Go to your public library.
I know this sounds both archaic and kind of like a PSA, but you should do it just the same.
Go to your public library. Walk in and feel the soft, soothing, impenetrable silence that you can only find in the library. Look around and see the people sitting, reading, and enjoying themselves, or simply checking their social media on the library’s electronics. You never know.
Once you’ve entered go all the way back into the forest of books. You’ll feel as if you’re surrounded by magic as you take in all the knowledge that can be put down on paper.
Don’t stop to read anything and don’t let yourself be seen by anybody, especially the librarians, but just keep walking further and further, until you’ve reached it.
You’ll know when you have. It’s that place in the library that nobody goes to. The books on these shelves have not been read for years, decades, out of print tomes with the spines peeling and the beautiful embossed coverings slowly disintegrating. All those beautiful novels, going to waste without anyone to look after them, to read them.
But I digress.
As I say, you’ll know when you have arrived because nobody will be there. But it’s not just that nobody is there. You’ll feel as if you’ve walked into somewhere that you shouldn’t have walked, disturbed some sacred ground. You’ll look around, hoping that someone, anyone, will walk by, disturb the peace, break the silence. But no one will.
Now sit down. It doesn’t matter where, but if you value your life don’t touch the books. Now wait. This is the hard part, sitting there in the gloom and dust, the smell of old books slowly and surely overwhelming your senses, making you confused and sleepy. Don’t fall asleep. Do anything in your power to prevent yourself from nodding off, but don’t make any noise and don’t touch the books.
Just sit. Wait. Eventually the sun will go down. The librarians are “supposed” to check if there are people still in the library when they close up, but nobody wants to walk into a dusty, dimly lit section where nobody goes to anyway. Besides, they’ll think with a shudder, it’s creepy in there. They’ll grab their car keys, put on their coats, turn off the lights, lock the doors, and walk away.
Are you still awake? If not you’re dead.
Have you touched the books? If so put this down and run, it doesn’t matter where. Find somewhere, anywhere, with light and stay there until there are people around. Good luck.
If you haven’t touched the books, and are not asleep, slowly get to your feet. Now the entirety of the library is at your disposal. Go ahead, touch the books, they don’t care anymore. You can read to your heart’s content, an entire world of information and literature, fact and fiction, is at your fingertips, and all you need to do is reach out and touch it. You can stay forever in this library, reading and learning, without sleep, or food, in that corner of the library, the pages lit by the light of their eyes.
Credit To – Jabberwock314