I'm really not so active on this site anymore, but I figured it was worth posting that I met with another RT user recently, Crazybitch13. This is significant, because I am from the United States of America, and she lives in Australia. I made a trip down to Australia to spend some time with her. I met her brother, mother, father, boyfriend, and a few of her friends. Unfortunately for me she didn't introduce me to any of her single female friends and attempt to set me up (as my coworkers were hoping) but that doesn't matter. I met her. It took 7 years, but I finally made it down to see her. It was worth the effort of getting there. She is an awesome woman and I was glad to see her. I got to do some rapier combat, the first bit of swordplay against a live opponent I've had in 6 years. I got to pet some of the native wildlife, and then ate kangaroo (ah the circle of life). I went bar hopping in a foreign city, and I closed out one of those bars.
I also got some time for personal reflection. I realized, as far as dating goes, I've been living my life in such a way to appeal to a respectable woman. It hasn't worked. Worse, it has made me unhappy. Actually, much of my life has been lived in a way to meet the standards of what is acceptable; acceptable to women, acceptable to make friends, acceptable to not rock the boat around me. And I'm quite unhappy about it. Really, I have to stop this. I just need to do me, and let everything else sort itself out. Yeah, I probably am not going to have a girlfriend and subsequently wife, but so far this hasn't worked out well anyway, so no great loss.
I'm so glad I went down there. I fought a battle go get down there, but it was totally worth it. I can honestly say of all the places I've visited since living in Michigan, Perth is the first of them where I'd actually want to live. California (both coast and desert) is not a place I'd like to live. The Philippines is a place I don't think I could live. Japan is not a place I'd like to live. I want to go back to visit again. I hope I can do so again in the future.