I’ve finally started reading from my massive stack of eBooks (Missed that post? Click here to see just how many books I bought last year and how I managed to spend less than $3 a piece on them!) but out of all of the great inspirational and informative books I have to choose from, I’ve been opting for the more light-hearted fare.
Fairy tale retellings are usually my go to for when I’m too stressed/tired/overwhelmed to dive into a “heavy” book. I love that for the most part, I already know the direction the stories will go in so it’s not a mentally taxing activity, but also the added surprise of when an author takes a familiar story and pulls the characters in a whole new direction. Lately I’ve been devouring K. M. Shea’s Timeless Fairy Tales collection, and have made it through the first six books. K. M. Shea has a few books outside of the fairy tales that I have already read and so it was an easy decision to jump into a series of fairy tales with her. I appreciate that she has taken liberties and invented twists leading to strong female characters not afraid to break societal norms, or even if there is fear, they are strong and morally sound enough to forge ahead despite the insult and injury that may befall them.
I have zero desire in bringing politics or political slants to this blog, but I do plan to touch on important topics such as kindness and looking out for one another. I feel as I’m reading about K.M. Shea’s heroines that they are excellent examples of the kind of world I would like to live in. I often find myself lacking, whether it be in physical strength, mental strength, kindness, compassion, and other moral qualities. I find myself presented with opportunities to help my neighbors and I clam up, afraid to take that first step towards kindness. My interactions with people too often end with me berating myself for what I should have said, what I should have done.
I am far from perfect, but if there is one thing I am ruminating on as I read about these heroines, is that no one ever is, but some of us make those scary choices, those brave decisions to reach out and stand up anyways, and that is the person I want to be. In the year to come, I intend to think more on this, and truly find my voice. That quality that makes me unique and compassionate and worthy of my own fairy tale.
Recently I happened to be thinking of exactly what skills or usefulness I could bring to a survival situation. You know, the stranded on a desert island type situation. Besides some displays of common sense (I should find shelter, not all berries are safe to eat, etc) I began to realize that I fall short in many “heroic” aspects. I wouldn’t blame someone for picking me last, or maybe second to last, in a survival situation because besides some book smarts, what could I offer? Now, stay with me, because I obviously know that the chances of me being in this situation is slim, but couple that with the books I’ve been reading about strong moral heroines, and I want to investigate. If faced with dilemma or hardship, do I dig in or do I take the easy way out? Do I sacrifice my ideals to avoid being uncomfortable?
I feel like this year will not only be a year of reading, but most likely, a year of some self reflection. Maybe I’ll come out of this with book smarts, some admirable character traits, and just maybe, some survival skills. I’ll be sure to keep you updated!