I don't believe that everybody gets one, or that they always work out for the best, or that they're likely to make you happy if you do get one. Because the world is what it is. And when I see one, I'm torn between envy and there but for the grace of god go I.
But I do believe in great romances and grand passions. I also believe in little romances, and I've seen a hell of a lot of people work their asses off on those, often with great results. And that may take more courage, at the end of the day, than living with a grand passion. And may not be any easier to live with.
Like so many other things, craft carries you through when inspiration is sipping mai tais in Fort Lauderdale.
Jed Hartman comments on The Future Shock:
Imagine you’re an 18-year-old computer gamer in Chicago, and you’re sitting around at home one evening when someone you don’t know comes to your door and says they’re from the future, and hands you a package, then leaves.
Imagine that the package contains a scrapbook all about you and your friends and family.