I believe in fairy tales. Not that life can be picture perfect, because that's just not realistic, but I honestly believe that everyone in life is granted one wish. It might be something small like a thousand nights curled up with your favorite pet, or something big like True Love. Your dream house. A wildly successful career. Fame and Fortune. A childhood dream realized and grabbed with both hands. I believe it's possible for humans to have this. And sometimes, when we're really lucky, we get more than one.
Life is very often the polar opposite of pretty; it's easy to only focus on the bad. The war, death, destruction, plague, economy. It's easy to be lost in the swirling vortex of depression. But I think it's important to hold onto those good things. And if you don't have them now, find one, and jump into it with arms outstretched.
I write stories about people. They have good days and bad. There is birth and death and tragedy and love. Nothing is simple. But nothing in life is simple either. It's complicated. No matter how hard we try to analyze and schedule and micromanage, there's always something that slips through our fingers. There is always something just out of our control. And that's okay. Sometimes you just have to take things on faith.
Even though I write fiction, my stories are about real life. They're about hundreds of life experiences broken down and fed into imaginary people. In this form, I think the truest life lessons can be put down on paper. There are a thousand tears in every gut-wrenching passage. A dozen smiles in every baby's laugh. It's the purest of emotions written in a way that people can relate to. We've all experienced these things in some ways.
That's something we all have in common.
That, and the desire for real life fairy tales.