Let's say you're going through...stuff. As is the case, you know, with most of humanity. And let's posit further that you're feeling mixed up and uncertain. Also fearful: fearful is big. Maybe, possibly, you're taking a chance, which you know (somewhere) is a good thing to do, but it's still terrifying. Bonus points if whatever you're doing involves a major blow to your income.
Am I being cryptic enough? I think so. Suffice it to say that I am going boldly where I have not gone before, and it's scary and good, then good and then scary again. And what do you do when you're doing that?
Well, you read a good book is what you do. Something so true to itself that it blasts away any inclination to hesitation, and leaves you cleansed and shocked, a little bit how you feel after being wiped out by a wave and then you've landed on shore: out of breath, disoriented, happy to be alive. (This is assuming your mouth is not full of sand.)
I'm thinking maybe Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Or Anna Karenina? But that might be because they are both haunting my coffee table for various reasons, and I already know I love them.
Perhaps I should venture further: any ideas?