Today has been one of those days where all I want to do is curl up with a book and read for a few years. I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about, and I won’t bore you with the details of what all went wrong today. And in the grand scheme of things, it really wasn’t a terrible, no good, very bad day. Just inconvenient. Times seven.
Truth is, taking the day off will not solve any of the current situations. It will only make tomorrow worse when I have to catch up on all the missed work.
Still. It’s tempting.
I want to grab one of my comfort reads and sink into a story where I know that everything is going to work out perfect in the end. The characters are going to have problems, they’re sure to have bad days, but it’s going to be a happily ever after at the end.
Do you ever just want to fall back into a comfort book? Or does picking a new read help more?
The more I thought about how I could use this situation as a writer, the more I realized that if this moment, this page of my story, had the potential to be a defining moment. It might be the hard push I need to make a change, just like how authors push their characters to become better versions of themselves, so adversity pushes us. We can fall prey to the situation, or we can rise. For a few minutes today, I fell. I grumbled and complained and wanted to give up.
But then I picked myself up, brushed the dust off, and got back in the literary saddle.
I love that books and the impact they have on my life helped me through this moment and forced me to look up. The inspirational messages I’ve found in CCR have woven their way into my heart and changed how I think about bad days. I still plan on grabbing a favorite and settling in for a reread once the work is done, though.