The Distracted Reader
Jarad has pulled himself away from his plants and books to muse on his recent distraction from, "important," things.
If you're like me, you're easily sidetracked from, "important," things to things that interest you more. For example, instead of cleaning the house or washing dishes, I'd rather go plant the baby's breath I've been growing from seed or read a book or two. Instead of folding the laundry, I'd rather go check and see if my zinnias have all bloomed yet or find a nice place to finish my book under the apple tree. My mom has told me since I can remember to, "get my priorities straightened out." (Fantasy novels and flowers sound like great priorities to me, but in conversations such as that I've discovered that it's best not to quibble over trivialities).
This summer in particular seems to be one of endless distraction. If I'm not engrossed in a novel, I'm out working in my gardens. I seem to have no space left in my mind to think about anything that might be labelled as a, "priority." Returning to school seems a long way off yet, and as such my mind refuses to acknowledge it. Yes, perhaps I should find out what textbooks I'll need this semester, but really who has the time when there are roses to planted and spurious weeds to be pulled? Hammer out a grocery list? Must I, when I could be updating my book buying list? Sorry mom, for that last one. I really should've mentioned that we were out of coffee.
So you see, my descent into gardening madness and book mania seem to have drastically worsened. I have all the symptoms of an un-prioritized, daydreaming loon. My prognosis is grim, and will inevitably worsen in the coming weeks. However, I'm not that upset about it. I think we all must do more of what we enjoy, and make time for the things that make us happy.
Jarad is the co-administrator and writer for Sacred Chickens, attends college at MTSU, loves tea and coffee, and tries to spend every spare second reading. He recently developed an interest (some might say obsession) with gardening. Jarad is an English major with a concentration in literature. Bless his heart! Let's all light a candle for him and send him happy thoughts!
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