Books Written by Ron Vitale
Everyone is busy today, and if you've stopped to check out my writing, you might be wondering: What's in it for me? I believe that's a valid question that's worth answering. But instead of having a long drawn out post in which I try to convince you what the value proposition (*sigh*) is for you, I thought I'd get right to the point and answer your question: "Why read my books?"
When I was younger, I thought that I'd grow up in a world that was better, kinder and more advanced. That people would help each other, we'd be to Mars by now and we'd find a way to make peace with each other. How dumb I was. I've been hearing a lot about GamerGate in the last month and it shocks me that in 2014 women are being threatened online.
About a week ago I saw that Ksenia Anske, a fellow indie writer, landed a special guest spot on one of Amanda Palmer's "The Art of Asking" tour gigs and would be on stage with Amanda in Seattle. I read the news from Ksenia on Facebook and was over the moon for her. What a fantastic opportunity!
I promised that I would keep updating people on my torn Achilles injury because my hope is to help others who have gone through the same thing to share with them the truth of how long recovery truly takes.
What if there was a way to recapture the most precious moments of life that you have lost? A loved one who has passed on, a broken relationship that ended badly, a parent who abandoned you or a traumatic event resolved to make you feel whole?
I wish I had more time to read, but I need to divide my free time into many different mediums (TV, movies, reading, games, music and podcasts). When I do make time to read, I tend to stick to certain authors I know and am familiar with because I want to ensure that I'm enjoying what I'm reading. Here's an example: With Anne Rice's new Lestat novel coming out, I'll be picking that book up without a doubt. It's been a long time since I've read a Rice novel and I'm really looking forward to it.
I wasn't going to write another post about healing from my torn Achilles injury but I think it's important for me to document this past week so that not only can I reflect on how I'm doing, but I can also help others have a true sense of what it's going to take to recover from such an injury. A quick recap: I tore my Achilles on June 26, 2014 and I'm writing this on September 20, 2014. I'm nearly three months into the recovery period. If you want to read the entire saga, I recommend that you start back at the beginning so that you have a true sense of what you're up against in recovering.
I had the privilege last night of hearing Chris Guillebeau speak last night at Indy Hall in Philadelphia in promotion of his new book "The Happiness of Pursuit." A friend of mine had asked me last week if I would be interested in hearing Chris speak. To be honest, I wasn't quite certain if I wanted to go since walking and getting around while I'm still recovering from my torn Achilles injury, but my friend and I had already made plans for dinner and I thought that taking a risk and trying something new might open new doors for me.
I've been thinking a lot lately about conformity and choices in our lives. It's been a topic that's on my mind because my children are now back in school. I'm amazed to hear of the stories of how children pick on each other for not being like them. It's an interesting defense mechanism to make them feel powerful: "Hey, he looks weird so let's pick on him and no one will pick on me."
I wanted to write a quick update on the status of my recovering. I expect a few of you are still following along on my journey and some of you have stumbled on this post through Google. For those catching up, I tore my Achilles tendon playing racquetball back on June 26, 2014. It's now September 2nd and I wanted to give an update but also exorcise some of the demons within.
I've lost count on how many weeks it has been since my torn Achilles accident. Possibly 8 weeks now? It's all a blur. I'm writing this post in the context of having 6 more weeks to go in my airwalk boot. I've been going to physical therapy several times a week and doing my daily exercises, but I've a long way yet to go. All of this has me thinking about change. Good old change.
Be good to yourself today. If you don't, who will?