June 14th, 2020
Right when the first protests and riots were happening (maybe 10 days ago), I found myself glued to the TV, glued to Instagram, and glued to Twitter.

Checking and refreshing for the latest news-bites and feelings of "what is happening in our world right now" but also, "I can't look away".

A few days passed and I kept doing the same thing - wanting more "news" and more drama. 

But, nothing was really changing - just more of the same, regurgitated news and social media.

But I wanted more. I felt gross.

I decided it was time to take a break from social media. 

I logged out of Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

I go on those sites and never feel fulfilled. I feel animosity and judgment towards the people in my feeds. I don't enjoy it, yet I keep going back.

I'm tired of watching TikToks, seeing Instagram posts with cringey taglines, or 140 characters of false wisdom.

I decided I want to read more. I want to be a "reader".

I want to read classic fiction from 1920, not quasi-intellectual motivational tweets from 2020.

I want to think more about the meaning of life from philosophers centuries ago, not from Joe Shmoe Motivational YouTuber.


I went to the bookstore the next day.

I picked up Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - a classic novel.

I read it in 3 days.

This was the first real physical book I finished in years. I've listened to lots of audiobooks, some Kindle reads, but this was the first physical book I read cover to cover in as long as I can remember (fucking sad, right!?).

I got "lost" in this book. It took me to a new world, a fantasy "dystopian" world that was so interesting to be in.

I forgot that books can do this.

No other medium can do this. TikTok definitely can't.


I'm vowing to read more.

It's not about reading the "classics" or the best self-help books.

Reading is about introspection, finding yourself, and it is a form of meditation. It doesn't matter what you read, just that you're reading something, consistently.

After finishing Brave New World I went back to the bookstore, but this time I spent almost an hour there, looking for a book.

I didn't go online for recommendations and I didn't care to look at Amazon reviews.

I just picked books off the shelf until I found one that looked cool. It's called "The Dog Stars".

Now I'm almost done with that one.


How much time did you spend on social media today? 30 minutes?

Imagine if you spent that time reading? 

If you did read a book for 30 minutes a day for the rest of your life, you could read 1,000 books in your lifetime. Imagine that!

I know we are all busy, but 30 minutes is doable.

On the subway? In a cab? Eating breakfast? Driving to work? Let's fill the time with books, not checking our phones.

Books are amazing. More to come.