When life mirrors art – Kristy Kryszczak

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By Kristy Kryszczak

Life has a funny way of coming full circle. I moved to Naples, Florida in June of 2015 and have loved every moment of this adventure. I was able to wrap up my debut novel, Unexpected Love, that I’d been working on for several years about a love triangle between a woman named Inez and two brothers, Jason and Jimmy.

I made new friends, explored the beauty of Florida, and created wonderful memories. Throughout this journey I was single. I was comfortable and confident starting a new life on my own, and if I’m being completely honest, at a place in my life where I didn’t see a partner quite fitting in.

That all changed one day this past April when a man named Jimmy asked me out on a date. Trust me, the irony of his name didn’t go unnoticed. Jimmy and I work together and I was adamant about not dating anyone from work. I stuck to my rules for the first few times he asked me out but as time passed, I felt myself weakening against his charming smile and kind eyes. Something kept drawing me to him and despite my head saying no, my heart said yes. I remember telling myself it was just dinner and not a big deal. I told my manicurist that I probably shouldn’t have said yes and that it would be casual. I had already decided that we would end the date as friends.

Well, the first date was wonderful. We dined at an Italian restaurant on the water and ended our date with a walk on the beach. I laughed more than I had in a really long time. Our first kiss was perfect. But I couldn’t get out of my head the fact that my current life plan didn’t include settling down.

I had a light bulb moment one night early on in our relationship when I was sitting at home. It suddenly occurred to me that I was scared of Jimmy not having feelings for me and disappearing, much more so than my being scared of love itself. From that point forward I knew instantly I had to let my guard down and let love in. Isn’t it true the best things in life are sometimes rarely part of the plan?

Recently we returned to the Italian restaurant where we had our first date. We arrived for a late dinner and were the final table to be seated, and eventually the last patrons in the restaurant. It was just the two of us, at a candlelight table on the water, laughing so hard we couldn’t speak and dancing to the tune of Earth Angel playing in the background.

Call it fate, call it serendipity, call it kismet. I now have my very own story of unexpected love – a plotline I would have enjoyed writing for one of my future novels – only this story is real.

Kristy Kryszczak is the author of Unexpected Love, a debut novel about one woman’s journey navigating through life in her thirties and the complicated romances she gets pulled into along the way. A onetime actor and beauty publicist in New York City, Kristy relocated to Naples, Florida, to enjoy all that the Gulf Coast has to offer. Kristy works in public relations and blogs about adventures in wellness, the writing lifestyle, and keeping a bit of gumption alive in oneself.


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