Finding Time To Read

It used to be so easy. When I was younger, I would read all day long. During class, after school, at mealtimes, before bed. I would stay up late into the night engrossed in a book. I was never too tired or too busy to read. Now, I work a full time job, have a house to maintain, have to cook for myself, and am tired at the end of the day. This week has been especially hard as I’m expected to be at evening events for work. So, at the end of a long day, I come home and I want to relax and read, but I’m simply to tired to focus. It doesn’t help that the book I’m currently reading (“Guernica” by Dave Boling) is interesting, but not especially engrossing. I want to find out what happens next, but not enough to stay up an extra hour and force myself to concentrate.

So, how do you find time to read in your busy life? Do you have any suggestions for me?




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To J:

Discover Your Own Path

J- I know you’ve been feeling stressed about moving. It’s a big step and a daring choice. I doubt it will be easy and it certainly won’t always be fun, but it’s something you have to do for yourself. No matter what I think or your parents think or society in general thinks, you have to do what is best for yourself. If that means that you’ll be 1,700 miles away and I have to fly out to see you, then that’s what I’ll do. If that doesn’t work out and you end up in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Sydney, or back in our neck of the woods, I will be there. You have such huge potential stored in you and it’s not being used here. Go where you think you’ll be happy and let the naysayers talk. We will always be friends, cross my heart and hope to die, and no amount of distance is going to change that. Sure, the relationship will change. We’ll get older, get married, I’ll have kids. We’ll find new things to talk about and old things to reminisce about. And there may be times where we go a while without speaking (hopefully not, though), but no matter how long it’s been or how much has changed, if you call I’ll answer. If you say you need me, I’ll be on the next flight or hopping in my car and driving straight to you. So, go pursue your big adventure!

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