This past week I have engaged most of you in the question of what you would have been in another life. In another life, I would probably have been an actress or a dancer on Broadway. But I can never be all the people I want or live all the lives I want. Now can I? Wrong! In books, I have experienced the life of an actress AND dancer on Broadway! Well, maybe these books influenced my opinion on what I would have been in another life, but hey, only the weak minded refuse to be influenced by literature.
I have traveled as Maya Angelou in her third volume, ‘Singin’, Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry like Christmas’. From Chicago, to Venice, to New York, to Europe and back home in Chicago. I have raised a son single-handedly and for the love of music, I ran a record store.For once I knew what it felt like to be denied the natural womanly wiles and I had to accept it. But boy, I could dance! My dancing took me places I couldn’t have imagined.
Then yet in another book, ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’ by Claudia Caroll, I have lived the life of an Irish actress who got married early and had to put her acting career on hold and suffered the frustration of having a lonely marriage with no career! But still, I have traveled from the Moorings, to Dublin, to New York, to Washington and back home as one Annie Cole. After a long time of no acting jobs, I landed a major role on a show that took me on an expansive tour in New York forcing me to take a one year marriage sabbatical. ( Something I probably will never have to do in my marriage life to come.) Anyway, in New York, I lived in a lush apartment and would shop at Barney’s and Macy’s! And being the foodie that I am, the crew’s dinners and nights out were my favorite parts!
I could go on and on about what I have been reading, but I have said a mouthful already. You have to agree though that to read is to voyage through time! Truth be told I did not have a reading culture and only developed it a few years back when I started to read short stories. But after I started reading, I could not stop. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
A funny fact is that I do not buy my books, most of them are usually gifted. Many thanks to friends like Edyth Kemunto and my mother dear Njoki who is also a writer! I guess good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience is the ideal life.
A reading tip: Do NOT read health books so religiously. One day you will die of a misprint!
Other books I would recommend:
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie