Hello my friends and thank you for taking the time to read through this blog. It has been almost exactly two years since I have posted on here. I could blame it on alot of things like, COVID, or lack of time, or working too hard. But honestly, I think I was just in a huge slump, like the rest of the world.
I turned 55 a few days ago and my priorities have shifted a lot in 2 years. Retirement and mortality are at the forefront of every thought I have. I fought through COVID just weeks ago, and I am here to tell you, it is not something to be taken lightly. It is very scary to go through. I was lucky to be one of the ones that made it, although I am still battling the scars from fighting it.
A few changes we have made in our life in the last two years is living more responsibly, more purposefully and to stop and enjoy the roses along the way. It isn't easy. It is almost a chore some days, but I know we are going to benefit from this way of living in the long run. One of the changes we have made is to reduce the TV time we were addicted to. There are many paths to leisurely pastimes I could have taken, but alas, I took the Netflix and streaming route. It was easy, took no effort on my part and I had comfort knowing that after work, I had a movie waiting at home for me, that was begging to be watched. With only a finite amount of free time, my other love of live, reading, was rather aggressively shoved to the wayside. At one point, I didn't think I would ever read another book again.
But, then slowly, my love for reading that I had, since I was but a child, started to be rekindled. I am not sure I can put a finger on any one thing that started to ignite my passion for reading again, but I will tell you, it is back, and back with a hunger that I have never felt before in all my years of living. I started to go through all of the books that are laying on my shelf collecting dust...I looked at the hundreds of books on my e-reader, just waiting to be read. I watched book-tubers, I read book review blogs, I read articles of the amazing books being written and some that are yet to come. At first thought, it is daunting to know that I will never read all the books I want to read in my lifetime. But then, to not even try to attempt to partake in what gives me so much joy in my life and leave it thrown in the attic gathering dust seems like such a waste to me.
Recently for my birthday, my loving family all pitched in and bought me
the new Kobo Libra 2 e-reader. E-reading has changed my life. My old
eyes aren't what they used to be and the benefits of e-reading are
incredible. The biggest benefits for me are the warm comfort back-lite,
the ability to enlarge the fonts to your liking, and the connection to
my local library to reserve and borrow books for free. I just love my new Kobo.
Well, that's about enough of my rambling. Thank you for spending time, and listening to my tales. Sometimes, I think the art of listening and having conversations is all but lost. Next post is about what the next month is going to bring and hopefully regular updates. Until then, stay safe and be well.