Yes, it’s true.
I haven’t blogged in 80 days and in the blogging world this type of inconsistency can often times be disastrous. But I felt that if I didn’t ‘cut the fat” for a while I would be cheating myself and anyone who either reads the blog or stumbles across it. Cutting the fat for me has been taking a few steps back in order to re-connect with what makes me, well….. me.
I’ve been reading and writing in a journal again. I’ve been cooking and baking. I started exercising and planning on returning to my usual circuit of local runs. I’ve been spending time with my husband, visiting family and friends. I’ve been going on long hikes and longer drives. I’m clearing my head and have lived to tell the tale.
I’ve come to terms with being okay with the simple person I am and the simple life I want to lead. I took stock and have decided that there are a few things that I want to accomplish in this lifetime and I will do whatever it takes. Most importantly, I have decided that I am worth having dreams come true.
I also finished a book in under 24 hours. I can’t tell you the last time I got into a book that much. But I know myself well enough to know that is a great indicator of how far I’m come back from the ledge.
The name of the book is “The Storied Life of A.J Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin.
The story is about a bookseller named, of course, A.J. Fikry. The narrative follows him through years of ups and downs in his life. What I really liked is that his emotional evolution throughout is so familiar in it’s growth patterns. He starts the story out as this kind of jaded, snobby, eccentric well-read fellow and ends it with this epiphany about life that makes total sense. Another thing that I liked is that the changes are subtle and not too far out. I can’t stand it when characters go through all of this crazy stuff and then everything just works out. Life isn’t like that!
I would really love to go into detail about how I feel about the story but don’t want to be a spoiler.
One other draw for me is that every chapter is headed with a shelf talker that he has written. The titles are all real and at the end of the book, you can go to the authors website for a list of all of the books mentioned. I do believe that I will partake in that reading list and see if I can pick up on anything. How fun would it be if the author crafted that book in such a way that a reader could read the mentioned books, get into the main characters head and the story somehow continued?
And as I apparently fully plan on finding if my theory has any merit, I also plan on keeping all of you informed as I go along! My humble suggestion though, is to pick this one up. It’s worth it! And as you can see from my wonderful photo, you too can most likely acquire it from your local library….
All in all, it has been an eye opening two months. I feel inspired to be more present in my life and to not put so much pressure on myself. One major accomplishment is that I’m coming to a place where I have a full appreciation for how I see the world.
I’m learning to give myself credit.
It’s the hardest lesson I’ve ever had to learn.