It’s been a while since I had time to contribute to Tidechange. So many amazing people and events have shown up in my life allowing me to use my skills and talents to make a difference. As I’m contemplating taking a break to catch my breath, I know that in the background Life is creating new scenarios to keep me engaged.
Yesterday I was interviewed via Zoom as the ‘Reader of the Week’ for the Vancouver Island Reginal Library. It was fun to tell my story about its importance to me and how I loved to lose myself in it for hours – before Covid. Now I browse their extensive catalogue and just reserve.
While we are used to having everything presented to us in digital form, there is an opportunity to also use our imagination through the process of reading. Applying our visualization skills allows our brains to create new images, go from predominantly logical thinking to a more dreamy state. That’s why reading is so popular, it takes us out of our own reality and can relax us, depending on the kind of genre we focus on.
The interview with VIRL also gave me the opportunity to explore more in depth my own addiction to reading and why I have certain preferences. I grew up on Grimm’s Fairy Tales which my grandmother told me before I could read. I especially liked stories which featured heroines who were feisty and met adversity with courage, faith, and the help of a few good fairies.
To this day my preferred genre are ‘story’ books which feature women who meet their challenges with courage and rely on their own strengths but also allow others to help them. For me they need to go through some sort of a transformation after which they appear more resilient and mature. I adore Anne Shirley of Green Gables and Elizabeth Bennett of Pride and Prejudice.
My own life story resembles that of famous fairy tale characters such as the Grimm’s versions of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, or Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I sometimes wonder if my early exposure to these strong girls/women had an impact on my core values. How else would I have found the faith to carry on after every blow Life dealt me? Of course, I had some good fairies around who helped but it was still me who had to do the inner growth work. And I found my prince in shining armor in the end!
In closing I would like to say how using the local libraries can be a source of great enjoyment and that there is something there for every taste and interest. I usually have several books on the go depending on the mood I’m in – all supplied by the library. If you are interested in my inspirational memoir, reserve your copy and enjoy an unusual page-turner. Many readers have told me they couldn’t put it down. “When Life Has Other Plans…Discover the Hidden Gifts” by Dorothea L. Gordon.