Archive | July, 2014

My Problem with Books

15 Jul

It’s quite simple really: So many books, so little time!

I have books stacked neatly in every corner of my bedroom but no matter how fast I read or try to get through them the pile just seems to get bigger, or probably more likely never shrinks. As quickly as I have placed a book in the “Read” pile, one or two find themselves joining the “Unread” pile. It’s a never ending cycle. I imagine it’s a bit like trying to clear the driveway of snow while it’s still snowing. Nevertheless, I plow on regardless (pun not intended but I’ll go with it).

The one God-send about an hour commute into work on public transport is that, for the first time in my life, I do have the time to read. No excuses. It can be fun to lose myself in a book and forget about how long the journey is. I used to travel an hour (or more because of the traffic around Warrington) to work by car which meant that the option of  reading was a no-go. I would miss the time that I have to read. It is a luxury that many people don’t have in modern times. So much time is dedicated to work, travelling to work and relationships that simple past times like reading are sadly forgotten.

I, on the other hand, would love to dedicate a much greater proportion of time to reading and not just because I need to clear some space in my bedroom.

If there was a job where I would just be able to sit and read for 8 hours a day, I would happily do it. But just reading you understand: no writing review or rating books just the actual reading. It’s not going to happen I think but I can still have some hope.

I have read several books list that tell you top 100 books that you must read in your lifetime; a bit like a Bucket List but for books (an example of one is here http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml). And there are some on lists like this that I would like to read but look a little daunting. Think James Joyce’s Ulysses, which I would love to read but it’s long and requires long periods of concentration.

I found the picture below on the internet and I am pretty sure that it was written about me.

 

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Quote of the Day

10 Jul

If you want to be sad, no one in the world can make you happy. But if you make up your mind to be happy, no one and nothing on earth can take that happiness from you.

Paramahansa Yogananda

On the run…

8 Jul

After a break from running, more due to laziness than life threatening injury, I am back.

Before moving to Switzerland I ran a marathon and was working out hard at least 5 or 6 times a week. With the move and the upheaval (and the fact that to meet people it seems to be almost mandatory to have a beer), I just never sorted out my exercise routine. Now I have almost been in Switzerland for two years and I weigh more and feel less good about myself.

So I am back running. I even went running in the rain this lunchtime with some work colleagues. It wasn’t a long distance – in fact nothing compared to the distances I was covering when I was marathon training – but I did it.

Most people are put off running in the rain but I think there is something about running in the cold and the wet that gives you almost super human powers. Running with your head down and the wind blowing in your face, it feels like more of an achievement than running in clement weather. You almost feel like looking up to the skies and shouting “Come on weather! Is this the best that you can do? I’m winning!”

And that’s how I feel for now. Elated. Energetic. Enthused.

How long this will last for is anyone’s guess… I will just take it one step at a time.