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15 Things Only Book Lovers Would Truly Understand

15 Things Only Book Lovers Would Truly Understand

Growing up, I found books were the center of my life. I wouldn’t have attained so much in life if I wasn’t such an avid reader. Books contributed to my well rounded growth and anytime I see a book now there still is a turn on. Here are fifteen things only book lovers like me will truly understand.

1. They understand solitude

Reading a wonderful book requires a level of being alone, away from distractions and interruptions. They don’t understand socializing or being everywhere at once, but being alone magnifies the excitement of gaining more knowledge.

2. They understand the uniqueness of a book

They know watching a movie adaptation of a book can never be like reading the actual thing. They would prefer to read and challenge their imaginations rather than be consumed by any other medium.

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3. They understand what a hard copy of a book means

They understand the smell that emanates from a book and it adds to the excitement of reading it. It is not the same than reading on a Kindle or an I-pad.

4. They understand the relevance of a book

They know that a book adds to the true nature of our existence. Lending you a book is a nightmare for them. They find it so difficult to let go of their books.

5. They understand connections can be made through books

Yes connections with characters, places, and even the author can be made through reading a book. It is like freedom from themselves and the exploration of a new place and time.

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6. They understand the emotions that come with a good book

There are times when they finish a book and they are so caught in the drama that they could cry, laugh or wish it was rewritten to suit their expectations.

7. They understand a good book could mean another sleepless night

They don’t like to be interrupted and a good book can be so consuming they don’t want to sleep. A good book means needing to finish it and knowing what happens at the end as soon as they can.

8. They understand the true value of a book

This could mean a serious toll in their bank account or walking ten miles to borrow a book from a local library. They know what the essence of a book is to their intellectual growth and they are willing to pay the price to get one.

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9. They understand they can only build great friendships with other book lovers

Friendships with someone else means digging deep into what he or she has read and how intellectually rich he or she is. They understand cultivating friendships means also discussing about favorite authors, exchanging books, and obsessing about fictional characters together.

10. They prefer books to people

They understand books can be a helpful therapy through distressing times and could be a better source of comfort than words from another person.

11. They understand a perfect holiday is spent with a book

Since books could offer them a transition to a different place and time, they would prefer to either include it in a perfect holiday or make reading one their ideal vacation experience.

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12. They understand that starting a book could be hard…

Starting a book could mean a lot of expectations, excitement and desires. Once you start a book it becomes hard to stop and let it go.

13. …And finishing it can be even harder

While reading a book can come with a lot of expectations, finishing it can be disappointing and leave you exhausted. And no book lover would want to be told about the end of a book until he or she reaches it.

14. They never have a favorite book

They have read so many wonderful books, it is difficult to have one as a favorite pick. And it is difficult to answer such a question if they are ever interrogated about this.

15. They understand that no other activity can be as worthy as reading

Reading takes most of your time and it is what your world revolves around. Doing any other activity doesn’t mean much and can quickly lead to disinterest or you fantasizing about a book.

Featured photo credit: A young lovely woman relax reading an absorbing novel in beautiful the park via shutterstock.com

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Last Updated on September 12, 2019

12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

12 Things You Should Remember When Feeling Lost in Life

Even the most charismatic people you know, whether in person or celebrities of some sort, experience days where they feel lost in life and isolated from everyone else.

While it’s good to know we aren’t alone in this feeling, the question still remains:

What should we do when we feel lost and lonely?

Here are 12 things to remember:

1. Recognize That It’s Okay!

The truth is, there are times you need to be alone. If you’ve always been accustomed to being in contact with people, this may prove difficult.

However, learning how to be alone and comfortable in your own skin will give you confidence and a sense of self reliance.

We cheat ourselves out of the opportunity to become self reliant when we look for constant companionship.

Learn how to embrace your me time: What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

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2. Use Your Lost and Loneliness as a Self-Directing Guide

You’ve most likely heard the expression: “You have to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going.”

Loneliness also serves as a life signal to indicate you’re in search of something. It’s when we’re in the midst of solitude that answers come from true soul searching.

