This is probably the most opportune time for me to post this blog post as in the last week I have posted three review posts without their reviews. So today I wanted to talk a little bit about how sometimes reading isn’t always the perfect pastime. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love reading and it is one of the things that has kept me sane the most over the last few years and kept me entertained during my childhood years. But sometimes, just sometimes reading isn’t right.
What I mean by this is that reading actually requires a lot of brainpower and when you’re ill or overly tired, it can sometimes just be easier to stick on the TV and get immersed in a story a different way. In my opinion this is not a “lesser” pastime to reading but is just the perfect option when you just don’t feel you have the energy to read.
On top of that, reading also requires a lot of focus. Recently I have been severely lacking in focus. I am not 100% sure why and wish I could get down to the bottom of it as it would make my life easier. But essentially, I am at this point in my life where I am watching TV and playing a game or working or blogging at the same time because that’s the only way I can do things. I almost need to have my focus on two things to truly appreciate each of the different tasks at hand. But reading isn’t something that you can really do at the same time as anything else.
Lastly, but certainly not least, another problem I’ve been finding with reading is that when I struggle to keep my focus, as above, on one story, I end up wanting to start something new or different and before I know it, I am in the middle of twenty books and I haven’t finished a book in ages and as such I feel a little bit like a failure – which is not true in the slightest but is something that occurs because of blogging, unfortunately.
So, as you can see, sometimes reading just isn’t the right way to pass the time. Oftentimes when I get in these moods, I yearn to read but I don’t because I know that it would ruin the story because I wouldn’t be in the right mood for it. Instead the TV is opted for as a way to just zone out and give my brain a bit of a rest.
Do you agree? Or do you find that reading is always right?