Have You Ever Stopped Reading ?
Have you ever stopped reading? I have and it was such an unusual and uncomfortable time for me.
I was in my early ’40s. I would start a book and couldn’t finish it! And this went on for quite a few months. And for a lifelong reader this was like a punishment. I felt so out of sorts and unlike myself. Strangely, it seemed to coincide with my getting married, moving to a new home and a new city. Was it stress, I wondered? But reading has always been my number was to destress!
A few months later, I found the real cause of this – I had developed cataract in both eyes. So it was unable to read quite clearly, I was giving up on reading from eye strain. As scary as having surgeries and implants seemed, I was happy that to have a real cause for my reading slump.
There are times though that one could have a reading slump. You want to read but you don’t really have the motivation to finish books. Or you read in a disinterred way.
If, like me, reading is a large part of your life, a reading slump might cause you to panic and wonder how you could no longer be an avid reader!
A real slump, unlike mine, doesn’t need surgeries! All you need is patience with yourself, knowing that it’s just a phase. You can ride this out by reading old favourites or listening to audio books. Janssen of Everyday Reading lists 9 Ways to Get Out of a Reading Slump.
I’d love to hear if you’ve ever stopped reading or faced a reading slump and how you dealt with it.