I’ve been thinking about getting a Kindle. The Kindle is expensive… $360ish. And after that, you still have to buy books at $10 a pop. I enjoy reading, but I get to the library very rarely. In fact, there are two books that I’ve been meaning to pick up from the library for probably two weeks now… and I just haven’t found time during regular Library hours. Also, I hate traveling with a monster book. My last trip to Ohio saw me carrying the 3inch thick ‘I Know this Much is True’ by Wally Lamb, and boy was it annoying. While it might cost a fair bit more, I think owning a Kindle will dramatically increase how much I read and the efficiency of my reading.
Additionally, I think I’m going through a change in my life where I’m no longer interested in saving every penny and far more interested in saving time and making life easier. My priorities have switched from a ‘save dollars for the future’ perspective to one that’s based more on the best utilization of time for self-improvement (guitar practice), fitness (kung fu), and fun (climbing, friends, and cooking). This concept also has me looking at more services like Peapod. Is it worth $7 to save an hour of grocery shopping on Sundays? Is it worth $10 to be able to get a book instantly? If you’d asked me these questions three years ago, my answer would be a definitive ‘NO’ but these days I’m thinking, yeah, it might be worth it.
Perhaps this change has come about as a response to the conclusion of my studies and my sudden acquisition of more free time. My utilization of time has changed so dramatically in the last two months.
I hope I never take free time for granted.