I had to get my pencil out again to take notes in the margins: Haig’s words are so apt and resonant, I feel like every other paragraph hits a nerve or deserves to be printed off and stuck on my wall as a reminder for the bad days.
Mental health and wellbeing should be valued by society in the same way that physical ailments are. Everybody has mental health and everybody struggles, yet mental health remains such a stigma. It’s crucial that we normalise dialogues about mental health because dialogues literally have the power to save lives!
Haig has once again created a universally relevant guidebook for humans who are trying to survive the chaos of the modern day, with its infinite distractions and relentless pace. I’m only 50 pages in so far but I can already tell that this book is going to be special for me, in the same way that Reasons to Stay Alive is.
My love for @mattzhaig and his profound writing continues.
I really do believe that my love of books and literature has saved me in recent years.
In Midnight Library, Nora Seed learns that books offer infinite possibilities. I concur. They’re new, exciting worlds and brave characters who take us out of our realities when we’re locked down at home, mentally exhausted and unwell. They’re beautiful reminders of potential and hope. They help us to look inward and reflect, but they also help us to broaden our horizons and consider perspectives, peoples and places that we wouldn’t ordinarily come into contact with or think about.
I was scared to start reading Midnight Library because I felt a little fragile and didn’t know if I was in the right mindset to appreciate it… But it was exactly the remedy I needed for where I am in my life right now and a very pleasantly easy read. I would definitely recommend for anybody who struggles with anxiety: it would be a great read for a commute to work, especially if you’re nervous about the prospect of returning to work or travelling post-lockdown💜