Sonal is a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, has taught the subject for years before she decided to get married and settle down with the love of her life. She was sharing with me, how her high level of engagement with her kids left her with no time for herself.
While most mothers/ parents go through this phase, she manages to cope with by adroitly balancing. She is a creative person who likes to read, paint, travel, write and is a shutterbug too. With one school going kid aged 4 and the other 8 months old; she barely has any time in hand to follow her passion. While she struggles to squeeze time for herself, she also worries about distributing equal amount of her time to both her kids. I was moved when I learned that even before their 2nd baby had arrived, the couple had always been cautious not to let the elder one feel ignored and neglected, as most of the times we pay more attention to the younger ones, due to their inability to express.
During her conversation with me, she briefly mentioned how she managed to go through Reader’s Digest, which acted as a breather for her. She said that reading took her to a different world. The way she said it actually made me ponder that we primarily read with the intent to gain information and knowledge, or for entertainment. We do not realize what else it does to us besides the above mentioned. It helps us in forgetting where we are. It is our best friend when we want to distract our mood. It makes us dream with open eyes.
How beautifully and effortlessly it enhances our capacity to visualize what we read…how aptly had Sonal put it across…it takes you to a different world! Doesn’t it?