I can tell you what I’m looking for… Not a woman who is exactly like me, but one who is open to discovering with me and has that sense of adventure.
I’m not sure that I have been approximating what a well-lived life is, because sometimes I am not balanced, so I’d rather reflect on I what everyone seems to say these days, “Put it out into the universe,” which I think comes from that somewhat Eastern movement on the law of attraction and what one is interested in for focus. So, at least for today, I will write about what I value.
I love being outside and feeling the sun on my skin. I love the way that water sounds when it is unsettled either from the tide or when it is disturbed by a motor and laps against an embankment. The sound of water creates pause in my whole being. I also like the noise that water makes when it is rushing when the table in a river is up. When you begin a summit there is water around typically and I love knowing that growth is implicit in my surroundings.
Being on top of a mountain and feeling the wind cover your body while you look literally at the world makes you feel small and like you don’t really have a single problem. When you come down and laugh full of natural endocannabinoids from your summit and have a burger and a beer, you have never felt so happy. Snowshoeing up to a glacier lake and working your legs give me a whole feeling too, and again, I love afterward to share a meal with someone who I love and can laugh with about anything.
I love to cook when I come home, and if my day has been awful, I also open a beer and drink while I prepare a meal. I love to throw dinner parties and hear my friends laughing in my kitchen and enjoy pieces of their conversations. Music is my soundtrack and I break out into song with good friends or make references to song lyrics all the time. I want to get back into practicing guitar and can’t wait until my son picks up an instrument! He is dancing now, and although I can’t, I love to watch him dance because his energy takes on a life of its own and he is expressing himself. In a woman, I find dancing sensual and appealing because you can see things in her that you didn’t see before, and I love novelty.
Adventure is critical for me, and it can be simple adventures like the good memory that I have holding hands crunching through the snow and then naked hot tubing under the stars–it’s like a pleasant surprise to have romantic things like that just unfold naturally, and is the ultimate expression of one’s chemistry with another person. Organic flow is what I really mean when I think of adventure. I love to travel and see new places. I love meals that are well prepared and looking at art. It would be really cool to see a new city and rent a bike and race around on it to discover tons of it quickly and then be able go back on foot holding a woman’s hand and feel the air on our faces while we look over the scenery that we took in quickly and now want to take in more fully, and at a slower rate. It could be a preview from the bike with a return on foot because walking and hiking are somethings that I also value.
I taught myself how to ride a bike when I was eight, and I still feel youthful when I ride my pos Mt Bike down the street, around trails or on a singletrack. I can race it as hard as I want or just glide down hills. I love the wind rushing on my face and going for hours. I feel strong and alive when I watch the clouds and the afternoon wane on while I’m on my bike. I am sooooo looking forward to my new road bike. I can’t wait to take her on her virgin ride and see a sunrise on her.
Quality of light is important for me too. The moon casts a beautiful sheen across lakes, and the angle of the sun on a woman’s face at different times of day shows her beauty outdoors. Seems that I value being outside, using my body, cooking and eating, and connecting and laughing–all of these things are made better if you share them with a beautiful woman. I think that I do attract these things, so I must be lucky.
When I think of my son, I value that he is thriving, feeling well, and learning a lot. Love of nature, being well and whole, and learning as much as he can from mentors should be his focus until he is ready to leave our house. When one is balanced, he can give unto others, which is probably the only “Christian” value that makes sense to me. In addition to being glad that he is enjoying sports, getting excellent grades in music, I am most grateful that he is regarded as the most kind and appreciative of diversity by his current teacher. I hope that if I am lucky enough to add children to our family with a partner, and that this virtual child is able to feel well, be outside, learn and truly share.
I’m thinking that these desires and wants are what I value most, and my partner could make it more powerful and teach me things that I don’t know yet. I’m prone to fantasy, but it is not just an escape for me, but rather I tend to think of it as what I see in my mind’s eye as a possible future. When I imagine this partner, in one fantasy, I am outside with her and we are having one night away. It wouldn’t have to occur much, but I would value it when it did. She and I could maybe have a meal on a deck near loud rushing water when the table is up and have to sit very close together so that we would be able to hear each other and then we could hold hands while the sun sets. She’d make me laugh a lot and I would be taken in completely by her eyes. We could leave the doors to the deck open so when we made love you could hear that deafening roar of the water in the bg.
That kind of connection while in nature is important to me and my sense of meaning, as is going back to our kids and enjoying them after we had a night away like this one, because I think that meaning too, comes from raising a family together and meeting the challenges of parenting together as a concerted team (as co-parent that is my more pragmatic side, but is equally important for my shared meaning that I hope to have). Life is like rushing water, but your partner can hold your hand, be by your side, or simply look into your eyes and you know you are together. My sense of meaning comes from the knowledge that although independent, I am not alone.