Gratitober · Journals · Lifestyle

Gratitober: Entry 22

22. I’m grateful for books.

When my family and I first moved to Canada, my mom used to stay home with us. She would take us to the library so that we could check out different books and learn new things. At school, I would always want to get new books from the Scholastic sales and I would spend a lot of my spare time reading books. However, high school changed that and I pretty much stopped reading books altogether–I didn’t have the attention span, discipline or interest, I just wanted to go outside and hang out with my friends! University made me need to read books, sometimes turning it into a chore, but definitely expanding my vocabulary and knowledge.

Now, I’m out of school, I have a steady job, and I’ve been thinking about ways to be more productive in my spare time. This summer has been life changing for me. I have a vision for my life that I never really had before, and I’m willing to make changes in my life so that I can achieve those goals. Books have been helping me so much.

Most of the problems I’ve learned about myself, I learned from reading the Bible. It has a way of almost helping you look into yourself, encouraging you to dig up the weeds and plant better seeds. I’ve been doing a lot of that recently, too. I’ve also been reading books that relate to my current situation in my personal life.

Some of the books I’ve been reading, lead me to ask questions about myself that I would never have considered to ask. They really dig deep and reveal things about me that I never noticed before. It’s a very scary and also empowering experience because now that I know what I need to change, and I can learn how to change those things and grow as a person.

I’m also more excited about my future because I’m currently in a situation where anything is possible. All the plans I had before have been wiped clean–the way I used to do things has failed me and now I get a fresh start to do things right. To make better choices, focus more time on the quality friendships I have, serve my church more, make a difference in the lives of the young women around me. There’s so much I can do! Even for myself. I’m so excited for this opportunity and I’m grateful for the books that help me stay aware, and take those baby steps to get where I aspire to be.

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