Monday, October 1, 2018
'The Girls' Just Wanna Have Fun and a few musings about life and upcoming reading...
First of all, let me explain a little about the picture above. All my things to wear for a 'walk for a good cause'. My daughter and I, along with her mother-in-law and another friend, did this last year. It was the first 5K event I had ever participated in. Since that time, we've done several. This year, my daughter decided to form a team and invite more people, among them more of her husband's family and her co-workers, other labor and delivery nurses. We are 'THE GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN' team. Some are wearing more '80's type clothing and hair - me, I'm just pretty much 'pink'. By the time this post appears, we will have had all our 'fun'. We raised quite a bit of money and were glad to do so!
I wasn't sure if there would be a good 'team' picture, but this one was great! My daughter is in the middle hugging her niece. I'm right behind her. The three ladies on the left are my daughter's mother-in-law and two sisters-in-law. The two ladies on the right are my daughter's work colleagues - other L&D nurses. And the precious niece in front.
We walked up Congress Avenue in Austin to this destination - the Texas State Capitol building - then turned around and walked back. So many people (and pups) and all doing the 'pink' thing.
Now, something different. Are you a worrier? A 'what if' kind of person? A perfectionist that tips over into 'too much of a good thing but now is just too much angst' person? Let me be blunt - do you have anxiety? I can answer 'absolutely' to each question I posed. My tipping point on this issue is sometimes very broad and sometimes quite narrow. Life throws stuff at us - sometimes good - sometimes bad - sometimes a mix. If one is an anxious person, the reaction may be much the same - 'what if, what if, what if???'.
All this to say that I've been going through a bit of an anxious time lately. Maybe more than a bit. Nothing bad is going on. In fact, good things are being planned and taking place. However, my reaction some days is the same as if the events and plans are scary. I've been like this all my life. Mostly, I do all right. Sometimes I don't do as well. Interestingly enough, it usually shows up in my reading or lack of reading. When my reading life is messed up, I am messed up. For me, that means it's time to 'change it up'. Change my reading, I mean - what I'm reading or how or sometimes even if reading happens. It helps me cope with my anxious feelings.
A couple of observations - I am weary of psychological thrillers, unreliable narrators, and characters that I can't relate to or like at all. I am weary of keeping up with the newest, the most shiny, the recent publishing trends. I know that I can read whatever I want, but sometimes I'm like a kid in a candy store with the 'new, new, new'. I am weary with reading faster and faster in order to get to 'all the books'. This is all self-imposed behavior, but I think it's time to go in a different direction.
I've been reading a couple of books lately that came across my path at 'just the right time'. Tomorrow I'll talk about the first one - Anne Bogel's I'd Rather Be Reading. I'm also making my way slowly through Max Lucado's Anxious For Nothing. I've also enjoyed checking in on several blogging friends who read older books - mysteries and other things. I'd like to do more of that. I've talked with Robin at A Fondness For Reading recently about doing a 'Book Group Read' in honor of Robin's Mom (more about that later) and in her memory. I joined the Classics Club earlier in the year and have not read very many books on my list. I'd like to read more of those, especially in 2019.
I have the rest of October scheduled for the most part. Starting Wednesday, I'll be on a break for a week or a little more. After October, I have no idea what I might share or read. I'll spend this month deciding and thinking further about that. So, more musings to come.
I will still be around and will share about 'Bookish Nostalgia' and 'Guppy Book of the Month'. I'll talk about any books I read on my 'Classics' list. However, I might decide to reread a lot of books - perhaps a whole series. I might only mention older books. We'll see. Mostly, I'll try to remember to 'Just Breathe'. That was my aim for last year and this year as well. I shared that in my first post of the year and I can see that it's time for a reminder.
Thanks for listening! Thanks for coming by and visiting about books! Thanks for being my friends and companions as we sort out not only our reading journeys, but our lives. You are all most appreciated!