I Am


"Dear Mr. Vernon:
We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it is we did wrong. But we think you're crazy for making us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us: in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain. And an athlete. A basket case. A princess. And a criminal. Does that answer your question?
Sincerely yours,
The Breakfast Club.

Dear Reader: 


Before I begin, let me just clarify, I did not sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention in order to fathom who I think I am. However, I do agree it’s crazy to try and answer this question. No matter what I say, you’ll see me as you want to see me, “in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions.” Truth is, I’m a little bit of everything (excluding things like a basket case and criminal, of course); and every day I unveil new things about myself that surprise even me. And although I think it’s impossible to sum up who I am, I’ll give it a shot.

I’m a brain. And an athlete. I’ll admit, I have my princess moments on occasion… I’m a writer. An explorer. A go-getter. And a goofball. I’m a dreamer. A creative. A hopeless romantic. And an optimist (sometimes to a fault…).

I’m in love with places I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met. Taking leaps. Singing at the top of my lungs no matter how terrible I sound. And collecting life’s perfect little moments. My heroes are my family and friends. People who smile when it’s raining. Grandparents who still hold hands. And people who chase their dreams. I believe in miracles. In love. That music, writing, and laughter are the best medicine. And that everything happens for a reason. I love trying new things. Meeting new people. Traveling. Sunsets. Sunrises (when I’m actually up that early). Curling up on the couch with a glass of wine or a hot cup of tea in hand. Stargazing. Putting down the map and getting beautifully (and sometimes not-so-beautifully) lost.

I love the feeling of warm sand between my toes. Flying down a ski slope and feeling absolutely invincible. And seeing how differently the world appears with a camera or pen in my hand. I enjoy books I can’t put down. Movies that blow my mind. Eating sushi (lots and lots of sushi). And vista points that appear to look over the entire world. I try to live in the present. To trust in how the Universe unfolds. And to express gratitude each and every day.

Does that answer your question?

Sincerely yours,

Kristy Gustafson