Hello, wonderful readers!
I’m sure most of you can look back and remember middle school and high school you – going to the library, grabbing a dozen books, and reading them in two weeks. That used to be me. Though that hasn’t been me in at least a year and a half. The thing is, the older I get, the more I realize something; reading is hard.
Now, I really, really wish it wasn’t. I wish that my first instinct was to abandon all adult duties and bury my nose in a book that transports me to the world of fae and fairy alike. To explore a mystical realm so unlike my life of sitting at a desk in a 9-5 job. That’s the problem with growing up, folks; we start to lose a bit of that childhood magic. But depressing adult realities aside, I do really miss the speed and vivacity that I used to read with. I think overly long textbooks have ruined wonderfully thick novels for me, but hopefully not forever XD.
But what is the point of this rant, Oceane? You might be asking. Just get to the point! I promise I will. Before I get to my incredibly helpful and practical advice *note the sarcasm*, I just want to acknowledge that if you were known as a big reader as a child and have lost that same passion for it, that’s okay. Where we put our time and energy changes as we grow older, sad as that might be to recognize. And if you’re in the same predicament as me, hopefully this makes you feel less alone.
But anyway, on to the the classical three points that hopefully won’t be entirely meaningless 😉
Put Down Your Phone. No, Seriously
I’m just as guilty as the next person of spending unhealthy amounts of time on Instagram, Facebook… insert any social media that you like. Listen, it can be addictive! You start scrolling and suddenly it’s been an hour and all you’ve done is watch people make 30 second clips that turn your open afternoon into late evening.
Something I’m trying to be mindful of is putting my phone down. I’ll take a walk outside, go for a drive – anything to get away from a screen. And for those of you struggling to read who want to read more, this is also a perfect opportunity for that! So often, I find that it’s not that I don’t have time to read, it’s that I never make time for it. Which leads into my second point.
You Probably Have the Time, You Just Don’t Care Enough
Listen, I say this one especially to myself before anyone comes for me for the harsh words XD. But it’s so true! There have been numerous times where I said I was too busy to read, yet I went on Instagram for 40 minutes without batting an eye. Sometimes the time is there, we just don’t realize it or can’t be bothered to make the effort to read. And I get it, opening an app on your phone is so easy. Your phone is probably right next to you as we speak (or maybe you’re reading this post on it now). Sometimes in actually doing the stuff we enjoy, it takes effort! Which brings me to my final piece of advice/point.
Some Pleasant Things Take Effort
Just because you enjoy it doesn’t make it easy. And if you’ve settled into a life/habits that don’t really allow for reading anymore, then it’s going to take even more effort! For a while, I just expected reading to become easy for me again, like riding a bike or breathing air. It was a tough pill to swallow when I realized that I wasn’t the voracious reader I used to be. Honestly, as a kid, I put a lot of stock into the fact that I read. It was always one of the fun facts about me; something that made me, well, me. I used to take quizzes to test how fast I could read and I’d always join the Goodreads challenges because I wanted to prove how much I loved to read. It was a part of my identity. Now… not so much. I’m learning to be okay with that, even as I look to my bookshelf that is filled with books I purchased and still haven’t read.
If you really and truly want to get back into read (or anything that used to interest you, for that matter) you have actually have to put in some effort. It’s not going to be easy. And that’s what I’m realizing myself and wanted to share with you all.
A lot of my blunt personality came into play in this post, but a lot of it was geared towards myself XD. Hopefully you enjoyed this rantish rambling of mine, and I hope to have more consistent posts up soon!