be brave and play the game

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There’s always the chance

That you will suffer

Losses far too huge to bear

But sweet success will only come

If you can take those deathly blows

And win the golden medal that

Every person wishes to have hold.

I’m reading a book about sport at the moment, and I love books about any sport because we can learn so much about ourselves if we participate in the game.

One of the huge lessons that I think a lot of the students I teach struggle to deal with, is that we cannot win everything that we do. There has to be a hundred losses suffered before there can even be one win, because those losses give us the necessary experience.

Someone once told me that ‘if you play your chips all night, you’ll always come out even’. I like that saying because there are many times in life when I feel like I am down on my luck. But actually, if you spread all the goods and bads out, you have a nice even mix.

The thing is, you do have to actually play the game if you want to experience those wins. As a raging introvert, I sometimes choose to sit inside and not take part, but perhaps this is my little tap an the shoulder. The universe is whispering in my ear that perhaps I should get out there and do the things.

Much Love

Rachel xx

she has a voracious appetite

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She picks up books

And devours the pages

Eagerly tearing strips

To gobble down

So greedily

A speed that’s needed

Stumbling over words

To reach the very end.

Whenever I buy a new book (not from the charity shop or borrowed from the library) it means that I’m really keen to read it. And I bought a book today so I’m very excited.

The book in question is Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Junkins Reid. Reid is probably one of my favourite writers and I love how she has created a universe where her characters all interconnect between books.

Carrie Soto was mentioned briefly in Malibu Rising and there is a husband who had a fling with Evelyn Hugo, and one of the characters popped up in Daisy Jones and the Six. They started off as little Easter eggs and now it has become a complex world that I can’t get enough of.

The funny thing is that I get so excited when I find a book that I need, that I feel like I literally need to inhale the book. And I do mean that literally. When Daisy Jones came out, I remember feeling that I wanted to eat the pages so that I could get the story inside me more quickly.

I think that’s really weird, but it’s a genuine feeling and it means that I really understand what people mean when they say that somebody has a voracious appetite for books – they really do have a physical appetite for those pages.

Much Love

Rachel xx