I've kept this slip of paper for about a year now, though I can't be sure of the exact date I found it hiding in my cookie. This might seem surprising -- I am the girl who keeps fortune cookie fortunes, afterall. But, I do know it was around the time I started having to make big decisions... about work, about love, and just generally about life. So I kept it as a reminder to be proactive.
Despite this, I often find myself "going through the motions." My best example of this will of course come from my recent experiences with this latest addition to my bookshelf: Songs of the Humpback Whale. In the words of another favourite author [sort of]: I'm just not that into it. And yet, I push myself through another few pages a day. I'm only about 100 pages in of 400. At this rate, I'll be finished next year sometime.
The point is, I've made a decision to read books and write about them. I feel as though I can't abandon ship just because I'm not enjoying the choice of reading this book specifically. Sometimes you have to do things you don't like in order to get where you want to be. In fact, sometimes that makes it a whole lot more interesting.
Therefore, even though I might be "going through the motions" with this book or with where I am right now in life in general, the end result of my decisions in literature and life should be pretty entertaining and enjoyable.
So thanks, fortune cookie, for always reminding me from your place on my corkboard to go ahead and make choices and follow them through! ...Even if that means I'll be reading this novel well into my summer vacation.