You know the feeling you get when you read something that resonates. You feel seen, you feel heard and you feel connected, often to a complete stranger.
But this person was able to form something that encapsulates a feeling or a moment from your life. It can often serve as a reminder that we’re not so different or as separate from each other as we sometimes end up believing.
If you can be moved by words written 200 years ago then our problems, challenges and experiences aren’t so unique to us, there are plenty of other people that know what it’s like. In my teenage years I liked to beelive that somehow the author knew that I’d need to read their words, almost as if they wrote them just for me. Of course that wasn’t the case but it was a nice thought at the time.
I’ve held on to that idea but allowed it to evolve a little. As someone who writes and shares their words, I never write with a particular person in mind but I know that people are often drawn to read about things they can relate to.
I’ve read great words that have moved me and so I hope to do the same. I guess it’s sort of like taking one and passing it on.
‘I wrote this for you because of what they wrote for me.’
When it comes to the things we do in our day to day life, I think it’s important to make it as easy as possible.
If you want to read more, have a book on your bedside table instead of tighly slotted into your bookshelf.
If you want to spend more time with friends, make plans in advance instead of getting frustrated that they aren’t available with short notice.
If you want to drink more water, fill up a water bottle and keep it with you wherever you go instead of waiting until you’re thirsty.
A big part of changing your habits and the way you live your life comes from making a conscious effort not simply wishing you could be different.
Right now is a difficult time for a lot of people.
One of the easiest things you can do is read every article, keep up with live news updates online or on TV, scroll social media and panic.
But the chances are those things aren’t actually helping. Knowing the ever’changing stats of cases in countries across the globe is probably not going to bring you comfort or put your mind at ease.
Most people use social media in excess on a normal day but it’s likely that things have been ramped up even further recently.
Seeing people tell you what they think you should think or how they think you should feel might only add to your frustrations, not soothe them.
And so right now it’s worth being a little more intentional about what you’re consuming.
You don’t need to keep up with everything.
I used to love reading and I did it any chance I got. I’d stay up late with a torch reading a book under the covers until I could keep my eyes open no longer and as soon as I woke up I’d start reading again.
It was something so simple that brought me so much joy.
But the older I got the less I read. The time I used to spend reading was replaced by youtube, watching shows online and social media.
Now all of a sudden I’m in my twenties and read 100 times slower and it’s much harder to get engrossed in the books I read.
I think being on my phone and laptop, constantly switching between tabs and apps has trickled over into how I read. Reading is a calm thing that requires focus and time and I don’t give as much attention to those kinds of activities like I used to.
I miss the love of reading I used to have so I’ve decided to try and get it back.
I’m starting with reading to replace some of the time I’d spend watching shows and so far so good.
What was the last book you read?