I read a 300-page book in one day recently, and it’s not because I’m a speed-reader or incredibly disciplined—it was exactly what I needed to be reading at that moment. I was swept up by the story.
To people who tell me they don’t like reading, I just don’t think they’ve read the right books. I’m not even talking necessarily about the ones I like or read.
Gone are the days I’ll finish a book or movie I’m not interested in just for the sake of finishing it. I’ve become keenly aware of when I lock into that thing, that essence, that feeling my soul’s searching for.
If it’s outside of that current category, of course it’s going to be boring, a task, something to check off the list because reading is a habit of “successful” people. Blah blah.
People live much the same way. They stay in circumstances, jobs, and all sorts of other bad storylines, because they’ve already started or don’t know of a better story. Sunk cost, fear of change, apathy, etc.
Try a different book. Change it to a different movie or show. Pursue the dream that’s right under the surface, buried below the obligations and expectations of those around you.
If it’s not connecting at a soul-level, it doesn’t matter, because even if you can trudge through to the last boring page, I mean that literally and metaphorically, you will have lost the time you could have spent reading (or living) the true page-turning story.
Nobody had to give me a homework assignment or deadline to finish the Harry Potter series when that seventh book came out. I didn’t sleep until I finished it.
Do you feel that way about your life? Your relationships? Your career? Is there a level of passion in your life that has no qualm with all-nighters and going to any length?
I was reminded recently by simply reading a book I found intriguing that sometimes all we have to do is lean into that’s small nudging that always in the back of our mind.
I promise things will start to get a lot more fun, interesting, meaningful, engaging, rewarding.