Sometimes, the amount of stuff we have to read can feel very overwhelming, but that’s only if we feel the pressure to read everything.
Bottomless feeds and endless scrolls contribute a lot to this feeling, not to mention the endless supply of new blog posts, articles, forum posts, emails, podcasts, videos, and all sorts of content that gets generated every day.
Sometimes, I do wonder. What is the point of reading so much? I know I love to read, but maybe this is all just FOMO, the fear of missing out? No doubt, most of the stuff I read is probably high-quality stuff, insightful articles that inform and can help improve our lives, but perhaps it’s simply too much.
After finishing an article about insight A, what do I do? Reflect and apply it? No, I go and read another article about concept B or idea C, or maybe life hack D and protip E, or perhaps random fact F and life lesson G.
The worse part is that there’s no shortage of all these brilliant articles. You might find all sorts of amazing stuff today and think you need to read them all or risk missing out, but that’s simply not true. Come again tomorrow and you’ll find a fresh batch equally amazing stuff as well, same for the next day, and the next day.
At the end of the day, what do I make of all this? Nothing. Perhaps it’s time to accept that it’s okay to not read everything and just let go. There’s nothing I’m missing out on, if anything, I’m missing out on life if I don’t stop this habit, and isn’t that the one thing I shouldn’t be missing out on?