Problems arise in many different ways and at different times in life. Growing up, I had a problem. A problem that kept me up late into the night and captured my attention from the moment I opened my eyes in the morning. A problem that I could not hide, no matter how hard I tried. A problem that still affects me to this day.
I am addicted to reading.
Now, I don’t mean that I merely read a book every month and
obsessively devotedly stayed up to date on my favorite series. I mean that my addiction was so huge that I always had at least five books on my person and my parents and my teachers would threaten to take away my books if I misbehaved. I would stay in from recess to curl up in a big comfy chair in a secluded corner of the library just to read as much as I could. Instead of sleeping, I would use a small flashlight to just read “one” more chapter…at least until my momma eventually caught me.
We all have read or heard a story. The protagonist always has a problem. There wouldn’t be a plot without it. Perhaps the love of their life has rejected them, or they must embark on a dangerous quest. Maybe they are trying to change society or are just trying to survive their author’s irrational blood thirst (John Green, George R.R. Martin- I am looking at you). Problems often shape the characters that we come to love, because it makes them human. Yet, not all problems are, in fact, “problems”. We see in plenty books where an individual views something as a “problem” but uses it to their advantage. For example, think of any stereotypical superhero plot. Protagonist has powers. Powers are a problem. Powers are used for good (hopefully). Power is thus viewed from a different perspective and is no longer a “problem” but an advantage.
That is how we should view our problems, especially as we continue to explore this new year. Problems will arise, no matter how much you avoid them. However, approach these problems with a new mindset. Problems are made to strengthen us and not to defeat us. Without problems, we would have no story to speak of, no daring adventures to declare, no redemption to recount. Our plots would be as dry and predicable as Twilight. Today, I urge you to confront your problems head on and allow them to mold you into becoming the hero of your own story rather than letting your problems turn you into a secondary character.
~the Brown-Eyed Bookaholic
“Generally speaking, books don’t cause much harm. Except when you read them, that is. Then they cause all kinds of problems.”
Coming up this month:
- Book Reviews:
–The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
–Virals by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs
- Author of the Month