You don’t have to look far to be troubled. Turn on the television. Scroll through your social media feed. People are angry and frustrated. People are so angry and frustrated that they can’t sympathize with the angry and frustrated people on the opposite side of the fence.
Sadly, I’m becoming one of those people.
So last night I made an executive decision to clock out of the world and read Peter Pan.
Full disclosure: I have never read Peter Pan. I’ve never wanted to read Peter Pan. I didn’t like the Disney version of Peter Pan because I thought he was cocky, arrogant, and annoying. Yes, I know this was purposeful. But I didn’t have to like it.
But now I’m reading the book, and I am hooked. (No pun intended).
I’m not finished yet. But I have to say, clocking out and going to Neverland was the smartest decision I’ve made in a while. This book has all the ingredients of perfect escapism. It’s nonsensical and hilarious. It goes to another world, which is full of utter ridiculousness. Perhaps best of all: Grown-ups are not allowed.
If you’re overwhelmed, anxious, sad, or angry—whether it’s about your personal life, what’s happening in the world, or all of the above—I highly recommend falling headfirst into a book.
Make it something good.