Here’s the thing: making your dreams come true isn’t a speedy process. Or a painless one.
There are teary nights talking to people who are far too many miles away.
There are obstacles you would have never expected.
There are days when paying rent seems nigh on impossible.
There are moments when you want to give up. To retreat to some safer, quieter place.
There are people who will disappoint you. There are times when you disappoint yourself.
And then there are bouts of shocking good fortune that arrive out of nowhere.
There are people who make you laugh so hard that your troubles seem impossibly far away and insignificant.
There are kind strangers who give you more than you could possibly deserve.
There are moments of triumph that you hold onto and burn into your memory, amulets against some future struggle.
Truthfully, making your dreams come true takes more grit than I ever imagined. And I’m far from there yet.
Patience is both a desirable, and a necessary, quality to have. And it isn’t the easiest for me.
I want to fix things, I want answers, I want certainty in this very uncertain life that I have created for myself.
I hang tight and believe that this being comfortable with being uncomfortable malarky will grow with time. I remind myself that I have created a big, complicated life for myself because I was afraid of the alternative. And I celebrate the wonderful moments when it all seems so brilliantly clear:
The paperbacks of OUT WITH IT have arrived just in time for the launch party we’re having tonight at Booksmith in San Francisco. I can think of nothing better than celebrating with all of you. We’d love you to join us!