I am usually in the midst of battling evil overlords or having an epic love story when someone interrupts me to ask: “What is it with you and books?” The typical notion that follows is: “I mean why do you need to escape reality by burying your head between pages?”
My jaw drops at the question, but I’m already prepared to answer. So I do: ” To live a thousand lives before I die.” A quote inspired by George R. R Martin that sums up my book love with such ease.
With each narrative, character and line of thought, which is written on the pages before me, I get to live another life.
I get to see and feel the world (fiction or not) from another perspective. It is odd but I truly feel that this experience has made me more empathic in many circumstances. I have also learned so much about history, geography and literature that no amount of schooling was able to instill in my brain.
Last but not least, reading has made me more creative, motivated and overall happier. I mean… I get to spend time in fantastic places, creating characters and locations simply with my mind. It’s pure exercise for the imagination and a kick in the ass to go out there and experience it for yourself. And I mean happiness? I don’t even have to say anything about it, because it has been said before me – just 6 minutes of reading reduces stress!
So next time you come across a person with a book just ask: “What are you reading?” Trust me you will have an inspiring conversation and maybe a good reference to pick up a book too.