I keep coming across articles, or statements in articles, saying ‘I’m so tired of reading about your so-and-so’. I simply don’t get it.
No one is forcing you to read
You’ll say you’re tired of reading about something because the topic is not of interest to you. If someone preyed your eyes open and made you read—Clockwork-Orange-style—I’d understand. But that’s not the case, is it? (And surely, if it is, please let us know and we’ll send a rescue team).
I’m writing this because I recently came across an article that was tired of reading about one of my topics. The author of the article is tired of this topic because they can’t relate. They can’t relate because their struggles are different. Cool, feel free to move along. This article wasn’t for you.
On the contrary, I’ve gotten feedback from other readers who’ve been thankful, and even encouraged that I did share about that specific topic. Great, I’m so happy we can motivate and support each other—I wrote this piece just for you!
The beauty of choice
I’m not tired of reading articles about how to make it in the tech industry because I’ve never read one. I’ve seen them. I didn’t click though.
If I did read them, I’d probably be tired too, but I choose not to.
This is the beauty of choice; it means we can choose. I couldn’t find a precise number, but I know there are millions of articles on Medium. I assume that your reading-time is as limited as mine, so let’s be very selective of where we put our energy and read exclusively what speaks to us.
If it was the year 1919 and you were tired of reading Pride and Prejudice and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn on repeat, I’d feel you. But this is 2019 and the world is your oyster—so clam up and get feasting!
You are the curator of your own life
I tend to carefully choose who and what I read and follow. In turn, the Medium algorithms have caught on are doing a wonderful job of showing me articles that actually interest me. Never once have I been recommended an article on how to make it in the tech industry. (Thank you Medium!)
Still, it happens that one of the publications or readers I follow posts something that I don’t want to read. You wanna know what I do? I simply move on to the next.
If we keep going like this there’ll be articles about how ‘you’re tired of reading articles about how I’m tired of reading articles about how you’re tired’…and so on.
So, please, let’s all stop reading articles we’re tired of reading — life’s too short for that — and start reading what inspires us to write real articles about something that might, in turn, inspire others.
You do you!
And if what excites you is how to make it in the tech industry, then you go for it! I won’t read it, but I’ll admire you for writing about what is meaningful to you. I’ll keep writing about things that are meaningful to me, like sex, mindfulness, relationships, healing from abuse—and my anxiety—and I promise, I’ll never be cross if you skip on by.
You do you! Meanwhile, I’ll do me. Deal?