Fast forward to 2021, more than five years after writing this blog post. I recently made the harsh decision to put old Internet and web related books for recycling. I am downsizing for the potential move to a smaller place this spring and have to put sentimental feelings aside. The content of the books is too old to be worthy of donating to the public library’s used book stores. Since the bookshops are still closed due to the pandemic, it would be cruel to add to the piles of donations that volunteers need to sort in anticipation for the day when things go back to “normal”. T
As I sort through the books in the library of le petit apartment, I feel emotionally drained.
In addition to supporting a family, performing full time work and nestling into a new volunteer role, I have let this project take over a month and will likely let it drag on through the summer. I am letting it prepare me for a quest that is doubly draining and has suffered from my procrastination.
It’s a daunting task to sort and justify keeping or discarding books. Some brought joy, inspiration and comfort. They are like old friends.
Some brought knowledge and helped build skills. Some skills are transferable; some are no longer applicable in today’s job markets.
I think back to 20 years ago, to my foray into dialup connectivity, HTML web design and website usability. While I balanced family, work and survival…
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