I’m retired. Some of my goals in retirement are to learn, read, educate myself, “be a better person” for my own sake. If some of this is a contribution to “the great society”, well, what a novel idea. “Self Matters” as Dr. Phil says.
Although I’ve read books fairly continuously throughout my life from an early age to present, I have been a very avid reader since I retired. I may well have read as many books in nearly six years of retirement as in a considerable portion of the rest of my life. I’ve definitely read more non-fiction than ever before.
I mentioned to a friend yesterday that I felt I should be reading more. I said I could easily be reading at least 2-3 hours a day. In retrospect I should have qualified that as I felt I should be reading my current books of intent 2-3 hours a day. I probably spend at least 1 1/2 hrs or more per day reading on the internet. I read emails, from which I get links to the NYT and WSH, other financial reports, general online surfing of news (MSNBC.com is a laptop favorite, Reuters.com is very informative from my Blackberry). I check YourHub.com to keep up on exciting local community details. I’m forever googling for every other thought I have that needs an inquiry. U-name-it.
But READING my chosen books, as in curling up with said good book or dvd lecture course for a couple of hours straight? Not nearly enough. Tooo much vegging (relaxing to the point of complete inertia) in front of the TV many evenings. “I” say I can, and will, do better.
How much time daily or weekly do YOU spend reading?