Wow, this is the first time I’ve had so hard of a choice choosing which emoji would fit me best…
I’ve been a bookworm since before I can remember. I use/d books to escape whenever life got too hard, which was often. I loved, loved being read to as a child. But, I so rarely was given that joy, because I could read on my own. My partner reads to me now, when we have time and energy, and she does a fantastic job, with dramatic renderings.
Music has been another place of solace in my life. I can feel with music what I so often have a really hard time feeling in “real” life. Music and books give me an outlet for emotional expression that is often unfindable for me in everyday life. It’s not that I’m incapable of feeling or expressing emotions (actually very much the contrary, I tend to feel emotions very strongly) but that I find it hard in many/most situations to feel at ease enough to do so.
Ever since I could read, maps have been a fascinating part of stories. Granted, the maps I have explored in stories have been fictional ones. And I would be much more comfortable exploring a fictional world than I would be exploring the real one. But I am good with a map, learned to orient well with topographical ones during a couple summers of work in the forest service as a teenager.
This would be the least likely emoji I would be interested in (especially seeing as its a cruise sort of ship, rather than the much more romantic tall ship). The current series of books my partner and I are reading take place on some rather fantastical/magical tall ships: Ships with sentience. Sadly, especially in cramped quarters (belowdeck), I am rather prone to seasickness. So, the romance of ship life is often short-lived.
And then there’s the tree…Ah, this one is likely my pick. No matter where I go, or what I feel like, if I can find a quiet hiking trail, I can usually find myself. It may take me several hours, it may take a lot of shouting internally, or it may be near instant. Something about being in the majesty of the woods: the smell of the earth and trees; the way the air feels; the sounds of the wind or moving water; (NOT the bugs happily feeding on me). Being in the woods feels like being home, and it also feels like a deeply spiritual experience, which I guess don’t have to be contrary experiences. It’s hard to describe. There’s awe, and quietness: a soothing calm that I don’t find much elsewhere. There’s joy in the wonders all around (a small wildflower, a colorful insect, the shape of a tree). Being in the woods is one of the most rejuvenating experiences for me.
So, yeah, I guess I’ll go with the