I have spent 19 of the last 26 days, in some capacity, at the library. As someone who is not presently a student, that may seem exorbitant, even weird. I’m sure it is.
But I learned a lot about myself in the process of establishing this streak. The routine of making time for the library each day is something that I really need. I’m learning more and more that I benefit from the regimented nature of such a routine.
It allowed me to explore the city of Boston in an unconventional way (I went to 6 different libraries over the course of the streak). It allowed me to focus more attention on reading and writing- we just cancelled cable at my house, and to have a way to find a substitute for the mindless time that I spent in front of our TV has been rewarding. It provided a quiet space that I don’t have at my apartment to do things like study for the GRE and finish doctoral program applications. And perhaps most importantly, I found the introvert’s ideal: a way to be alone, while still with people. It is a social endeavor for me to be able to be among people at the library (I did get to speak to new people while I was there) while at the same time focusing on what is generally a solitary endeavor.
Between my time at the library, and other evaluations of what I’d like 2013 to be, I’ve determined what I want my #oneword2013 to be: