Good Monday morning everyone. I want to apologize in advance if today’s post is a rambling mess of little coherence. I’ve got lots on my mind and have decided to just let myself blog what ever comes to the surface.
I posted yesterday that I decided to stop my re-read of Harry Potter and I’m still a little bummed that I did not enjoy the series as much as I remember. Of course the books did not change, what changed is me; my personality, perceptions and reading tastes. Books will always be there waiting for us, to welcome us into their pages and offer us an escape from our day-to-day reality. That doesn’t always mean though that we will be the same person we once were if we decide to revisit an old friend. I guess that’s a bit like real life actually, we all have friends that come and go out of our lives. People who were there for us at one moment in our journey and then part ways with us to follow their own separate paths. For some friends we should just remember the good times and let them go to inspire and delight others. There will always be other friends to make and even other old friends who will stick with us to help us escape when we need to.
Then there is the fact that books and reading are always going to be there for you. Friends are human and often fail us when we really need them. Not so with books, well alright maybe they can fail us too, but there is going to be a book somewhere out there to help you get through what ever crap reality has decided to dump in your lap. Be it non-fiction that helps you cope and figure things out or that great story that just lets you get away and escape or reminds you that life isn’t always so tough. Books will not abandon you. Books will not be too busy to be there for you. They won’t judge or yell or put you down. They support you through life and can totally change your personality. You are never the same person you were at the beginning of the story or pages as you will be at the end.
Mr. King was right when he said “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” There is power in those pages to change your life – if you let them. I know reading saved me, and I need to get back into the habit and let it work its magic again. Reading needs to be a priority in my life and I need to stop letting things get in the way. I need to read to keep my sanity. So perhaps I should stop typing now and pick up my current read and get a little lost. Happy reading.