Escape From Reality: Part I

In the privacy of my own bedroom – or anywhere else (in general) – I have done many things that have never came to surface until now. I never told my mom, my cousin and my grandmother or my dad, my best offline friend/long distance friend Alice and my online friends. Please don’t judge me, although I highly doubt that you will. 🙂

These are things I did to escape reality, even if only for a few seconds. These things helped me a lot. It’s not all of them, though.

From seventh to eighth grade, I had an obsession with Manga. I know absolutely nothing about it now, but I secretly wish that I could go back to starting at the back of a book and reading to the front – I want to do what I thought was “reading backwards” and “so strange”. I miss Bing lending me her Manga books – there was this one series I loved. It was romantic and cute and all things cliche. Bing moved half way through our eighth grade year, and offered to give me the complete set of the series I had fallen in love with. I think it was four or five books, or maybe more. I’m not sure. I just remember reading the series over and over and over and over again. I declined her offer. Then she said that I must, and that’s when I replied with, “I don’t think my mom and Lard would let me keep them.” At that time, my mom would always look through my things. Privacy didn’t exist in my life back then. I wish I knew what the series was so I could start buying the books and have my own set. I miss Bing, too. Not because of the books, but because she helped me find an escape through something different – something that wasn’t very big at that school – and she was generous and kind, always.

Reading used to be my escape, too. When Bing moved, I “checked books out” of my journalism (which included Newspaper and Yearbook) teacher’s bookshelf. At my rate I was finishing books in half a day to a full day, and Mrs. Reimer (I think was her name?) ended up telling me that I didn’t have to check out the books that I took, and that I could take one to three books if I wanted. She had about 48 books, and I finished reading them all in five weeks. That’s when she started checking out books for me to read from the library – when you move so much, you sometimes skip lessons or have to re-learn them, because schools have different curriculums (even if in the same state). I still don’t know that decimal system thing for libraries, or anything like that. That’s bad, or isn’t it?

Anyway, what Mrs. R did for me was extremely helpful, and all I had to do was drop the library books into the Drop Box. Teachers back then were very helpful. Or maybe it was merely the teachers and staff at Forney that weren’t the most helpful? 🙁 I don’t think they understood. No matter how many times you write that you need help, not all teachers are helpful to their students off the subject.

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Stephanie’s gravatar

Well, I think that we can both agree that manga is wonderful! Reading books is wonderful too. (I really should get back into that sometime.)

A lot of fantasy books and manga were written to be escapes from reality. Otherwise, we wouldn’t appreciate reality at all.

Tiffany’s gravatar

I commented your last post.. i dont think it went through.. ugh

I hope you find someone like Bing again, or someone who lets you in on another way to “escape the world.” I use to read manga. Fruitbaskets (I think that is what they are called). You could always go to B&N or the library and read it all day 🙂 I know people who do that. One o my best friends reads manga all the time.

Reading is my escape too! I love reading. I love putting myself in their places and just growing with the character. I usually (if the book is good) finish books in three days, about. What books would you recommend?

ps we haven’t talked much lately=/

Stephanie’s gravatar

Oh yeah. Forgot to mention that the proofreading was a lot harder than I expected. Because correcting grammar so that it’s readable is one thing. Making it “correct” in addition to making sure that nothing is lost in translation and that the characters are true to themselves was hard.

Sarah’s gravatar

I absolutely love reading. It really is a way to just escape, and sometimes, that’s exactly what we need.

Caity’s gravatar

Manga always fascinated me. I used to browse through them in the bookstores all the time but I never really got into them.

Reading is definitely a great escape. You can go anywhere with a book especially with a good imagination! 🙂

Christine’s gravatar

I was a big fan of Manga when I was in high school. I sold many of them when I hit college, but kept all of my favorites. Marmalade Boy was my #1, as was Legal Drug, and Forbidden Dance. Everything else I sold though. There’s nothing wrong with reading to escape. I do it all the time. I think it’s healthy!

Georgina’s gravatar

I think you’d make a great teacher. You always find the flaws in teachers these days and I’m sure you would do anything to do a lot better and give other children something good.

I think it’s great you were interested in manga! I read some, but I didn’t quite enjoy it. It’s not really my thing, though I do watch some animes from time to time.

I always read to escape from reality. It is so relaxing, it’s like going into another world. I get so sucked in that sometimes people have to actually yell at me to get my attention when I’m reading. I also dislike being interrupted when reading. XD

I very nearly broke into tears. When I was younger I used to cry a lot when my computer died… a LOT. I hated it so much, and I felt so unlucky, I thought, “why me”. Now I just sit back and deal with it, I know computers aren’t really as smart as us, or they’re like us in the sense that sometimes they get stressed out and cannot cope.

I hope that CS course you’re going to do isn’t THAT boring. ;_;

Oh well, I don’t take math… my university course has nothing to do with maths. Everyone goes along taking their own path, mine is more English-oriented, I think it’s good because I think it’s important to know about language too. 🙂

Good luck driving and looking for the class. 🙂 I’m sure you’ll figure it out and someone won’t mind helping, just leave a bit earlier to be prepared. 😀

Sara’s gravatar

Liz — Reading is one of my favorite activities. I have done it since I was a little kid and still escape in my books. I read mostly fiction, usually mysteries. When I was young, I read every book in my grandparent’s library. Fortunately for me, they also liked mysteries. I read a complete series of Charlie Chan. This really dates me:~)

Keep reading…it’s a wonderful way to learn new things and ESCAPE for a time.

Have a great day:~)

Alannah’s gravatar

Still, I love the preview of the comment at the bottom. Haha 🙂 I didn’t see the theme credit until I finished commenting though 😛

It’s okay that you had to write 2 comments! I’ve only just had the time to check them, I was like whoa, 10 comments? Oh great -_-

Awh thanks! The theme took me ages to code. The header only took me about an hour to make and I was really impressed with it.

OH MY GOD, THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE SMILEY LINK. ^-^ I have new smilies now, they look better with the theme as well. 🙂

I’m glad my family don’t know about twitter or I’d have to protect my tweets! 😛

Isi’s gravatar

Thanks for the vote Sabby. 😀
It’s okay i do the same thing at time. 😀 Good luck at school, i hope you have a really great day. 😀
NLH still hasn’t upgraded your stuff? They are officially the worst host in history. If you ever decide to leave them i can give you a free reseller for a year if you want. 🙂
Payless here is not payless at all, you don’t pay less for nothing. It’s a lot of money.

I’ve never actually been interested in Manga, for some reason they just frustrate me. LOL

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