More favorites . . . less novelty
I love to read. Actually that may be an understatement. There must be a stronger term than love that doesn’t imply a psychological problem.
I’ve always been a reader. I don’t remember learning to read, I just remember being in first grade and getting to go to special class because I read so well. It is a like a thing just happened and I fell in love with words. (Incidentally, the only other thing I remember about first grade is kids asking/talking about breastfeeding. — How random is that?)
Until my journey with simplicity started several years ago, I had an enormous library. I mean big enough to actually be a small local library. I know this because when I donated my books It took 5 trips in a suburban and literally became a rural library. It doubled the number of books they had. Every once in a while, I’ll get a call from someone who is currently reading one of my old books. It gives me goose-pimples!
I now keep a physical library of around 25 books. A few more sometimes if I am learning about something new, a few less if I feel that someone else needs one of my books. Overall I try to maintain a one in-one out rule, but as long as the books fit neatly on my assigned shelf, I’m okay with some rule bending. In fact, now that I am doing more German – less social media, I decided to start a German shelf.
Most of my books are now on my Kindle (and also accessible on my phone if need be). I love the Kindle like its another child or fur-child. Seriously. I have so many books on there, that only Amazon seems able to remember if I already own a book.
It is for that reason that I decided during this “depth year” to focus on more favorites – less novelty.
I am committing to re-reading my old favorites (either in physical form or on my kindle) and not having a to-be-read list of new books for 2018. My only exceptions will be Louise Penny’s Gamache series and any German books (after finishing the series on my kindle and the 1st Harry Potter).
Along with this I am committing to watching my old favorite tv shows/movies that we already own rather than buying new series and movies on iTunes. And finally, the same will apply to my music collection.
. . . hmm, let’s just go ahead and add no new exercise videos or apps either. Lord knows I have enough already.