Happy end-of-July, everyone!
This is a brief wrap-up post that I’ve been meaning to publish for the past week.
Since I moved across the globe with my cat, things have been busier than usual. Jet-lag, a 14-day quarantine, grading, settling in, among other things, have kept me occupied.
But all is well.
Although I haven’t had the opportunity to write and publish a lot, I’m excited about my upcoming projects for Reading Under the Olive Tree!
On that note, I have read only two books this month, A Door Between Us by Iranian American writer Ehsaneh Sadr and The Headspace Guide to Meditation & Mindfulness by the wonderful Andy Puddicombe. This means that I haven’t been able to catch up with my reading goals this month. I also have left a couple of books unfinished and learnt that it is okay to do so.
As a professional who reads and writes for a living, not sticking with my reading goals used to bother me. A lot. Sort of like leaving a book unread or not finishing a book, you know? I’m sure you know (especially if you’re a bookworm). But as I transition into my new life, I’m learning to find joy in leaving a book unfinished.
As comedian and writer James Colley has wisely put it, “We are here to fart around and enjoy ourselves not be guilted by books that were more dynamic and exciting when they were still trees. They’ve already lost you. It’s over. Let them go.”
Joking aside, the metaphor in Colley’s statement is powerful.
There’s so much to unpack here, but for now, I will just say that learning to stop feeling guilty about not finishing a book is a practice–one that makes it easier (and meaningful) to let other things that don’t serve you go.
I hope July has been kind to you.
What have you read this month?
What have you written?
Feel free to drop links to your posts and/or favorite pieces.