So this post would be entirely different from my usual posts on this page.
How was 2021 for each and every of you?
2021 was a hard year from me coming off 2020 I was in a perpetual state of stress and tiredness, I lacked the motivation to do much and just wanted to lay around doing nothing. I spent the year away from my family and friends for the first time, I made new friends, faced new challenges but my reading habits suffered and this hurt me badly.
I found it really hard to read the way I used to and was in a slump basically all year round. Old favourites did not help and I had a lot of DNF books this year on no fault of the author because majority of them were from authors I love and had read frequently. I just couldn’t read them the way I used to. I definitely read a bunch of books but majorly I read books which I had to read because I had signed up for them. Sometimes I struggled to meet deadlines, other times I read before the deadline arrived and sometimes I missed the deadline altogether and I felt bad because I had made commitments but my heart just wasn’t in it any more.
I began to wonder why I couldn’t enjoy the one thing I used to love so much, why I found it hard to just lean back and enjoy a book, why I had not been able to read a book just for the sake of reading and not because I had a commitment to put up a review, not because I don’t enjoy doing that, I love helping authors promote their works but it soon began to feel more like a chore and not something I enjoyed doing.
I had so much plans for the year when it came to reading and blogging and bookstagram but in the end it didn’t work out because I was so tired and worn out and my heart wasn’t just in it.
I’m still not over my book slump, but I’m learning to take it one day at a time, reminding myself that I don’t have to read all the books in the world. I would not be able to read all the books that come out in a year, not even for CF and IT’S OKAY, I’ll be fine.
I hope this encourages someone out there. You might not have accomplished everything you had planned to, you might have missed out on your goals by a wide margin but it’s okay, you are surviving, you’re alive and in good health.
I pray 2022 brings in a much calmer and clearer path for us though it’s shrouded with uncertainty, I pray we lean on God more closely trusting that he has it all under control.
Happy New Year everyone and wishing you a blessed 2022