Reading was one of my favorite things to do as kid and still is now. Even when my own kids were growing up - although the volume of reading was greatly reduced - great pleasure and a sense of control can be found in a few minutes of reading. Having time to stop the "real" world and get lost in another is very empowering.
I'm not a big fan of the "classics". I guess I'm not
sophisticated enough for them. I've recently challenged myself to read "Pride
and Prejudice" after hearing that it is 100 years old this year. It is slow
going though. I downloaded it to the Kindle app on my IPad and when the mood
strikes I slog through a few more chapters. It may be 101 years old before I
As a child my favorite books were "A Wrinkle in Time", "My Side
of the Mountain", and books like "The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E.
Frankweiler". Today the most used card in my wallet is my library card. "Pride
and Prejudice" notwithstanding I am not afraid to return a book I don't like
without finishing. And I usually have at least two going at once.
been blessed with a vivid imagination and reading fuels that fire. For as long
as I can remember my imagination has been an integral part of my life. As a kid,
before falling asleep or on long car rides - things like that- I would imagine
all kinds of adventure for myself. Some were an extension of what I was reading;
some were an extension of the day's events and some were completely new and made
up. I still do this but not while driving. :)
Reading is like an
imagination assist. It allows me to drift off into imagination with a little
less stress on my brain.
My love of reading and daydreaming is probably
the reason why I try things like marathons and 100 mile bike rides. Being able
to see myself doing it makes it seem less crazy --- to me anyway. It gives me
the encouragement to try ......and stick with it. Fortunately, I'm married to a
very good sport and supportive person. He never says ( at least out loud ) " You
want to do what?". Thank you, Dave. Love you.
The adventures I worked out
as a kid have been replaced with visualizing myself pushing through a tough part
of a race or getting through a weekend training run, walk or ride. Or getting
through a challenging presentation at work. In the last few weeks, I've crossed
the Bob Potts finish line at least a dozen times. Awake, I analyze training
schedules and advice on how to do this and that; Daydreaming, I just do it. I'm
sure it's the latter that makes a difference in reality but I need the analysis
part to satisfy my type A evil twin.
Here is part of my current bucket
list - in no particular order
Complete a century bike ride
A multi day walking adventure
Go on a deep sea fishing
Learn to wind surf
Run in a trail event
Navigate a river from beginning to end
Run a marathon or half
marathon that crosses the US-Canadian border
Pace someone in a race (that's
PACE not PASS)
Achieve an ultra marathon distance in running
Write a book
Interestingly (is that even a word?) the one
thing that I have difficulty imagining is being able to write a book. So for now
I'll just imagine and do other stuff.
What's on your bucket
What were your favorite books as a kid (or now)?
Are you in tune
with your imagination?