On the Edge
We all have things we need to do to keep an even keel — blogging, exercising, reading, cooking. What’s yours?
Reading is the thing for me that keeps everything straight, the one thing that I can rely upon to keep me sane. When I’m sick of everything else there’s always a good book to rescue me. Reading focuses my mind in a way that nothing else does for it demands my full attention and allows no random or wandering thoughts. Occasionally I manage to read a book that is unconnected to any of my special interests, I greatly appreciate this for as much as I like certain topics and certain people it’s nice sometimes to think of something else. Losing yourself in a book not only allows you to escape the chaos around you but also from the chaos of your own mind. To bring some order to the disorder.
That’s what I love the most about books, that ability they have to make you forget where you are in a way that films just don’t. I can’t help but think back of all the times at school I survived thanks to my books, all those times that I was able to lose myself in the book and ignore the chaos around me. In an odd sort of way I miss that. Now I have plenty of peace and quiet to read and yet I don’t read as much as I would like. Weird as it is, the quiet is distracting.
Writing would be the second thing, for similar reasons as mentioned above with the bonus that you get to be the creator, the story teller. Previously I would have said watching films or playing video games but neither of those things are particularly important to me right now, nor are they as necessary as they once were. Not having much interest in either of those things right now I can live with, it’s when for some reason I can’t read that gets to me, that feels like the end of the world.