Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.― Ayn Rand
As you all may remember from my last post, I listed a few recommendations for all of us to try in order to get through this period of time in self isolation or in quarantine. Hopefully you all have had a chance to try some new things or get out and enjoy that beautiful weather we have been having (responsibly)!
I laid out a few goals that I had set for myself and the results so far are going well. I have completed my first book and have managed to extend my runs to 7 km for both Saturday and Today.
One thing I was not able to achieve was the weekly recipe and album review. To be perfectly honest, with what has been going on lately in the world and in my own personal life, Sunday kind of crept up on me. I did cook a meal but it was nothing fancy and pretty well based on what I had in my fridge… Some brown rice vermicelli, left over pork loin center chops, crushed peanuts, and frozen veggies make for an easy, improvised Vermicelli bowl. I paired it with a Gin Sour which was also very simple, 2 oz Gin, 3/4 oz Lemon Juice, 3/4 oz Simple Syrup; Shake in shaker until chilled.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I have a pretty substantial reading list that I am looking to try and get through with some of my extra time. It may seem somewhat daunting but, since I quit watching TV a year ago (More on that later this week), I have been able to fill my time in other ways.
The first book down is a book titled Night – by Elie Wiesel and can be found on Amazon if you are interested in picking up a copy for yourself.
One thing you should know about most of the books that I will be reading, is that I have a tendency to lean towards some heavier material. Also, being a history nut, most of them will be based on historical events or eras. This book is no different. This is a powerful autobiography by the author about his and his families time spent in WWII concentration camps. This book is graphic but you probably wouldn’t expect any less from a first hand account of those places. It’s only about 120 pages and doesn’t take very long to read but every page and every world is gripping. I expected this book to be sad but I was also somewhat surprised at how the author touched on the strength and resolve that the human condition can endure. How even in the most horrific and unrelenting circumstances, you never stop being a human being. Is that to say that coming through hell wouldn’t change you? Absolutely not. This book is worth the read, whether you are versed on the Holocaust or not. Actually, especially if you are not, it might help to bring some things into perspective. Especially with today’s current events.
What are some of your favourite go to books?