The short answer? Nothing.
Therein lies a problem. I love reading and always have. As a kid, I used to read all the time. Even through college and all, I was a reader. Once the technology age came, I kept up a bit. I made life easier and started reading via a Kindle. I like it because it’s light and easy to take with me.
But somewhere along the line, I stopped.
Sure, I still read the newspaper every day. But I’ll be honest here — despite being a former newspaperman, I can get through the local daily just as fast as it takes to wolf down a breakfast sandwich or a bowl of cheerios. There’s not a lot to it anymore, so it doesn’t take long to read. Any national news I already know about, and the local stuff isn’t always that appealing. It’s quite amazing how the paper has changed over the past 10 years.
And yes, when some magazines come in, I still read or leaf through them.
Alas, the bulk of my reading is online. Be it sports news or regular news. The world works at a fast pace when it comes to news, so the reading is done that way.
But books — for some reason, I’ve fallen off. I’m not sure why as I like to read. But I used to read before bed. Problem is now when I go to bed, it doesn’t take me long to fall asleep. And if I read, often times the Kindle will come crashing down on my face because I start to doze off and my hands release the Kindle …
With that in mind, I recently started my third attempt at a Day Zero Project (a post on that will be coming soon), and one of the goals is to read a certain amount of books over the 1,001 days that this challenge happens. My thought process is that it will force me to get back into doing something I love to do.
Reading books is a wonderful thing as it can allow you to disappear in the words and the world in which the book is set. Be it fiction or real life, the books can allow an escape, which is something we all need.
How about you? Reading anything good or do you need to get back into it, too?
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