Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday Wonderings (7) - Is reading hiding away from your life?


Happy Wednesday!

Time to share my Wednesday Wonderings.

Yesterday when I was driving home, I was thinking about reading. To be more precise, I was thinking how much time I usually spend with reading, writing and blogging. I realised that I use most of my free time for these three things. When I'm talking about free time, then I mean the time which I can spend for me only and it does not include my work and my time with my son. So it's the hours in the evenings and during the weekend where my son is sleeping, or sometimes also when my son is visiting his dad or playing or visiting friends.

I realized, that all I do and all I want to do with my free time is reading and writing - be it my blog or something else I am writing. Questions started to raise - does that make me hermit? Is this good to me, that instead of .. well, I don't know, spending some time with my friends, going out (I do go out and I do have friends :) ) I prefer reading and blogging? Is that normal? Am I hiding from my life behind the books? Is it escapism?

I also thought that I do enjoy escaping into a good book and I love to blog, too. Good story can take me everywhere, I can meet a lot of interesting and fascinating characters while reading. Still, these are not real people and the story that I'm reading can be far from the reality. Does that make me weird?

Of course, I need to say, that I have a lot of socializing and talking and spending time with different people during my working hours. My job requires lots of face to face communication. So it's not that I'm hiding from people. I'm fun to be with, I enjoy being surrounded by people and also being in the center of attention. When I finally go out and meet with people, I love that, too. I travel a lot, I enjoy a good concert or movie and I'm a lively person. But lately, and especially after my divorce half a year ago, I prefer books, reading and writing to people. After work i just want to close my door and be with my son and enjoy the little time I have for me, myself and I.

Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining. Not at all, because as said I have always loved reading. I was just wondering if I do it deliberately or not. What do you think? Do you sometimes wonder if you spend too much time with books and too little time with people? Do you hide behind the books sometimes? Let me know. :)

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