About me: I was born and raised in San Francisco. I've lived here for almost my entire life. A lot of people often become resentful of the place they were brought up in, and I'm no different. I badly want to move away from here so I can experience new things and meet new people, but I have a lot of obstacles in my way. I've been dealing with clinical depression ever since 2008 when my grandmother passed away, which, until recently, caused me to become very reclusive and anti-social. I started seeing a therapist about two years ago, only to find that I had issues beyond my depression that caused dealing with everyday life very difficult for me. It took me a while, but after dealing with my past and a lot of hard work, I've finally gotten to a place where I'm pretty stable emotionally. I went back to work last year, and have been working on getting into a trade school so I can begin building a career for myself. I'm not as much of a recluse as I used to be, but I still have trouble building friendships and relationships with people due to my psychological issues. Things feel like they're getting better though, and after three years of feeling stuck and lost, I finally feel like things are almost back to normal with me.
Which brings me to my journal. For me, my journal is a place where I can vent. Whenever I'm feeling particularly shitty, I often write down what I'm going through in there. But my issues aren't the only thing I post about. I also post when I'm feeling really proud of something I've done, or when something exciting has happened in my life. I also have posts that update how my life is going in general. Then there are memes I get tagged for and participate in (I seem to have a thing for those, lol), and occasionally I'll make posts about a band I like, or something new that I've gotten into, or even just some random thing that I find funny or amusing. Basically, I guess you could say that my journal is something that represents how I'm feeling at any given moment, so it's pretty varied.
Some other things about me: I love music with a passion. My favorite genres are hardcore punk, thrash, and death metal, but my tastes vary wildly. I despise most new music, though; nearly all of what I listen to was made before 1992. My favorite bands of all time are The Misfits, Black Flag, and The Accused. My main hobbies are skateboarding and playing guitar, neither of which are things that I'm very good at; I just have fun doing them. I'm basically an atheist, but I do follow the teachings of Anton LaVey, which may turn some people off. But I'm very respectful of other people's beliefs, and I'm more than happy to tolerate someone else's beliefs if they're willing to do the same with mine. I love body art, especially tattoos. I personally have five piercings, and two tattoos, with plans to get many more tats done. I recently quit smoking, sold my truck, and bought a bicycle to get around on, all of which were done with both my health and my wallet in mind. Currently, I'm doing a paid internship for a screen printing company, which I'm really happy to be participating in. Whenever there's some downtime at work, my manager teaches me the basics of screen printing, which, as a punk rocker at heart, I find to be fascinating. My favorite color is green, I like to dye my hair cool colors (right now it's half purple and half black), I love to write, I'm the oldest of four kids, I hate politics, I'm straight but I couldn't care less about another person's sexual orientation, my favorite food is tuna fish, and I always end written introductions with big long run-on sentences like this, lol.
Now I should point out, I'm pretty picky about who I add to my friend's list. I hate to come off as an elitist or a jerk or anything, but after posting in a few Add Me communities in the past, I've found that some of the things people do on LJ get on my nerves, and causes me to delete them off of my friend's list pretty quickly. I'll just say right now that I'm not interested in adding friend collectors, i.e., I won't add people who are more interested in adding to their number of friends instead of making good quality posts. And that's another thing: I'm big on the quality of people I have on my f-list, not the quantity. Which means I'm only looking for people who are good writers, have interesting things to post, or both. You can have an ordinary life and still write in a way that makes others interested in what you have to say whenever you write about it. I like reading posts where I feel what the writer is feeling. I dislike posts where it just feels like the person is running down a shopping list of random events that have occurred recently in their lives. I want details, damn it! I also dislike people who care way too much about how many comments they get. If I feel obligated to comment on every single post that someone makes, I'm not going to look forward to writing comments, am I? I don't care much about the amount of comments my posts receive (they are greatly appreciated, though), and I'd expect the people I add to not care much, either. I do comment when I feel like it, however, and when I do comment, it's usually pretty significant to whatever the source material is. Just don't hound me for comments, and we're cool.
So anyway, that's me, and that's what I want. If you think I'm someone you'd like to have as a friend, and you don't feel that you possess any of the irritating qualities that I posted about, go ahead and add me. Here's hoping we make some good LJ buddies.
EDIT: Oh yeah, and I swear a lot. And sometimes my random, offensive, grotesque sense of humor pops up in my entries. Just thought I should mention that.