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Hopes And Dreams

Updated on March 20, 2013

I am the printer guy. I arrive when needed, to clear a paper jam or replace a toner. I can map you to your printer or give you a hand setting up that scan folder, nothing earth shattering. It’s a job and it pays the bills, most of them anyway.

But even the printer guy has a dream. You see, when I’m not cleaning toner out of my clothes, I’m listening. I listen to the daily droning and buzzing within the cubicles. Just as those printers churn out page after page, I am writing. I’m putting together words and sentences that I hope will become ink on the pages held inside of those printers.

I Will...


I will become a Shepherd, corralling the herds of paragraphs into stables where they can be fed and nurtured until they are ready to be released, at which point we will travel together through the plains and valleys towards the mountains in the distance. We will climb the peaks, ascending the mountain with a slow and steady climb. Curling and winding, the desolate road carves into the range and demands my energy . My steps are measured, requiring patience and discipline in order to fully appreciate the journey. I keep in mind that only through the grueling labor will I reach the summit. It won't be easy, and for that I am thankful.

There will be many doubts along the way, at overlooks and passes I will tell myself that I have done enough. Longing for gratification, I will second guess my direction and efforts and want to head back down to the safety below. But I won’t. I will continue, I will stumble and crawl towards the top, immune to the dangers above. I will refuse to surrender my dream. I will arrive, and when I do I will stand at the cliff with my chest heaving, tired from the journey but in absolute awe of the accomplishment.

Then I will leap. I will close my eyes and jump from the ledge with the confidence of those words, full of faith that is as real as the wind in my hair, rippling through my clothes as I spread my arms like wings.. And just when I am comfortable in my free fall, when I like what I see on the page, I will pull the cord, no, I will remove the parachute. And then I will fly.

I have the resolve to learn my craft, during every idle snippet of the day and every stolen moment of the night. I will read, taking in the words of those before me, those who have ascended the mountain and lived to tell. And when I am not reading or writing, I will be plotting, piecing together conflicts with every waking breath. Gathering, storing, and experimenting with what works. I will jot down a word that makes me smile, or a phrase that I hear in passing. I will write as a man, as a woman, as a child, a dog, even a printer.

And when all of the scribbling and jotting become characters and conflicts, when the passion and practice fuse together like the ink on the page inside of those printers that I fix, the words will become alive. And so will I. Just like the printer I will put words on paper. I will become a storyteller. I will become writer guy. I will become…..an author.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful, Pete! I think you speak for many of us...a universal truth for writers everywhere. Well done!

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      Mark Wilson 4 years ago from Guelph, Ontario, Canada

      Working on printers can be a tough job! Those are some complicated machines

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      this is about finding a passion in life and turning into something you can do when you want and get paid for it.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Sounds like a road map to success! I'll bet you hear some interesting dialogue on your job too!

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Bill, glad you enjoyed it, I apprecitate it!

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      LOL used cars toronto!

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you Carol!

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      I hope so Jim, and yes, I hear some funny stuff at work!

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Bill, glad you enjoyed it, I appreciate it!

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      TDM 4 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

      very intriguing. it i8nspires me to never stop trying on my writing. Even if the charactors don't fall together. I will restart a clean slate. until my story has been fulfilled. Thankyou. you inspired me. voted up

      I. White

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The hopes and dreams can be followed if you put your mind into gear.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I love the way you jumped from working on printers to writing. We, then, are all shepherds! What a great way to describe writing from one author to another...you have found the essence.

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      Yeah, I think I'm there!

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks tillsontitan, I appreciate it!

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I agree with Till. You have found the essence in the writing in the essence.

      “And when all of the scribbling and jotting become characters and conflicts, when the passion and practice fuse together like the ink on the page inside of those printers that I fix, the words will become alive. And so will I. Just like the printer I will put words on paper. I will become a storyteller. I will become writer guy. I will become…..an author.”

      In the future, I will read a paragraph in a book that will remind of the words and style I have read here. I will smile, and think, “Ahhh…it’s Weestro. I knew that he would someday be published.” Great writing, Pete. :-)

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Genna, I appreciate your kind words!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      A really inspirational piece. You have captured the hopes and dreams of many, but you express it exceptionally well. You are an author. Go get it!

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you Ms Dora, I apprectiate the kind words!

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      Kristen Mazzola 4 years ago from South Florida

      Fantastic Hub! You're writing is awesome! :) Voted up!

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks, I appreciate the kind words!

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