I know I said that I would not be making any major resolutions in 2013 and what I am making are hardly resolutions. They may more properly be termed good intentions – good intentions to broaden my horizons.
Before I got married I used to read a book a week, sometimes two. Sadly, with less time on my hands, the number of books that I would read per month started to decline. Last year I reached an abysmal low. I doubt I read more than 6 books. It’s definitely time to remedy the situation. I’ve made a ‘resolution’ to get off the Internet twenty minutes early each evening and to spend the time reading - my brain needs it and my soul craves it.
I know that a book is working it’s magic on me when I can’t bear to put it down yet feel a certain sense of loss once I’ve read the last word. I’ve chosen Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love to start off the year. I guess I want to see what all the hype was about (and once I’ve finished it I might watch the movie to see whether they strayed as far from the original story as they did in Under The Tuscan Sun). But I don’t just want to read best-sellers. I would love to discover some literary gems that have been over-looked by the critics (and, more importantly, by Hollywood). So please feel free to give me some recommendations.
I am noticing that I am searching inward again, striving to listen to my inner voice and seeking an oasis of calm. Perhaps it’s the best way to start a year: new books, more music and long, solitary walks with my camera round my neck – perhaps, in my own way, I’ve made some resolutions after all.