Over the last few weeks, I have struggled with my mental health. Not because I am unhappy or because things right now are a little overwhelming, but because my parents leaving to go back home has hit me hard. I always knew that goodbye wasn’t going to be easy, but living it is tough.
I’ve needed a few ‘TLC’ days. Cosy nights in with Jack, meeting friends and going for a swim has helped, but one of the main things that has improved my mood has been going to the library.
Maybe it’s the writer in me, but the library is my happy place. There’s something about being surrounded by the thoughts and ideas of countless brilliant minds that fills me with joy. I love the peace and quiet that you only find in a library. Seeing rows of people typing away on their laptops and working hard makes me smile – could they be writing the next bestseller? Could I?!
I could, and have on many occasions, spend hours in a library, hunting for my latest fiction fix and an escape from the real world.
Luckily for me, there’s a library on the end of our road. I can often be seen leaving with armfuls of books and a smile on my face. This past week, visiting that library has brought me more comfort than I can express.
I think everyone should have a place where they can escape to. Everyone needs somewhere that seems to reset their mind and brings them the peace that they are searching for. Life is often hectic, chaotic and unpredictable. When everything around us feels like it is upside down, we need access to a place that makes us feel like we have both feet on the ground.
If you don’t know your happy place already, I hope you find it. If you do, I hope it brings you peace forever. I hope you stay as enchanted with it as you are right now.
I think I need a few more escapism days before things feel like they have clicked back to normal for me. I need to feel comforted by the weight of thousands of words around me, of knowing that I can reach out and find myself in another place, another time. I need my happy place.
Where’s your happy place?
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