Hour 17 – (Don’t) Give Up


My name is Flavia and I am a reader from Germany. You can usually find me on twitter (and most places) @flaviaaalouise. I’ve been participating in the Dewey’s 24-hour readathon for over 5 years now.

The first time I participated it was quite last minute and I had no idea what I was doing, but a bunch on fun.

As I’ve participated more and more and have been more “successful” I started to put more pressure on myself. To accomplish more and be better.

But that is not always possible. You might not sleep well the night before the readathon. You might have had a stressful week and just not have the power to really read much this weekend. Your mental or physical health might not be as good as you had hoped. Maybe something came up. Maybe you just want to watch TV or spend time with your loved ones.

And if you are the type of person I am that might be frustrating. And to be honest I don’t have the patented recipe to deal with that frustration. But I do encourage you to change your perspective if you are in a situation like that. What can you do to feel better now?

And that might just be to give up and ditch this readathon! I swear it’s fine. This is supposed to be fun. If it doesn’t serve you just get rid of it.

To be honest I am still low-key considering that myself right now (I’m writing this in hour 9, 10 pm my time). As I wrote in the last hour’s post I am defending my Bachelor’s thesis on Monday, I also have quite a bit of cleaning to do and spend the evening at my partner’s parents house. So I have only finished an audiobook I wanted to have finished yesterday already. But let’s see what the night and tomorrow brings. 🙂

Another option is to just change your focus. Focus on self care, Focus on quality time with your partner/fam/animal, Focus on bingeing a book adaptation. Reread some (childhood) faves.

We are still low-key living through the apocalypse. Don’t beat yourself up and if you need someone to hype you up, comment here or join me on twitter for some sprints and fun 🙂

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