As I mentioned before, this whole post-grad-existential-crisis thing is a weird place to be in. For someone who’d rather have her entire life planned out at the age of 21, sitting in a place of unknowns is a little unsettling. However, I’m learning day by day that maybe this is exactly where God wants me to be. After all, I’m the kind of person who can get so wrapped up in plans and lists that I lose sight of the little lessons all around me.
To encapsulate more of what I’m learning as a twenty-something, I’m adding a new weekly segment to the blog (okay, I like planning…) where I’ll be sharing life lessons, wellness tips, and generally any other good advice I’ve encountered along the way. We’re going with What I’ve Learned Wednesday, for now, and I’m starting off with one of the things I’ve gotten back into this summer: reading!My mom taught me to read when I was three, and it’s been one of my favorite pastimes ever since. Unfortunately, the college rush left me with little time for recreational reading, with the exception of the occasional Buzzfeed article. Now that I’ve got a little time on my hands, I’m trying to spend at least an hour a day reading. My goal is to alternate between biographies (to learn how the greats became great), classics (because being well-read is never a bad thing), and a book on spiritual growth (because new perspectives are wonderful!). There’s such a wealth of information out there, with thousands of books written in so many times and places. I figure if I have enough time to scroll through Facebook or frantically refresh Pokémon Go, I should at least make this a priority.
Things I’ve read so far…
- An American Son: A Memoir by Marco Rubio. Senator Rubio was one of my favorite presidential candidates, and since he announced he was running for Senator again, I wanted to learn how he got there. I loved how honest he was about his mistakes and character flaws—most particularly his struggle to balance his family and his work life.
- Frequency: Tune In. Hear God. by Robert Morris. I randomly picked up this book at the library, only to find that the author is a pastor at a church in Dallas that I was looking at a few days ago! This was a good and easy read about why it’s important to hear God (aside from the times that we need something!) as well as developing the skills to do so.
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. This book always intrigued me because I liked the title name, but I had no idea what it was about until I started reading. I love dystopian/utopian novels, so this was definitely interesting, and the last paragraph was an intense ending.
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. I had started this book a few years ago but never finished it. Rereading was definitely a good choice, as I appreciate Lewis’ straightforward and rational way of discussing some of the basics of the Christian faith.
Up next on my list: a biography of FDR and a few classics from Ernest Hemingway. Here’s where you come in! I would love to read one of YOUR favorite books and give an update on what I’ve read each week. It doesn’t have to fit in one of the categories above—just tell me a book you love and why, and I’ll add it to the list!
Also…sending me funny articles or quizzes on Buzzfeed is always acceptable. Let’s crush the rest of this week!