life,  reader,  writer

I took a break from reading for a while

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I know it’s not a good thing to break a good habit. Especially when it’s reading. Sometimes when you break something that works you can’t fix it back anymore. But I had to pause everything and reset myself and my routines. And I’m glad I did it, to be honest.

Sometimes, we start a routine that is made of a series of good habits every day and at some point, it all gets automatic and cool. But when it gets too automatic, there’s a good chance you’re not gonna enjoy it, because when you turn on the auto-pilot, you’re not the one who’s driving anymore. Does it make sense? You become a passive passenger waiting for the final destination, getting numb and sleepy on your seat or you start getting anxious because you’re not there yet.

That’s when you know you have to pause and create a new routine, rethink your habits, refresh or reset your machine.

I don’t believe there’s such a thing as a reading slump or writer’s block. What I know is that life sometimes gets so overwhelming and automatic that you don’t want to read, you don’t want to write, social media and other distractions become dull or even a burden for you, work feels painful, and you don’t feel like doing anything at all at the same time as it doesn’t seem like you’re doing or achieving anything at all.

So, before I’d let that happen, I decided to pause for a week. It was important and wonderful because I realized what was wrong and was right, and I confirmed to myself that I can’t live without reading and writing. I knew that already, but it was important to become aware of that once again. I love reading and I love writing, whether it’s my novel or my blog posts and captions. But that pause, that conscious pause brought me new ideas, new connections, new thoughts, a new flow.

My point here is that we have to be aware of these little signs that appear in our life before it’s too late. When you feel overwhelmed, when you think you are in a reading slump, when you think you have writer’s block, you might be actually feeling the motion sickness of an automatic life trip where you’re passively watching the landscapes blurred through the window of a passenger seat. And that’s why it feels like you’re losing the wheel. Because you’re not driving. What I think you need to do is to pause everything for a week or for as long as you need to get your sh— together, and rethink, redesign, repurpose. Just like what I did with this blog, for example.

Now I’m back to reading. Now I’m back to writing. And I’ve got new ideas that I’m gonna share with you with the same old passion but with a new and revigorated energy.

Questions: Have you ever paused your routines and habits for a few days to get your sh— together? How did it feel and what did you do? Or, if you haven’t, what do you think about all that?

4 Comments

  • WithloveMasi

    Majestic comparison the one with the passenger watching mechanically the blurred landscape. I also think there’s no such thing as a writer’s block or reading slump. But now that I read this post, I will look for signs that might be leading me to the automatic mode, because honestly, I haven’t written in days, and I’m stil reading the same book from last week. I’m glad I landed your post to get some insights. Thank you Beardy👌

  • Sladjana Kovacevic

    I like the autopilot comparasion. I do pause, sometimes just a little walk when the book I am reading is too overwhelming and I need time to think it through and sometimes when I go somewhere for a few days I don’t read at all, to get my mind clear. As for the writhing, I don’t write every day. I write ocasionally, when I really need to. I wait for the ich in my head to become unbearable

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