I have two passions in the world: books and shopping! In fact, shopping for books is one of my favourite pastimes! Ever since I was a little girl I have always liked to read. The first books I ever read were those classics by Enid Blyton. I was about seven or eight. I read my first full-length novel, Alice in Wonderland, at age 10, and it remains my favourite till this day.
There are some books that I like to read again and again as I get older, achieving a different understanding of them throughout life. An example of these is the Harry Potter series, undoubtedly a well-loved universe by many people and definitely cherished by me. In my adult years I have turned toward fiction and mystery novels. I enjoy following a protagonist as he or she attempts to solve puzzles and make connections, usually in the face of suspense or danger!
Regarding shopping for books, I enjoy picking out books for friends and family to read. Since I’ve read many books in my life, I love making recommendations to them./ Sometimes they ask me for book recs instead of actual advice, and I gladly give it! Whether it’s growing through puberty, moving on after a breakup, grieving a loved one or being faced with a difficult decision to make, there’s always a book out there for someone, and a part of it will always stick with the reader more than any piece of advice I could possibly give!
That’s probably the biggest reason why I love to read books. The experience of reading is different for everyone and what we learn or take away from books defines who we are. Every new book is a brand new, exciting adventure for me to go on, no matter what age I am!
Holiday shopping can be a very tiring chore to do. For some people. But for me, shopping in general, always gets me going. I loooove shopping. And I think many girls will agree with me when I say shopping helps shift one’s mood and energy. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment, that at the end of the day, I was able to shop for the things I need — well, also, for what I think other people need.
Yesterday’s weather was wet and crazy. Normally, I would just stay in bed and curl up under my cozy sheets on a rainy day. But the weather didn’t stop me from my love of shopping. I got up early and made sure to be at the malls when it opens. I was alert and organised — moving from one shop to the next, comparing prices in my head and heading back to those shops where I could get a better deal. It takes a lot of time and effort to weave through the shops to sort out for shirts, dresses, toys, groceries, etc. But I don’t mind the tedious experience. In fact, I love it.
This brings me to thinking why do we love to shop? Researchers say that this can be traced back to early history, thousands of years before Christ walked the earth. While men were busy hunting, women were gathering, which is contrary to what many believe that women just stayed home. Even in those days, women moved from one bush to the next, picking fruits and berries and making sure they picked the best for their families. It was a practice that went on and on and on. In the modern times, mass media made it more exciting for women to “gather”. They were involved in surveys and researches and focus group discussions as to which fabric, food item, kitchen appliance, etc is better.
As for me, these theories only give more meaning to my love for shopping. I am a conscious “gatherer” and I love it.