We have only a handful of days left in the apartment, and in the city, and I feel the ticking of time with each passing day. This morning I awoke in a bad mood. I have a mountain of stuff to discard, and was quickly disheartened and overwhelmed. I thought about burying my head under the pillows and enjoying the weekend, but the truth was that I was not much enjoying the weekend anyway with this dark cloud hovering. So we just got right to it.
I purged myself of all the beautiful stationary I have collected over the years. Japanese pens, British cards, Swedish-Australian notebooks. All of it is being donated to work — I’m sure my public sector colleagues will appreciate it. It’s cathartic to let these things go, but it also makes me wonder why I didn’t use more of it to benefit someone else when given the chance. There are plenty of people who should have received a lovely, handwritten note from me… I hope I will remember the next time to pass on the joy and appreciation I have felt.
Along with stationary, another thing I tend to accumulate is books. I always imagined that when I ‘settle down’, I will have all of my collections in one place, displayed in my own personal library. I don’t know when that will be, and these books are taking up a lot of room in other people’s garages. But after recently purchasing a Kindle, I have decided to only retain the hard copies of the books that have incredible sentimental value for me and donate the rest. Sometimes you just have to be practical.
I have been reading a few things lately that I’ve enjoyed for varying reasons:
- You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One!) by Jeff Goins.
The quote above really resonated with me. I am making a more conscious effort to become what I have always wanted, but also to project it. I’m gonna fake it until I make it!
- Across Asia on a Bicycle by William Lewis Sachtleben and Thomas Gaskell Allen.
Talk about epic adventuring! My adventures without arranging visas or hassling with foreign currency pales in comparison with these adventurers.
- The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
A rather dark commentary on two personalities who seem to bring out the worst in each other. It’s beautifully written and I kept hoping for the characters to turn from their obsession with money, status and the never-ending party.
I’m looking for some more suggestions for good books to take on my career sabbatical with me. Do you have any recommendations for me?