The literary dimension our soul travels to when reading a book is somewhere I feel we can rejuvenate. It is somewhere we can re-shift our focus toward a better direction. It feels like being born again and reincarnating as the author.
Reading can sequester us to a place where we feel the writer’s emotions through words and simultaneously exercise our brain to think creatively. In fact, the first books date back to eras where it was only hand writing on a piece of paper.
The master mind would act like a faucet leaking pieces of information wanting to be shared by the human hand. There are books I have read that enlighten me with reason. Prejudicial testimonies, like All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein, that will hurt to have known but loved to have felt.
The benefit of “going away” for a while into this literary dimension is only the beginning of many. Books have a way of sharing knowledge that cannot be taught. They will remind you that in times of trouble there is more than ventures ending in blackouts disguised in salvation, but rather pages of enlightenment guiding a path through rocky bumps in the real world.
We start off by reading short stories like “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and swerve off to novels like The Da Vinci Code. It is an enduring ride through the minds of different souls that empower our neurotransmitters to release endorphins, calming our tensions.
When reading, we begin wanting to share our own thoughts. Personally, writing introduced me to a personal state of serenity. It became a time when I heard my thoughts clearly and began to know myself better and somewhat deeper.
Books tend to sway us back and forth like a swing of emotions. They insight principles and disciplinary justices—some of which we are never taught.
In a life where technology grows with us, I aspire it to grow old and die like us. There is no touch on a cellular device similar to the touch of turning a page on a book.
There are no expectations to what comes next when reading because we do not control our feelings, nor what controls them.
So at times, I dream of a future where a children’s playground is a library. Where kids play hide and seek, looking for passion, and where tears become rivers that pull them through the current of an unforgettable ride.
American author of children’s books Dr. Seuss once said: “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you will go!”