Reading. Who does it these days? Aside from reading an article on Facebook or an Instagram caption that could rival even some of the longest essays written; I pose the question, how often are you reading? Like truly reading. Something meaningful. That has purpose and substance?
As part of my journey to… let’s call it, self-fulfilment, I promised myself that I would do just that. Read. I have a personality whereby I say I’m going to do a lot of things, but find many reasons as to why I can’t do them right now.
For one, money was a factor. And let’s be real, books aren’t that expensive these days. Heck, they are even cheaper if you opt for an iBook. But being the traditionalist that I am, I decided I wanted the physicals. Something tangible where I could tag the pages and hold onto them in the moment. I wrote a wish list for the 7 books I initially wanted to read. I didn’t think there was any point purchasing them all at once, so I decided to set a goal of purchasing one a month. I’d have to save the money, then buy it. But, we all know that not every plan can go ahead without a hitch.
So I got made redundant from my job, I threw caution at the wind. I looked every book up on Book Depository, added them to my basket and to my surprise it only totalled $101. Within a week, they were on my door step.
So why these books? What drew me to them?
At the moment, I’m feeling a little lost. A little unsure of my purpose; or where I’m going next. My whole life I’ve placed a lot of emphasis on the future, and at times the past. But the now. The now was a foreign concept. Ironically, for much of my life, I’ve always told myself to “live in the moment” but I’ve never really understood how I could do that. So, I’m hoping with the help of Eckhart Tolle, that The Power Of Now can open my eyes to all its glory.
I’ve been following Simon Sinek for some time now, only a few months, but he’s made quite an impact. He’s the guy that did the rounds on Facebook only recently. The one talking about millennials – you’d know it. Well, he seems like a pretty smart cookie and his global best seller Start With Why has been on my radar for a long time. Knowing your why, be it in business or as an individual entity is so important. As he says “It doesn’t matter what you do, it matter’s why you do it’.
The Happiness Trap comes highly recommended. Today, more than ever, with the aid of social media and the highlight real that we are constantly putting out into the universe, we are all so caught up in being utterly and blissfully happy.
The more we strive for happiness, the more it eludes us. I couldn’t have said it better myself… literally.
How To Talk To Anyone started out as a bit of joke. I picked it up in a bookstore, thought it was funny and immediately connected with it. But, I decided not to buy it. I can’t tell you why, maybe it was a financial decision, I really don’t remember. But after that day, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Being a seriously good part time introvert, I actually thought I could benefit from such a book. So, I’ll let you know how I go.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck. Enough said. I give WAYY too many F*CKS.
Now, Thinking Fast and Slow scares me a little bit. It’s a big ass book, written by a very intelligent man. It delves into the notion that our minds work at two paces, something I can definitely relate too. I’ll let you know if I make it through to the other side!
Breaking The Habit Of Being Yourself. Because I don’t believe I’m perfect and I definitely don’t want to settle… just yet.
All in all, as you can see most of these books are quite spiritual and mind-related. This is due to my anxiety, which I established to be true in 2015. I’m not ashamed to say that I sought out help. I visited a psychologist monthly, and now every other month. And for anyone that feels they need a third party, expert view on their own first world problems then I’d encourage you whole heartedly to see someone. There’s no shame and no judgement.
In saying that, I also feel that you can’t be too dependent on external assistance. It has to come from within, and you have to learn for yourself. And for me picking up a book, is doing just that.