I was going to start this with something about admitting you have a problem. That’s not the point of the post, though. The point is accepting that I don’t read like I used to and that it is OK.
I’ve mentioned ad nauseam that I used to read 100 books a year.
I would read all the time.
I would carry a book with me at all times and read while I was waiting in line.
I would read during commercials back when we still watched commercials.
I would sometimes read one physical book while listening to another on my commute.
I would finish a book and immediately pick up another book and start reading.
That has all changed.
I rarely have a book with me when I leave the house unless I know there will be a long wait.
When I watch a show live, I no longer grab my book when the commercials start.
I don’t listen to books in the car, partly because I don’t drive as much as I used to.
I generally take a day between books these days unless I have one on my shelves that I am particularly excited about.
I take more breaks from the book I am reading.
I will probably be closer to 50 books this year than 100.
I used to stress about this. I hated that my reading numbers were down and saw it as a problem.
I no longer see it that way. It is just a change. It isn’t a bad change. It isn’t a good change. It just is what it is. I have accepted that.
I will read when I feel like reading. I will feed bad books to the dust bunnies without guilt. I will stop caring about an arbitrary reading goal I set on Goodreads.
Change happens. You just have to learn to live with it.