Remember, there is more to life than what you’re feeling.

3. Realize Loneliness Helps You Face the Truth

Being in the constant company of others, although comforting sometimes, can often serve as a distraction when we need to face the reality of a situation.

Solitude cuts straight to the chase and forces you to deal with the problem at hand. See it as a blessing that can serve as a catalyst to set things right!

4. Be Aware That You Have More Control Than You Think

Typically, when we see ourselves as being lost or lonely, it gives us an excuse to view everything we come in contact with in a negative light. It lends itself to putting ourselves in the victim mode, when the truth of the matter is that you choose your attitude in every situation.

No one can force a feeling upon you! It is YOU who has the ultimate say as to how you choose to react.

5. Embrace the Freedom That the Feeling of Being Alone Can Offer

Instead of wallowing in self pity, which many are prone to do because of loneliness, try looking at your circumstance as a new-found freedom.

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Most people are in constant need of approval of their viewpoints. Try enjoying the fact that  you don’t need everyone you care about to support your decisions.

6. Acknowledge the Person You Are Now

Perhaps you feel a sense of loneliness and confusion because your life circumstances have taken you away from the persona that others know to be you.

Perhaps the new you differs radically from the old. Realize that life is about change and how we react to that change. It’s okay that you’re not who you used to be.

Take a look at this article and learn to accept your imperfect self: Accept Yourself (Flaws and All): 7 Benefits of Being Vulnerable

7. Keep Striving to Do Your Best

Often those who are feeling isolated and unto themselves will develop a defeatist attitude. They’ll do substandard work because their self esteem is low and they don’t care.

Never let this feeling take away your sense of worth! Do your best always and when you come through this dark time, others will admire how you stayed determined in spite of the obstacles you had to overcome.

And to live your best life, you must do this ONE thing: step out of your comfort zone.

8. Don’t Forget That Time Is Precious

When we’re lost in a sea of loneliness and depression, it’s all too easy to reflect on regrets of past life events. This does nothing but feed negativity and perpetuate the situation.

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Instead of falling prey to this common pitfall, put one foot in front of the other and acknowledge every positive step you take. By doing this, you can celebrate the struggles you overcome at the end of the day.

9. Remember, Things Happen for a Reason

Every circumstance we encounter in our life is designed to teach us and that lesson is in turn passed on to others.

Sometimes we’re fortunate enough to figure out the lesson to be learned, while other times, we simply need to have faith that if the lesson wasn’t meant directly for us to learn from, how we handled it was observed by someone who needed to learn.

Your solitude and feeling of lost, in this instance, although painful possibly, may be teaching someone else.

10. Journal During This Time

Record your thoughts when you’re at the height of loneliness and feeling lost. You’ll be amazed when you reflect back at how you viewed things at the time and how far you’ve come later.

This time (if recorded) can give you a keen insight into who you are and what makes you feel the way you feel.

11. Remember You Aren’t the First to Feel This Way

It’s quite common to feel as if we’re alone and no one else has ever felt this way before. We think this because at the time of our distress, we’re silently observing others around us who are seemingly fine in every way.

The truth is, we can’t possibly know the struggles of those around us unless they elect to share them. We ALL have known this pain!

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Try confiding in someone you trust and ask them how they deal with these feelings when they experienced it. You may be surprised at what you learn.

12. Ask for Help If the Problem Persists

The feeling of being lost and lonely is common to everyone, but typically it will last for a relatively short period of time.

Most people will confess to, at one time or another, being in a “funk.” But if the problem persists longer than you feel it should, don’t ignore it.

When your ability to reason and consider things rationally becomes impaired, do not poo poo the problem away and think it isn’t worthy of attention. Seek medical help.

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Final Thoughts

Loneliness and a sense of feeling lost can in many ways be extremely painful and difficult to deal with at best. However, these feelings can also serve as a catalyst for change in our lives if we acknowledge them and act.

Above anything, cherish your mental well being and don’t underestimate its worth. Seek professional guidance if you’re unable to distinguish between a sense of freedom for yourself and a sense of despair.

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