Ohhhhhhh, I started with such high hopes way back on January 1st 2013. Last year, I read fifty books. Granted, it was a struggle but completion of this objective made me feel like I had achieved something.
This year, I wanted to relax a little bit in my reading habit. Give myself some time to actually enjoy the books I had selected to read. Unfortunately, 2013 had other plans for me and I’m now at the point where I’m nowhere near my reading goal with just over a week to go. (I’ve only read twenty-one books this year at the time of writing). But, I’m going to be objective here and ask whether my inability to meet this goal is a failure. From a personal point of view, I’m going to say, “No”.
Whilst I’ve not met a personal objective in my reading habit, I felt that I’ve done other things which I would happily trade off reading books against:
– I read three “chunkster” books. Admittedly, they were a difficult proposition, but thoroughly worth the effort;
– I’ve been to Ireland where I managed to conquer my fear of heights by crossing the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge and seeing the beautiful Giant’s Causeway;
– I’ve been to my first major live athletics event at the Olympic Stadium in London – something that has kicked on my passion for the sport and will see me attend further events during 2014;
– On a further sporting note, I’ve been to three major Rugby League finals, including a World Cup final;
– I’ve made new friends through books and general “geekery”;
– I went to my first ever comedy gig. (If you ever get the chance to see Adam Hills live, grab it with both hands);
– I’ve been to the Netherlands for the first time and met my blogger bestie, Mendy, for the first time;
– As part of my visit to the Netherlands, I visited a theme park and conquered another fear of rollercoasters (okay, I was a wee bit nervy, but I enjoyed the experience), I’ve seen beautiful art by Vincent Van Gogh and Rembrandt and had the privilege to visit the Anne Frank House.
– And, just to round off my Dutch experience, I’ve eaten raw herring, Bossche ballen, Bitterballen and Oliebollen for the first time;
Granted, I missed out on not hitting my reading target, but, as yet, the sky hasn’t fallen on my head. Real life has taken more of a focus this year and without wishing to sound like an Oscar speech I feel richer for the experiences I’ve gained in real life.
I will look to read more books next year. I may succeed, I may not, but if 2013 is anything to go by, I’ll look to enjoy the life outside the pages of the book, alongside the adventures that I experience within.