I like to read. A lot. Sometimes I read a brilliant book and just feel astonished. How does someone write like that? A cohesive, entertaining, emotional, clear and beautiful story? I have some favorites. When I finished 'Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt, I actually wanted to read it again. (That's crazy!) But it felt that good. 'The Poisonwood Bible' and 'All the light we cannot see' and 'Geek Love' and 'The Cider House Rules' all made me feel similar. I am not reviewing books here, but they are such a huge part of my life.
I love the way books feel and look and their presence in my home is so satisfying. I love old books too. Old books are incredible, lots of beautiful covers and fonts. What a talent it is to write beautifully. I feel like my books are my friends sometimes. When I was little, I was given a little book called "A friend is someone who likes you". (I still have it :)
I had the pleasure of seeing two different friends today! (real people, not books) Friends are of utmost importance to me. I couldn't imagine my life without friends. There are so many different kinds too. Both of these people, I had become friends with through our common work places. Two different workplaces though. But isn't it interesting how we meet people and decide that we will be friends? Do we consciously decide? It's not always just having similarities, although that is usually a valid reason. I've thought extensively about how and why we are attracted to others. Sometimes it seems unlikely. Sometimes it seems obvious. But I find it rather fascinating. In a few instances, I have experienced an almost urgent need to get to know someone further. I can't even describe WHAT the reason is. It just is. I find that quite interesting. Some of my friends possess qualities that I admire, wish I had, those confident friends who are kind and interesting too. Some of my friends are old friends, known for ages, and neither of us changed so drastically that we parted ways. Those are great friends, as you share a long history. Some new friends are like a shot of fabulous energy in my life. And then there are Online friends. People you may have never even met, but feel close to. That's an extremely interesting concept, actually, because you may not even know the real them, but the one you know you really feel a connection to. When I was young I used to wonder about my friends' homes...how everyone had a different situation and yet we were the same. Woke up, went to school, made shit up and played and fought and loved and hated and ate and yet, had such varying home lives.
This is a quote from a book I loved. I wrote it in one of my journals. "we can't choose what we want and don't want and that's the hard lonely truth. Sometimes we want what we want, even if we know it's going to kill us"
I love my friends. Thanks for reading. x #500wordsaday