People come, people go – they’ll drift in and out of your life, almost like characters in a favorite book. When you finally close the cover, the characters have told their story and you start up again with another book, complete with new characters and adventures. Then you find yourself focusing on the new ones, not the ones from the past. ― Nicholas Sparks
I’m a sucker for a good book. Sometimes I love the story so much I refuse to put it down even after it’s finished.
The second time I read it, I go back through and focus on my favorite chapters. I smile as I relive each of the moments that brought me joy the first time around – which is a fabulous thing.
But by the third reading, I start to overanalyze the words on the pages, and instead of quickly skimming over the not-so-great parts of the book to get to the good stuff, I get stuck on them.
Shifting my focus from the good parts to the bad sure changes the story. It turns something that was beautiful into something incredibly ugly.
It’s time to close the book of Ben and pack it up inside a tightly sealed box before I pick it up again and get so lost in the words that I forever lose sight of what a brilliant novel it was.
It was filled with courage, humor, passion and love – but now it’s over.
Our story is done and it sucks it didn’t end the way I wanted it to – but there’s no going back to rewrite what has already been published.
I think the incredibly stubborn part of me is finally ready to accept that.
Because with that book closed, I finally get to dive into the pages of my next big adventure.