I was doing some household chores yesterday, with the television on as background noise, when something came on that caught my attention. It was a young man talking about the importance of simple pleasures these days.
In difficult economic times, such as the one we are going through now, when most of us can't afford to buy large ticket items, take extravagant vacations, etc... it's the simple pleasures that get us through. For some it's a great meal, or perhaps a haircut or a manicure. Little things that won't break the bank, but will make you feel good.
For me, it's reading. You want to travel back in time and visit a Scottish castle? Do you want to solve a murder mystery or meet a brooding sexy vampire? Or maybe you just want to have a good laugh. Books can do all that and more. They make us sigh, or laugh or cry. They sweep us off our feet and make us forget our troubles for a while. They remind us that there is magic everywhere and that everything is possible.
I look forward to new releases as much as I do going on vacation. Some are a little pricier (though if you've been waiting a year for this one book then it's worth it), but there are also so many inexpensive books out there, especially now with e-readers, that are wonderful, that take you away for hours at a time. There are many books out there as low as .99 cents, or even free. You can even download most e-reader applications for free onto your computer!
So next time you're thinking about those simple pleasures in life, or the next time you need to get away for a while, think about all of the possibilities a great story can offer.