Kristan Hoffman - Writing Dreams Into Reality

Sun Nov 25 2012

Excerpt from a letter to my friend Angie

Turning 27 in less than a week. Wow. In a lot of ways it feels like a nothing birthday — I’m not planning anything, not earning/hitting any milestones — but at the same time, it’s another year gone by. Another step away from youth. And a step toward… what? Maybe that’s the thing. Maybe that’s why people don’t like getting older (at least in part). We don’t know what we’re walking toward.

Where in the nebulous future do my hopes and dreams lie? Am I near or far? Only way to know is to keep going.

My comfort is that, for the most part, I’m happy. Content, but not complacent. I enjoy my life, my daily routine, my home — but I’m still striving for more. Trying to find/create professional success. To contribute more to my family and household. To improve my mind, my behavior, my actions.

Maybe it’s too late to be the Taylor Swift of writing. But it’s never too late to be great.

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  1. Anthony Lee Collins says:
    Sun Nov 25 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Getting older has many wonderful aspects. And some not-so-wonderful aspects, but on the whole it’s pretty good. When I turned 30, my (then) father-in-law called me up, hoping to commiserate. He’d turned 50 not that long before and it had hit him hard. He was disappointed to find out that I was fine.

    Oh, and there aren’t really Taylor Swifts in writing. Writing is all about the long haul. In writing, in particular, it is never too late to be great. :-)

  2. Chris says:
    Mon Nov 26 2012 at 6:49 AM

    27 = 3 * 3 * 3 => a magical number, at least for someone with a minimum of numeracy (yes, there is something beyond literacy, and it is NOT numerology :-))

    Have a magical year!


  3. Kristan says:
    Tue Nov 27 2012 at 11:23 AM

    I agree that there aren’t, but I wanted to be the first! :P

    Ooo, good thought! And thanks. :)

  4. Sonje says:
    Tue Nov 27 2012 at 12:30 PM

    The Taylor Swift of writing? Hmm, I actually own a Taylor Swift song or two–and they are good fun, don’t get me wrong–but reading this excerpt from your letter (as well as many other things of yours), I’m fairly certain that you never actually wanted to be the Taylor Swift of writing. If so, you wouldn’t be writing like you do.

  5. Kristan says:
    Tue Nov 27 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Haha, well, I like her and admire her quite a bit, especially when you consider that all the songs on her first album (my fave) were written at age 13-15.

    But I appreciate your comment (which I think is a compliment…?). And maybe you’re right. Regardless of what I *think* I want, maybe what’s in my heart isn’t in line with Taylor Swift-ness. :P

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