Last night I cracked open, "The Deep Blue Good-By", written by John D MacDonald. I heard it referenced as great pulp fiction and an enjoyable read. While I take joy from many of the things I listen to, read and watch, I think its fair to say most have an objective beyond escapism or guilty pleasure. I started this book because it intrigued but also as a deliberate derivation from the norm. There are many moments when I feel I need to be furthering myself in my professional and personal journeys. Everything should be building on the next so I might achieve some higher level of "being". Its one part want one part supposed to do this.
While I may have been aware of this in the back of my mind, it confronted me while reading a list from Ryan Holiday about, "How to travel." Its a great perspective on what to focus on and what to let happen while on the road, especially for those of us who are planners and worriers. But at one point in the list, after stating, "Read books, lots of books. You’re finally in a place where no one can interrupt you or call you into meetings and since half the television stations will be in another language…use it as a chance to do a lot of reading", Tim Ferriss, who had re-posted the article, "I strongly suggest that non-fiction bigots (which I was for 15+ years) read or listen to some fiction to turn off their problem-solving minds. The word bigot, directly next to non-fiction, grabbed my attention in a dramatic way. While it unsettled me, if forced me to think about the persistent push I feel to grow rather than just chill out.
So with that, I've begun a more deliberate focus around bringing more fiction into my life without judgement. If I like it great. If it bores me, I'll just move on to the next one. I hope I never lose my curiosity and joy from evolution and growth. But I also hope as I age I learn to take my journey a little less seriously.
Go Forth Boldly
"Stress is now the achiever word for fear", Tony Robbins