Lately I’ve read quite a lot of books:
- The Dark Tower series by Stephen King (7 books in all)
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
Whilst reading, I noticed I wanted nothing but to read, almost obsessively. It was my way of checking out of life, and checking into an alternate reality. I used to do this with movies: rent a bunch of them, and watch one every night, turning off my phone and disconnecting from everyone to decompress. After reading my last book, I decided to rent a movie (I had an unused coupon about to expire). So, I watched it by myself, and noticed the same thing happen. A sensation of comfort snuck up on me.
Is my life really so bad that I need to decompress with a book or a movie? Perhaps others’ lives are harder. I don’t know. Sometimes I feel like I am overwhelmed and overstimulated with my own life and concerns that it is nice to bliss out on a story having nothing to do with me. The trick for me is to not get too caught up in it.