Nonfiction Reminded Me How Amazing This World Is
I used to read all the time. Over fifty books a year at times. After my Grandfather died and especially once I became a published author, reading fiction began to feel like work. My reading became limited to research materials. It reminded my about how Markiplier, one of the biggest YouTube Gamers, said he stopped playing Video Games for fun since he now played them for a living. In my case, Video Games became the escape books once were. As of late I mostly play the Metal Gear Solid series, Pokemon Go, and Death Stranding.
Yet when lock down started, I found myself diving into Nonfiction. Where I noticed others were escaping the world by reading fantasy novels, I was immersing myself into the world further. I read about how people created careers out of crafting Mermaid tails or becoming Mermaids themselves in The Mermaid Handbook by Carolyn Turgeon.
I found out about Rat Actors in Rat Training by Miriam Fields-Babineau and the amazing history of these rodents in Rats by Debbie Ducommum after I got my own pet Rats Ziggy and Zoey during lockdown.
I learned about the origins of sushi, it was first pressed before it was ever made into rolls and other forms we see today, in Sushi, Taste and Technique by Kimiko Barber and Hiroki Takemura.
I saw intimate photographs of Sharks during Shark Week in Sharks by Brian Skerry.
I also have been honing in on reading more self-empowerment books. At Zero by Joe Vitale taught me Ho’oponopono which is an ancient Hawaiian prayer technique that has been improving my life greatly.
Practical Ayurveda of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, provided me ancient Indian techniques which have aided me further in my quest to use food as medicine as well as better understanding the cues of my own body.
The only exception is How I Eat Dis? a book of Inkpug poetry I won off Instagram which got delivered to me in the most beautiful packaging. The rest of my reading this year has been Nonfiction.
All of these books have been reminding me that this is an awe inspiring world that we live in. That isn’t to say that there won’t be challenges on this planet. But we are in a place that is to be loved and cherished. This world is filled with goodness, out of the box solutions, and amazing possibilities. Instead of letting fear skewing our World view, we need to remember that beauty and gifts surround us here. Everything provided here is a chance for us to grow and receive a bounty of unique treasures. Don’t ever let tragedy, media, or politics make you forget how great life on Earth can be. Fall in love with the World over and over again. Paige Etheridge
Thank you for sharing your thought with us today, Paige. Very inspiring in these times!
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