An Old People Move
I am not an avid reader. I like books, but generally I am too lazy and spend my free time (and I have a lot of free time) on other pursuits.
When I am on vacation, I do enjoy a book or two, especially when sunning by the ocean. This last week I’ve enjoyed an easy read James Patterson book, and a recommendation from old Fraternity friend Bud, about an NFL backup quarterback (fiction) playing American football in Italy.
I enjoyed both books.
Next, I took a shot at buying a Kindle recommendation. It was a thriller by an author who has had several successful thrillers.
This book was a little difficult to get into. Unlike a James Patterson book where someone gets kidnapped or murdered by page 3, this book did a lot of scene setting. Eventually there were four different characters in four different situations which all were slowly coming together to create a plot.
Half way through the book I was getting a bit frustrated with going back and forth trying to see how all the pieces were going to finally fit together. I was also getting frustrated with how long the chapters were. I like finding a good stopping point ever few minutes, not dragging through a chapter for 25 or 30 pages.
Anyway, I did something that I realized was an old people move.
I just stopped reading and downloaded a new James Patterson book to enjoy.
A young Cranky would never have done this. You start a book, you finish the book, especially one you have paid for.
A seasoned Cranky will not waste precious moments plodding through something he is not enjoying if he does not have to.
Go to a crappy movie… “Let’s go, this movie stinks!”
Slow service and waiting on a meal at a restaurant… “Let’s go, we can eat someplace else.”
Bad program on TV… “Change the channel.”
Yankees losing again… “I’m going to bed.”
Reading a boring confusing book… “I’m done.”
Getting seasoned is not always easy, but not having to be patient is at least one small perk.
Do you just move on when you are not enjoying yourself, or do you feel compelled to finish what you start no matter what?