The labels that help others know the surface of who I am are liberal, environmentalist, athlete, nice guy, reserved, conflicted, intelligent, graduate student, Sociologist, and romantic. Of course as soon as you label someone you put them in a box that can't possibly contain all of who they are. I am full of contradictions like everyone else. I golf even though this conflicts with my concern for the environment (most golf courses use tons of chemicals and water to make them look the way they do). I restrict my diet to be a vegetarian for moral and and ethical reasons yet I still consume dairy products (hopefully soon I will embrace the vegan lifestyle). And as much as I dislike the side of us that needs approval and acceptance from others, I find myself seeking the same from people. In the past I saw these contradictions in myself and others as signs of human weakness. Now I see them as part of the richness of what it means to be human in this uncertain world of ours.