Life In Words

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When I was a kid (and even now) people liked to tell me to get a life. To pull my nose out of the books and start living. I guess they never understood that I already had a full life, a life in words.

I remember the first words that sprung my imagination and made me see things beyond the black letters plainly written on the white page. They were words that made me hear music, words that made me smell sweet and wonderful smells and words that made me see the magic for the first time.

All this started when my mom used to read me short poems almost every night and with her soft almost hypnotic tone I was deep in my imagination and saw nothing but life in the words she read so beautifully.

When I looked at the page trying hard to make the letters and start reading, the letters danced in front of me, taunting with my eyes as I looked at them again and again. From random letters, I could imagine a new poem, a secret poem that only I knew and I alone. I saw the words take life, acting a scene of magical beauty. When I was older I already knew the secret, a secret that others couldn’t see and it made it even more special for me.

No matter how much my friend tried and no matter how much I tried to show her, she never seemed to see it and feel it. It felt as if an entire world was concealed from her, she read the words but they felt plain or ordinary to her.

I never understood why.

Why can’t she see how much life exist in a simple word? A word like ‘lullaby’ takes form in front of me. Dancing to hushed tunes, or a little fairy floating on colorful flowers in a secret garden. A simple word as a ‘chair’ shows so much proud and respect, such simplicity, and glory. It seemed as if the word itself is bursting with movement and joy and life.

To her, it was just a word and nothing more. To me, it was as if they were alive.

It really fascinates me every time that there are people out there who can’t feel and see the life in words, can’t see anything beyond the written letter and their meaning. Now that I am all grown up, I know it’s ok that they can’t see beyond that.

Now I know how I can show them my secret and hopefully, they will see beyond and feel the life and excitement in the letters, the same way I see them.

I can feel the words, flying all around me, dancing in all the colors of the rainbow, singing in my ear. I feel their warmth or coldness and I know they are alive just waiting to be discovered like a magical unicorn so rare, yet so precious.

This just who I am, I guess πŸ™‚

What do words mean to you? I would love to hear your thoughts and I hope this post wasn’t too weird for you πŸ˜‰

Thank you so much for reading ❀

Galit

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27 thoughts on “Life In Words

  1. Such a beautiful article dear!
    Since childhood I’ve preferred the world of words to the real world and I still do… Reading is like meditation for, like a trance. As soon as I stop reading, the craving to read again starts pulling me again…
    I’m so happy that even you love the world of books… I highly respect people who can see things far beyond the perspective of most people. Imagination is all I have and I believe it is more than enough to live my life happily! ❀

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    1. Aww, thank you so much hun ❀ I feel the same way… It’s like binge reading, lol. You are done with one and ever before you are finish your mind start to think of new books to read πŸ˜€

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  2. Words are a wonderful and magical world to me. I think this began when my mother used to read, or make up her own, stories to me before bedtime. She showed me the meaning in stories, and that encouraged me to start reading. Most people I know don’t like reading because they can’t see the magic in the words. As you said, I hope I too can encourage people to read more and step inside the beautiful world beyond the letters.

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  3. Reading and writing poetry makes words come alive for me and every so often when I am reading a book or novel there will be a sentence that will just jump off the page for me.

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  4. Words can be many things: complimentary or opposite, colour or black and white. Smoke drifting from a chimney on a cold winter’s day, reading a book by the fire light, wrapped in an old afghan your Grandmother made. Tinkerbelle visiting Peter Pan in his cave or talking older Peter into once again believing in fairies in order to save his children from Hook. Words are what we make of them: good, bad, colourful, mundane or any other descriptive word you can think of.

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  5. People don’t understand what it’s like to read. It’s not just reading about an adventure, but it’s being a part of it. You forget you are even reading because you are so engrossed in the book. Very great post πŸ™‚

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  6. I read the dictionary as a kid. I always loved playing Scrabble! I still love dictionaries and look up words as I write. You can guess I have a ton of grammar/copyediting books on hand, and bookcases full of real books. Words Rock!!! Christine

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  7. I feel the same way about words! It amazes me that there are people in the world who don’t pick up a book after high school. It’s actually kind of sad because they just don’t know what they are missing out on. There is a quote that I love by George RR Martin that says “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads only lives one.”

    I have had people tell me to get my nose out of a book and get a life. I just quote Martin’s quote to them and continue reading. lol

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  8. A lovely way to express it. Words are passionate, and if you can see into them and beyond, they really are magical. Writers don’t write words, they write what’s inside them and expose all those hidden layers of meaning.

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  9. Not weird at all, words can indeed make magic. They make sounds that paint pictures and trigger emotions. When I was a child I used to laugh at certain words just because they sounded funny. I made a whole list of funny words, and I would sit reading them and laughing (the rest of my family could never get the joke). Now I incorporate them into my stories.

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    1. Awww ❀ That sounds so good πŸ™‚
      I can imagine you do that, lol, how sweet.
      Thank you so much for sharing this with us πŸ™‚ I am really happy to know that I am not that weird πŸ˜€

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