Amalgamation of Life, Graduate Student

Can this be considered self-induced torture?

A goal I set for myself earlier this year was to read 5 non-school books. Can this be considered self-induced torture? At first, I definitely felt this way–that I was going to be too tired, have too much work to do, and not really enjoy reading for fun. I think I honestly forgot what fun reading can be and how fulfilling it can feel. So, let’s check in and see how I’ve been doing in this goal:

Books completed:

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhaban

Books currently in hand (HA!):

  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Books on the table (ha, ha, haaa):

  1. Once Upon a Dream, a twisted tale
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I fortunately have had more free time this summer than I initially thought I would–taking into consideration wrapping up Curtains, preparing for All Shook Up, agreeing to A Charlie Brown Christmas, and continuously working on Forum.. when would I find the time? I had to schedule the time and it was one of the best decisions I made for my sanity and my life. I started carrying around my book(s) and breaking it out instead of my phone when I was waiting for my friends/dinner or enjoying some alone time before rehearsal.

I was eager to take some time off from reading scripts and going over plans for any of the shows I was and am involved in. I didn’t realize how much I was going at break-neck speed to accomplish all of my professional goals for theatre, school, and work. I really needed to remember what was important to me and, honestly refocus/realign my personal goals. Not even professional actors or directors focus only on productions, why would they? They’re real people and have other interests.

I can’t only focus on theatre and work, I need to introvert myself and relax my mind from constantly working. I picked an ‘easy’ series to read, it’s one I had read when I was a kid, and I was happy to revisit it after such a long time of ‘only’ movie watching. I also joined a book club! My friend at Disney in your Day recently created a new Disney book club–it’s all virtual and the proposed books are easy reads. I’m excited.

We had tried to do an in-person book club last year but it’s hard to coordinate every ones schedules, what to do? With the advent of the internet, we are able to host reading parties online! The month of September is dedicated to read the book and in October, we’ll be hosting our discussion. I can hardly wait, ’til next time!


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