I was born in 1956. I'm single, without dependents. In the 80s I started to read about the world. The book that really started things rolling for me was Noam Chomsky's "Deterring Democracy." I highly recommend it. In fact, I'd say it's among a handful of books that I would recommend that together would tell you just about all you need to know about the world.
I am progressive, but there are some positions the Left takes that I don't agree with. I don't agree with abortion except for medical reasons. I do agree with family planning (contraceptives for example). I worship Jehovah, but I'm not a Jehovah's Witness. I certainly don't join with the world, Right and Left, in using God. I worship him. Therefore I respect him.
There's a Left and a far Left. All politics is moving to the Right, just as bullies (like Israel) over time gain more supporters than opponents. It's easier to support the bully than it is to support his victims, which could make you one. Anyway, I'm against imperialism, colonialism and very against settler colonialism (in which the colonizers actually move into your territory and expel/exterminate you). I'm against neoliberal, or ripe, capitalism, whose central feature is inequality. And I'm against fake Leftists like Obama, like Canada's NDP and even like Bernie Sanders, who won't oppose imperial armies and the military/intelligence industrial complex profitting from slaughter and destruction.
I'm a coffee geek. I live in Toronto. Activists and writers, on the Left, who want to contact me for coffee in town should do so. I know my town and it's my playground. There's a contact form on the front page of my blog.