The fire I once had for reading has fizzled out. I do not know why. And I don’t know what to do about it. There are a number of books on my bookshelf that have gathered dust; Educated by Tara Westover and Grit by Angela Duckworth, just to name but a few. Btw, there is a lot of hype around the book Educated but surprisingly the hype has not found its way into my reading psyche. I got midway Angela Duckworth’s Grit and just couldn’t continue. We are six months into the year and I am yet to finish a single book!
Before you judge, please know demanding day-jobs happened. And you-tube too. There are channels that have completely taken over my life. The Playhouse (CTA), Over Twenty Five, Africa Farming, The School of Life (Alain de Botton), in that order. Throw in a bit of Conan, NBA and Netflix. See? Anyway, the mentioned channels have offered their share of fun and meaning the same way books would have.
Speaking of day-jobs, it is not that I’ve been that busy, but. I took on some other demanding roles at school (leadership and all) and carried on with others, and enrolled for a number of classes (read assignments). Cycling, a hobby that I have nursed since August 2019 has been therapeutic in ways that I can’t give words to, and has therefore consumed much of my ‘free time.’ Football too. I’ve also been spending a fair amount of time with my Korean family, friends and Kenyan peeps around here.
But don’t give up on me and reading. It is not that bad. I read papers (grad school demands), bikozulu, Doreen St. Felix, the Economist, emails (thank you school), and nicely written text messages. I hope that pretty soon this little fire left will translate into much serious reading