My favorite thing about reading is getting lost in a new world, and escaping reality. One day I can be in a magical land and the next I can be in a futuristic society, but one place I’m not in when I’m reading, is my own head.
My anxiety consumes my every thought most days. No matter how hard I try, I can never escape my own head. However, when I’m reading, I’m in a completely different place, and it leaves no time to worry about my own thoughts.
My favorite part about reading, is that it can be anything. It can be a book, a magazine, fan fiction. Whatever it is, it gives me a different reality to see, and I stop be anxious for a little bit.
I decided to focus on reading for my #SmileSunday this week because being in a different world, lets me smile for once. When I’m extremely anxious, especially at night, I pick up something to read, and the next thing I know, I’m in a new place, with new thoughts, and I forget why I was so worried in the first place.
I also really love finding the hidden themes in books. A lot of times, the events and challenges the characters go through, are similar to my life, and they inspire me to do something. One of my favorite book series, is the “Divergent” Series. I love these books, especially the first book, because the main character Tris, goes through a life changing experience. And when times get tough, she doesn’t give it, she fights. And in the end, that’s all I want to do in life, fight. I want to stop being afraid of a challenge and embrace it, and change my life in the process.
So if you’re ever in need of a smile, pick up something to read. It can be a book, a fanfic about your #OTP, a magazine, etc. No matter what it is, allow yourself to escape reality and smile for a little. I promise, you won’t regret it.
Until next time!