“I go back to the reading room, where I sink down in the sofa and into the world of The Arabian Nights. Slowly, like a film fade-out, the real world evaporates. I’m alone, inside the world of the story. My favourite feeling in the world.”
So many of the problems that cause us so much anguish are really not that unique.
We’re not the only ones who have lost their job, cried over unrequited love, or had bouts of anxiety that tighten our chests and keep us up at night. It can feel like we’re all alone… but when a universe of seven million people are thinking that, we’re really not the only ones.
So much of what we struggle with has been experienced by someone else. And more often than not, it’s in a book somewhere.
“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.”
When we read a novel, we jump into the extraordinary world of fiction. We feel someone else’s feelings, we experience their worries, and we enter their mind as they live their life. We exit reality and enter a whole new realm; one in which there is an infinite number of lifetimes of lessons for us to learn from.
Make reading a priority, a part of your everyday routine that isn’t thrown aside.
Even if you love non-fiction, try to balance in some fiction in there as well to get out of your mind and into another.
Benefit from the true wonder of living feelings and experiences that are outside our usual lives. Broaden your mind; stretch your empathy.