It’s been two weeks since I last posted, and if you follow the blog on a regular basis, you’ll know that I usually post three times a week. So what happened? Well, the short answer is life.
Two weeks ago, life decided to be spiteful and difficult. I spent a week not coping with it at all (with a massive amount of feeling-sorry-for-myself thrown in for good measure). As you have probably noticed, life is full of these nasty little potholes. It really shouldn’t come as such a surprise when things don’t go your way – and yet it does, every single time.
However, after a week full of why-me, I grabbed a book and started reading. It wasn’t a grand masterpiece of literature designed to question the big things that life can throw at you. No, it was a reread of an urban fantasy novel, which I knew would make me smile. Don’t get me wrong – the protagonist had her battles to fight (including horrific monsters and personal demons), but there was humour to fight the dark moments and a sense of overcoming near impossible odds – something I really needed to read, to feel. Then I grabbed another book (high fantasy novel with a healthy dose of romance), and it made me fight off more negative thoughts which had been circling in my head like a hamster on a hamster wheel.
I spent last week reading every single minute I could spare and by the weekend, I managed to climb out of the pothole I had been stuck in. It was a bit like rock climbing; slow, difficult and liberating all at the same time – and nothing beats the view from the top!
Fantasy might not be your thing, but it doesn’t really matter which genre you read (though epic tragedies might not help if you’re feeling down). The important thing is that you find a book which gives you the precious feeling that everything will be alright in the end – even if it won’t. That’s the incredible power of books. They can make you feel. They can even change how you feel which is why they’re a solid shield against any dark thoughts that tries to consume you.
People say there’s a book for everyone. I think there’s a book for every situation that life throws at you, whether it’s a broken heart, loneliness, illness, loss or something else that has the power to bring you down. If you find the right book, you will find a way out of the darkness.
And I’m happy to announce that I’m continuing down the uneven road that is life with a smile on my lips – and a backup book in hand for when the road gets rough.
What about you? Do you use books to pull you out of a dark place or difficult situation? Any favourite books to beat the blues?