Books I read in April and health is wealth!

I initially had a post about the artist formerly known as Prince, Chyna, death and the dangerous illusion of success ... and then my edited version was munched on by Internet gremlins.

But you know? I'm not in a terribly philosophical mood today. So I'm going to let the gremlins have their meal. I mean, I've spent most of last week over a toilet bowl (TMI, sorry) thanks to a violent IBS (I think) episode, and am just thankful for the simple pleasure of being able to keep down my food without projectile vomiting it. Small victories!

So, sorry for not updating on Tuesday. Uhm, was busy.

I learned way too intimately that health is wealth. Without health, you just can't create anything. Which is why I'm making my mission for the rest of the year to regain my health and not to be so hard on myself if I don't meet deadlines.

Speaking of deadlines - a little late, but better late than never, the books I read in April:

Steal like an artist: 10 things nobody told you about being creative by Austin Kleon is probably better for artists/writers who are at the start of taking their creative lives more seriously, but this book nevertheless contains good advice on how to "steal like an artist" ie, how to have the right mindset to create art without ending up an impoverished, half-crazed artist locked in a cockroach-infested attic room. Okay, I jest, but it's close enough.

Get Up!: The dire health consequences of sitting and what we can do about it by James A. Levine made me move more! If only it gave me more practical ideas on how to increase a person with a desk job like me can increase my non-sitting hours.

I love books about writing, especially the writing process, and The 8-minute Writing Habit: Create a Consistent Writing Habit that works with your busy lifestyle by Monica Leonelle was a good one. This short book is not just about how to establish a writing habit. Monica believes in order to write consistently and in larger volumes, one has to got to bust some writing blocks. I love the insight in this. I had conquered some that she mentioned, but realised that I still struggle with a few. Obviously I need more work in the mindset department! Worth the buy.

But the book that stood out most for me in April was When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, a memoir about a neurosurgeon who discovers that he has end-stage aggressive cancer. Usually I avoid books like these, but Kalanithi's words just moved me. Here was a man who soaked up what life had to offer him like a sponge; his pursuit of knowledge was almost unquenchable. Imagine what a man like that could do for society ... yet, how terribly unfair that it is people like these that often have their lives cut short. Depressing, yeah, but his thirst to live is infectious; it makes you wonder - what am I doing with the time I have left on this Earth? How do I not waste it?

What did you read in April?