✨ Despite being a writer these days, whilst at college I didn’t do so well in the literature modules (my favourites). What I read into great stories wasn’t what the “Literary guides for students” told me I was supposed to be thinking. It was implied that my ability to think freely for myself, outside of the box, was somehow not a good thing.
One of my favourite writers of all time is the Argentinian Jorge Luis Borges. The most divine imagination, a dreamer, philosopher and creator of magical words and fantastical beings. He’s renowned the world over. And yet the abstract, mystical things I interpreted in his writings weren’t the things I was told I should be getting from them.
Cut forward about 25 years and now I’ve been asked to teach children about Borges’ stories.
And yet, there is nothing really to teach. Because the single, most important lesson is always the same:
Read, listen, observe, feel, experience … and then enjoy your precious, sovereign freedom and think for yourself. No-one knows better than you what message you are meant to take from anything in this life. 💜