living in the moment is embracing the learning that takes place in that adventure. With that I’ve also come to understand what is truly important, and it’s focusing on these things that bring the most meaning and joy to my life.
I typically spend my leisure time finding limits for myself and thinking of ways to overcome them. It’s something I do in all areas of my life. Admittedly, I am an infomercial junkie, particularly the exercise ones. They suck me in every time! You know how some people do fad diets? I do fad exercise programs. So if I am not trying Beachbody's latest program, I stick a half marathon here in there just to add a little excitement. I have to exercise to compensate for my love of The Cheesecake Factory's red velvet cake, Costco's pumpkin pie and Boba Loca's kiwi slush. Down time is usually spent seeing the latest action, sci-fi or comedy movie or vegging out with audio books.
I’m a huge fan of audio books. I just finished Ender's Game series. The central discovery the young hero makes is startling and thought-provoking. Loved it.
Outside of my parents, the most influential person in my life is Sister Euphemia, my US History teacher in high school. She taught me the value of being prepared and how to read between the lines. She was also instrumental in teaching me that no matter what effort I have already exerted, I am still capable of more. I have to admit, she was a little scary too!
As far as first impressions, my presence seems to put others at ease and people are immediately comfortable talking with me about their personal life-experiences. I’m a great listener and think people can tell pretty quickly that I’m a genuine and kind guy.
Now sometimes people think that just because I’m sitting back in a roomful of strangers that I'm disinterested or shy. That’s not it at all. I simply like to make observations and get the full picture before interacting.
Regarding my search...
There are several things I look for in a person, but if I could only choose one it would be to understand and appreciate that I am very family centered. My parents' needs are important to me and we are very close. I also have a large extended family that is a big part of my life, so I would want to be with someone who fit nicely into my family dynamic.
Although the experience of online dating can be difficult and painstaking, I'm open to the process if it means finding someone I’m truly meant to be with. I’ve convinced myself it will definitely be worth it!