For about a month, I started and stopped reading three books. None of these three books were interesting to me, and this always happens when I’ve just finished something really easy to read and satisfying, or after I re-read a familiar novel. It’s difficult to go from that frantic, can’t-put-it-down pace to something that requires more effort to get into. So I tossed those books aside one by one, started something else, tossed that aside, picked up something else…well, you get the picture.
I usually read sporadically throughout the day, whenever I get a minute. I read before bed, while I’m getting ready for work, when I take breaks from work, when I get home from work, etc., etc. So it’s always a big change when I just don’t have that thing to look forward to, that knowledge that no matter where my day is going or how many annoying things I have to do, I have a book to raise my spirits and provide entertainment and comfort.
Which brings me to the last month. I’ve been bored, stressed and dissatisfied for a few weeks now, and up until a couple days ago, I didn’t realize it was because I wasn’t reading a book. Instead, I watched too much TV, fiddled around on my iPhone too much (opening Instagram 4,000 times a day is draining), and became sluggish from going to bed too early and waking up too late. I was listless.
Today, I finally picked up a book again and forced myself to read past that slow beginning. Because it took me forever to get into, I honestly thought it wasn’t worth my time, but that was an illusion. I read to a point where I’m getting that awesome book feeling: that feeling like I’ve descended into another world and am letting myself live in that reality for as long as the book lasts, and probably beyond that. And what a difference reading a book makes! Already, I feel a little happier and more satisfied with my days. I feel less bored, less annoyed, less aimless, drifty and wandering (drifty?). Reading a good book infuses my days with energy, excitement and comfort.
Moral of the story? It turns out I need books to survive. But I may have known that already.
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