I was talking to a co-worker the other day about a book I’d read recently, and realized how very, very few people I can do that with. In my daily life, it seems like almost no-one reads anything more than a newspaper or a fashion magazine. I only have one person I can truly chat about books with … and yet, being a Capital-R-Reader, I simply can’t imagine going through life without a book constantly at hand, or shelves of them proudly displayed downstairs. I’m proud of being a person who not only reads, but who reads a lot–not just in volume but in variety. I like having an inquiring mind. I like exploring new ideas. I love following an intricately plotted story (the more layers the better). I love BEING a reader and simply can’t imagine what it’s like to go through life without being one.
Am I the only one who feels this way? That wonders at how other people can simply NOT do something that should be so essential? Who feels almost sad that so many people seem content to go through their lives without stretching their mental wings at all?
Can you imagine NOT being a Reader? How does it shape your life? Your perception of it?
NO! I cannot imagine having a life that did not include reading on a daily basis. Reading opens people up to learning about new things and ideas. I think those that read are generally better informed and more open minded as well. I would agree that it’s sad to think about people who don’t know the joy that reading brings.
How does being a Reader affect your relationship with all those folks who are looking at it from the other side and simply can’t understand how you can sit and READ all the time?
I was married to someone who couldn’t have cared less about reading, and didn’t understand my need to do it. How can you ever truly describe what it means to be able to lose yourself in a book for hours at a time? To try and explain how characters and story lines can mean so much? I’ve had both success and failure in trying to convey what reading does for me…how much richer my life is for being a reader. I guess you either get it…or you don’t.
Yep, it’s a long-winded, philosophical springboard to a ephemeral conversation … go, see what you can make of it!