The year begun and found me standing in the midst of all the newness and freshness around me. Everyone was excited, furiously scribbling newness on planners and journals, penning down their goals , dreams, plans and whatever else they could jot. As I caught myself surrounded by all the activity, one of my friend’s turned to me, with all the enthusiasm she could muster and asked a series of questions, which only felt like I was the target of a firing squad! “what is the one thing that you want to achieve this year?”,” Where do you want to go?”, “what do you want to do?!” and for a moment, I was blank! I stared deep into my friend’s eyes, (somehow hoping that if I stared long enough, the answers I sought would be found in her eyes ) and drew a blank.
I went back home, dejected. sad. and somewhat disappointed. Everyone I knew had something going on with them, something they were looking forward to, they were alive and seemed to have an exuberance I had since lost! I read all the blogs that had “new beginnings” “new dawn” “how to get your groove back” and sadly nothing was working. No matter how hard I tried, I was unable to “Lean In”
and then, that is when I decided to do, what I do best! Keep calm and wait for it … READ A BOOK! I know, not the most inspiring thought, however, this has always worked for me. In times of great anxiety and stress, or when I feel lost and adrift from the real world, I always grab a book, coffee pot full and get lost in a book, another world, where I can relate, and they can relate with me. And so I read. it took 2 books, ( I will be reviewing them later) to get me out of my funk and by the time I was done with the 2nd book I felt like I could face the world. 1. because I was somewhat on a book high, and 2. It was 5 days into the new year, and all the hullabaloo about goals and plans and what not for the year had somehow died down, and I could relate with people without the pressure of sharing what I look forward to, into the new year. (or so I thought)
So if you are wondering, do I finally have it all figured out? Do I have any goals or plans for the new year? My answer nope! I have none. I just know two things, 1. Books are my stress buster, so I need to start a reading challenge to keep my juices going. and 2. I already have 2 books up for review. how about that? The rest? well the rest, hopefully I will discover in a book.
What is your go to, when you feel like the world around you is spinning out of your control? Share in the comments below. We would love to hear them!
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