This week we got to go to the beach, and I grabbed this Time Magazine to go with me.
Only very recently have I accepted the fact that I have a very limited attention span. (It's bad, guys. Too many stories to share them all here.)
In high school I would beat myself up for only being able read 2-3 pages at a time before drifting off into daydreams. Whenever I heard about those magical, mythical people who could read riveting chapter books for hours at a time (like in a sudsy bubble bath or in a chair at the beach), I felt a pang of pain. Why couldn't I be like that too? To this day, anything requiring more than 10 minutes of my attention makes me feel like I'm in a mental rodeo, trying to lasso and force my mind into submission. (I still haven't read the Harry Potter series for this reason.😥)
I am learning, though, to shut down the rodeo and just relax into who I am and how I'm wired. Four-hundred page novels aren't my thing, and that's perfectly OK. My brain can handle short articles and bite-sized chunks of information. …Like this magazine I picked up about creativity, for instance. In the one article I read, I learned that Leonardo DaVinci was very much a distracted person too, and that makes me feel entirely happy. "The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding." - DaVinci
I believe life gets better when we stop resisting who we are and instead try to understand ourselves a little better and settle into how God designed us to be... Messy, creative, intuitive, curious, caring people, flaws and all. 💙
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Are you a big imaginative reader, or do you like to take in bite-sized chunks of exciting information like me?