I’ve been thinking a lot recently about daily habits. I wish I’d stuck to my daily yoga, and I kick myself for not spending more time cooking from scratch in the kitchen. Small things I surely should be able to fit in to my day. But, a few daily habits have managed to stick. Black coffee for starters (there was that one time I had a nutribullet instead but is was scary green and had no caffeine.)
With Rolo’s reproachful eyes, there’s no skipping the routine of a daily dog walk. The forest feels different every time. Even when it starts as a chore, once I’m standing under the sway of those tall trunks, navigating fallen branches and searching for badly thrown balls, it can’t fail to improve my mood.
I’ve also been sticking to a daily diet of at least 25 pages a day. I’ve taken to the habit easily, steadily consuming some great books. Reading Lolita in Tehran was a surprise find in Oxfam and an unexpectedly compelling read. Look out for it; seriously good. The Orenda was equal parts brutal and beautiful, one of those books that leaves you a little wrung out at the end.
Right now I’m reading See You Tomorrow, but cheating on it with the odd chapter of Rebecca (because this weather), The Zombie Survival Guide (essential reading, of course) and Children’s Speech Sound Disorders (for the day job).
In our days of speedy information, eyes flicking over the tl;dr summaries of endless useful articles, it feels an expansive luxury to spend time with a book, to listen to just one story. This year I’ve challenged my die-hard digital-age brother to read a real book. He often has to bear me harping on about the beauty of books. I think there’s something special about holding bound paper in hand, carrying it around with you everyday, spilling coffee on it, breaking its spine or bending a corner to save that thought.
Meanwhile, Brother has inadvertently set me the challenge of knitting with cobweb lace weight yarn, thanks to a beautiful silk bundle of the stuff he gifted at Christmas. I’ve found a pattern that suits itself to TV-watching attention levels so here’s hoping I can squeeze in another daily habit.