Growing up, I was always the worst at finishing books and now, a sophomore in college, is it starting to make sense to me as to why I have spent the majority of my life ignoring sections and chapters of books. The reason for that was because more than anything they didn’t interest me. Honestly this habit started to worry me as I entered my freshman year of college, knowing very well that as an English major, I would spend a majority of my college career reading books that I didn’t have any interest in. To keep my grades up, I read when I have too, but when it comes to what I like to read for leisure, I take my time and often I never even finish.
If you don’t know anything about Eat Pray Love, just know it is about a middle-aged woman who gets divorced, leaves her lavish life in NYC, and takes a year long journey around the world trying to find herself. In some ways, I relate to the middle-aged woman just going through the notions of life, and trying to find things that make her happy. In college, I feel like we get stuck in the routine of school, work, and school again; it’s hard to find time to figure out what makes us, us, and why we’re here in the middle of everything hectic that is college.
“You’re wishin’ too much, baby. You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be.”
― Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Whiskey Words and a Shovel didn’t really seem like my kind of book at first, but it was gifted to me by one of my sorority sisters who recently graduated, and if she saw something in this collection of poems that could mean something to me, I thought why not give it a shot. Along with a hand-written card, that I now use as a bookmark, this book brought me little slivers of wisdom to look back on in getting over a rough day. Lucy, my friend who gave me the book, had started “doggy earring” some pages, and wrote in the card how she had yet to finish it, but had to buy her own copy after giving me this one. “Read it when nothing is right, and I promise, in a weird way, you’ll find the answers you’re looking for.” Oddly enough, tonight was one of those nights, I turned open to the page I ended on last before calling it a night, and everything I needed to hear was right in front of me.
“good vibes only:
give silence to negativity
understand that those who wish
to harm you in any way
and or disrupt your piece
don’t deserve the energy
it takes to respond
to their actions
stop engaging with those
who can’t afford you”
- R.H. Sin
I’ve noticed something else too, I don’t necessarily like to finish books, and my busy schedule isn’t an excuse to that. Reading is a hobby of mine, but more than that it is an outlet. I take what I need from it, which is probably why I am so picky with what I chose to read, and then I put it down when I am done. I like the idea of always learning and evolving. When I finish these books, hopefully in the next year or so I will always have the doggy eared pages to return to, and to help me remember my funny little saying that never fails, “Nothing but Light”. Take what you need from the books around you and don’t always feel obligated to finish things you’ve lost interest in, invest in you because these are our years to do so. Take a penny, give a penny, pick up a book, give it to someone new.
Till next time,
Nothing but Light,
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