“The man who reads lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
George R.R. Martin, A Dance With Dragons
There is something divinely quieting about a good book. It can take all of the external forces in our lives and make them seem non-existent for a few moments. Losing ourselves in a great story line can give us a temporary escape from reality and take us on a journey to a life outside of our own.
Although authors don’t write with us in mind, their words can give us a momentary reprieve from the demons that stalk us throughout our busy days, those demons who try to dwell in the hours that we would like spend in solitude. When you open a novel or turn on an E-reader, the chaotic minutes that you have survived during your work day cease to exist and the outside world becomes a distant memory.
If you are one of the fortunate few who can switch your work brain to the “off” position, you allow yourself to become fully involved in the plot line that the author has created. You send yourself on a journey far beyond the realm of your existence. The words on the page seep into your mind and you become lost in the world of fiction.
Those words, the way they are woven into a complex story line, allow us the ability to sink into a place of imagery and intrigue. Those words have the power to enlighten us, torture us, amuse us, make us cry and keep reality at bay as long as we will let them.
We owe it to ourselves to relish those moments of escape. We need to permit ourselves to embrace the worlds beyond our own and tune out the brash sounds of our real lives by bathing in the dulcet tones of fictitious adventure. Do yourself a favor…..grab a book, turn off the television and let yourself be transported by the rhythm of words. You will be surprised at how simple it is to live a thousand lives.