The statement “2020 was rough.” is an understatement, but it’s the truth. There were times during the year, often social media induced where I felt like I couldn’t think. I didn’t know what to think. I felt a lot, but didn’t know what to do with my feelings. My senses were hyper-aware of everything, so much so I couldn’t process any of it. Fortunately, several things helped me find clarity in the fog of 2020.
On this 23rd last day of the year I am grateful for books. They were my saving grace. I’ve always been a lover of books and reading, but it’s hard for me to read when I’m teaching and have a never-ending to-do list. So, I read during breaks, especially during the summer with my book club friends. I thought I’d be able to monopolize on the extra time the pandemic afforded us but my reading goals didn’t play out the way I thought they would.
Due to the pandemic, my to-do list was pretty short this year but I still couldn’t read. I couldn’t settle or calm down enough to focus on reading. Even if baby boy wasn’t around, my mind was too full, too fried and simply could not focus.
I don’t remember what the trigger was, but something told me to get on the TPL (Toronto Public Library) site and try out audiobooks. And here I am today, at 18 books for the year and counting. These books filled me up and continue to fill me up in the exact way I needed to be filled. As a writer and reader, audiobooks will never replace physical books, but I’ve never been more thankful and appreciative of them. Moving forward I will give them the reverence they deserve.
Thank you as always @TPL for helping me to be well. #imlibrarypeople #4life 🤓
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I fell off with reading and music this year. I’ll make a comeback in 2021!
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My ‘book’ reading was listening to audiobooks. Kinda cheating, but it was the only way. It was way too hard to focus on reading words this year.
Not cheating, just another way to intake the same info. 🙃