For years, the thing that has kept me sane is to have a good book by my side. My parents say that I learned to read very early in life, which means even baby me knew what was going on!
I took shelter in literature. If I felt lonely, bored, or simply didn’t know what to do, I just took one of my books and started traveling. Mostly I traveled to Hogwarts, of course, but I also liked stories about kids like me, kids that felt left behind by their classmates.
I also thought I was different and that I wouldn’t have friends that would ever get me. That is why I resorted to the Internet, and I do not regret that decision. I made a lot of acquaintances and I felt closer to people I would never meet physically than to the classmates I saw everyday.
What connected us? Books. Endless talks about twelve Districts, five factions, four houses and sparkly vampires made me look forward to those precious hours online.
Then again, those hours online were (and still are) taking some time away from me. I wanted to go back to basics, to become the woman that I want to be. In order to do that, I had (still have) to learn how to interact with other people, to take social cues. Books have taught me a lot -more than any school-, but I lacked physical affection (not from my family, but from my peers)
That’s where college came in. You may think that “college is where you find where you belong” think is cliched, but it is so true. I found people whom I could interact with, that understood me on a deep level. I still have a long way to go, don’t get me wrong, but I am getting there.
Books are still my passion, and even though they do not form part of my future profession in a level I would like, I will always be one bookstore away from my literary fix.