I wonder who first started telling stories, was it the ancient Brits huddling around their fires and telling tales to keep their minds off the cold, or was it the Native Americans imparting wisdom to their children in the colourful webs they spun? It could have originated in so many different places, but that does not change the fact that it has changed our world. Have you ever considered our world without books, literature and stories?
Life as we know it now is not (I believe) meant for humans to live, there is so much that is hurtful, unhealthy and damaging. Society has lost it’s humanity, cruelty for many places is a part of everyday life, betrayal, hate and mistrust are rife in every country. There are so many affected, so many hurt and wounded. No longer do we have the space to wander and find freedom. So many dreams drown every day in broken hearts and lost hope.
In a way, we find the things we wish for in books. I am a traveller, a gypsy at heart. I long to wander along paths unknown and roads forgotten. I want to see what others have not seen and find what was lost. Books give me an opportunity to do this. Hopefully one day I will still get my opportunity to be a nomad and for my dreams to come true, but until then, I have such a collection of beauty, adventure and excitement before me. In books I can find what is so rare if not nonexistent in the world these days.
I am so grateful to the writers out there, those who still express goodness and humanity through their work. Writers allows us to live a little adventure every time they write a book, they open a door to a world that we can be part of for a while. To experience bravery, love, hope, faith and other fading spirit-attributes. For a little while we can be part of a fight for good, search for freedom, giving of hope and then, at the end, we can be satisfied that all that brought about a happy ending. This, we all know, is not true in ‘real life’, but I believe that as we read such ‘fairytales’ that some of its residue is left inside us, a hope for more, a wish to see the world change for the better, and to be a part of it and a belief that there is still good to be found.
Here’s to all the storytellers throughout history!