I love escaping into another world.
I have always sought escape through film, TV, music, books and my own imagination.
Now I escape through blogs too…
It doesn’t matter whether it’s for a few hours or for a few minutes, the freedom of leaving reality behind and immersing myself somewhere else always makes me feel better.
I remember back when I was 9 or 10. We had watched the Timothy Dalton version of Jane Eyre on ABC on Sunday nights and I was captivated by the story. For Christmas that year I received my very own copy of Jane Eyre as well as Anne of Green Gables.
My lifelong love of romance and losing myself in my imagination was born.
Aside from reading anything I could get my hands on, I would spend hours in my backyard creating characters in my head, wandering about, weaving stories around them.
I could picture how they looked, how they behaved, where they lived, as if they were living, breathing creatures in front of me. Their stories seemed to write themselves and I was buoyed by their inevitable happy endings.
I always pictured myself as an author when I was young. It’s funny how our perspective changes as we grow as I don’t picture myself that way any more.
I now know my limitations as a writer of fiction. I cannot write realistic conversation and none of my ideas were especially original. But I still create and dream and live another life in my imagination.
No one can judge me there.
Lately, I have been reading less books and when I do, I go back to my old faithfuls like Pride and Prejudice. I still prefer stories that have a happy ending and still love the thrill of a slow, beautifully written romance.
Perhaps that’s why I can’t bring myself to read 50 Shades of Grey?
At the moment I love escaping reality by reading other blogs. Having that window into other lives puts my own into perspective and provides that brief daily escape that I crave.
I am also reliving Pride and Prejudice again through The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a web series that puts a modern and very clever spin on Jane Austen’s most beloved novel.
I may have taken up reading said novel again and re-watched the Colin Firth version due to falling in love with the story all over again after discovering this new adaptation…
I’m also enjoying some modern day romance by catching up with the latest season of Castle where the lead characters are finally together after years of “will they, won’t they” tension.
And each evening as I drift off to sleep, once I rid my brain of the to do list for the next day, I enjoy escaping to my own world…until one of the kids calls me back to reality.
At least I get to escape, if only for a little while!
Do you enjoy escaping reality? Where does your fancy take you when you get the opportunity to dream?
Joining in with Jess for IBOT for the very first time at her new home – looking good Jess!