Here’s the thing with books….

I love books. I have lots of them.  Hard back, soft back, digital, used, new, I’m not picky.  I love them all.  I have a couple shelves dedicated to different genre- fiction (sci fi, historical fiction, pop fiction, Christian fiction etc), non-fiction (cook books, crafts, hobbies, health, diet, exercise, kid care, bible studies, bibles, self-help, gardening and prepping…yes, yes, I know….). If you need information on a subject, I most likely have a book for that.  It’s hard for me to get rid of books, even ones I’ve read and wasn’t too thrilled with.  I love pursuing books, I love purchasing them (much to the chagrin of my SO) and ultimately putting them on my shelf.  But here’s the thing with books: they don’t do you any good unless you read them.  I can’t gain the knowledge in them by osmosis.  I’d like to think that by having the books, I automatically know more.  But here are some lessons I’m learning:

  1.  Having lots of diet and exercise books, doesn’t make me any healthier or thinner.
  2. There will always be another book about diet and health, you don’t gain anything from those books unless you put it into practice and actually DO what they say.
  3. Having lots of self-help books (how to overcome depression etc) doesn’t make me happier.
  4. Having lots of Bible study books on hand will not make me understand God any more unless I actually read them and study them.

I think we’re all looking for the “easy” button.  My easy button just happens to be that I have the information, in the event that I actually get to reading it one day.


Bottom line is: You need to READ the books and DO what they say in order to change your life.

About Thirtysomethingscientist

First and foremost, I was attempting to come up with a persona that reflects who I am. Yes, I am actually thirty-something years old. After you hit 30, the actual number doesn’t matter. Its important when you’re in your twenties to distinguish between being 22 and being 28. Those 6 years really do mean the difference in maturity. It’s a difference in being in college, to being out in the real world (at least for some). It’s the whole coming of age spectrum. However, when you hit thirty, you’re assuming that you’ve already been through the painful growing pains of a first job, first place to live and generally first time out on your own. You hit your stride in your 30’s. It is the abundant decade….You’re old enough to know better (this is a generalization, mind you) yet young enough to pursue just about anything. Secondly, I think that most parents, or even singles for that matter (e.g., everyone), can consider themselves a scientist. We plan, we course correct, and we have outcomes. We try different methods to get the desired result. We find out what works and what doesn’t. We recommend, we advise and we adjust. Everyone does it. We are all scientists.
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