Literature was the first place where I began to identify with characters. That and movies. Suddenly, other women and girls who I admired were set in front of me. They became role models, whether they were supposed to be or not.
Theater was the next place where I was introduced to characters that I wanted to be. Her voice, her style, her life – they all were more appealing than mine. As I portrayed more females, I felt myself change.
The biggest disease this day and age is that of people feeling unloved. – Princess Diana
For my internship today (which I worked on for many hours), I wrote about characters from movies and books that would have made lovely couples. Right now, my brain is fried from thinking about this. Honestly, all of my ideas for an inspiring post have gone “poof” out of my head. Pretty silly, huh? Just wait until school starts up next week…
Anyway, literature has been a huge part of my recovery and films have as well to a slightly lesser degree. When it comes to romance, I am pretty clueless. However, listening to people around me and observing how others interact has been helpful. Picking up elements of that in fiction also taught me what to expect in a relationship.
This post is a bit unique and perhaps off-topic. However, one of my biggest interests besides helping people in recovery is literature. In fact, for my Masters/Doctorate degrees, I am considering looking at how literature affects mental illness and what authors suffered from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other such illnesses. Thus, connections between books and the human psyche fascinate me. Because of that, answering The Broke and The Bookish’s weekly blog topic appealed to me.
They asked on Tuesday’s post what ten fictional characters you would want to be stranded with on a deserted island. Thinking about this made me so excited that I had to write about it. Thus, here is a little look into my brain. This not only shows my tastes in literature but also how I view others, choose friends, and deal with hardship. Who you identify in books or films says a great deal about you as do the characters that you find attractive. Even if you are not interested in books, I suggest that you think about any fictional characters (in books, movies, or television) that touched or impacted you.
Several months ago, a great blogger named adopting james wrote about his ideal bookshelf. Ever since then, I have pondered what books would be on my shelf. Because of my great love of books, many posts have focused on reviews and inspiration found in literature. Yet once again, I felt compelled to write about wonderful reads. Here is a quick list of my ideal bookshelf that includes numerous genres, authors, and time periods. Some relate directly to recovery while others are simply amazing. Hopefully, these books will not be repeats of those that I have mentioned before.
The Twelfth Night by Shakespeare – Who doesn’t love a romance story filled with humor, confusion, heart-ache, and eventual joy? Viola inspired me to be unselfish but strong. All of Shakespeare fills me with mirth, but this play is probably my favorite. Continue reading →