Not a travel to other places, although that is part of it, but a travel through ideas, thoughts, and people.
Traveling through what people not only were, or are, but what people could be, it lets us see all the possibilities of being.
Books are amazing in that you travel into other people’s lives, sometimes their ideas, and often with biographies, the life of the subject and the life of the author, as every book is written by someone for a personal reason.
I read three to four books at a time, and I believe that allows me to learn faster, as I pick similar books, but often one will be fiction, one book of nonfiction, and then a biography, so that when I read one book and it starts to get stale or I stop absorbing, I can change the book and reset my mind.
Sometimes one sentence in a book seems to leap out at the reader, and this one caught my attention as I finished this book.
“Yes, Phil thought with a sigh, I have bypassed my life.” This is a sentence from the biography of Philip K Dick called I Am Alive and You are Dead by Emmanuel Carrere.
That is a big fear we all have, that we have bypassed our life.
It is a sad sentence, but powerful, as it always reminds the reader of lost moments, and we all have those times, but most of us forget them quickly, and it is not until something comes along, a sentence, a picture, or a song that we remember them.
I have learned quickly by not just learning from my mistakes, but also others errors, and too often, I think we let life slide past as we get preoccupied with everything but what is happening around us today, at this moment.
I find the world has a way of linking together ideas, as the sentence above was about the same time as I read the quote by Annie Dillard, “ How you spend your day is how you spend your life.” And these work together to create an understanding of how we lose track and control of our lives, and how something as simple as paying attention to that moment can make our lives better.
“How you spend your day is how you spend your life” is perfectly said.