Some of us like to read. Some of us don’t. I’m a reader and love to lose myself within a story. Reading challenges our minds and sparks our creativity. It makes us see things in our “mind’s eye” rather than simply interpreting someone else’s vision. It’s important that we don’t forget to read and here are 5 reasons why YOU should NEVER stop reading.
5 Reasons Why YOU Should NEVER Stop Reading
The word “reading” is both a noun and a verb. The Google Dictionary defines as follows:
the action or skill of reading written or printed matter silently or aloud.: “suggestions for further reading” “the reading of a will” “reading skills” “a cursory reading of the minutes”.
look at and comprehend the meaning of (written or printed matter) by mentally interpreting the characters or symbols of which it is composed.: “it’s the best novel I’ve ever read” “I never learned to read music” “Emily read over her notes” “I’ll go to bed and read for a while”.
Reason #5: Reading Sparks Creativity
We’ve all been in a rut at some point in our lives. Maybe you’ve felt like you do “the same ol’ thing each and every day.” You want a change…something to spark the creative muse. What do you do? Read. Find out something that someone else has done before. Maybe it will work for you…maybe it won’t. Maybe you will read something and create your own way of doing it.
Reading causes our brains to “work” and leads into #4.
Reason #4: Reading is Exercise for Your Brain
Have you ever heard the old saying about using something or else you will lose it?
Skills become rusty with lack of use. Now, think about the first eighteen years of most of our lives. We spend the first five-to-six years as virtual sponges – soaking in everything. We learn to talk…walk..eat…run…and so much more.
School stimulates our brain from day one of elementary to the final day of secondary. We exercise our brains transitioning into college, trade school, work, and/or whatever our personal journey may hold.
I speculate that we lose a bit of the brain exercise at this point. Maybe not all of us, but – at least – a percentage do. We become complacent – comfortable – in our daily routines. So, does our brain, in turn, become complacent, too?
Reason #3: Reading Allows Insight on Opposing Views
I have two words for you: Republican & Democrat
Think about these two words for a moment.
Immediately, when you read those two words, did you (for those reading this in the US) identify with one or the other? If so, did you take a side? Was it “US” against “THEM” as you aligned with one or the other?
Now, let’s assume for a moment that I don’t know much about the opposing party. Let’s assume that I am a Republican and I don’t know much about the Democratic party. (One would assume that you WOULD know about both in order to pick a side…but, for the sake of assumption, let’s assume. And, YES…this is a lot of assumptions.)
Reading about the Democratic party would reveal things such as:
- When did it begin?
- What are the basic principles of the party?
- What are the voting trends?
It may also reveal that the two parties are not that much different – at least, in principle. Regardless, it allowed insight into an opposing viewpoint.
Reason #2: Reading a Book is Good for You
Reading a book is good for you. No, it doesn’t matter if is a 50, 500, or 1,000 page book. Reading a book is good for you!
I love my iPad and I love reading on it; however, I realized something the other day.
I have not bought a hardback or paperback book (to my knowledge) from an online or brick and mortar bookstore since purchasing the original iPad. I profess to love reading, but I don’t buy books.
(If you can read a book from page one to page via a Kindle, iPad, Web Browser, etc., excellent. Great and good for you. For me, it’s a bit harder and serves as the reason for this suggestion.)
Social media brings content to us in short bursts. We receive snippets of info here and bits of info there. Even blog posts tend to be 500-750 words to a maximum of 1,000-1,500 on most.
How often do you see a post that is 5,000 words?
I speculate that we become bored with what we read online if it looks too long or doesn’t have enough pictures, graphics, etc. We train our minds for the immediate gratification rather than the satisfaction received at the end of a long read.
Reading a book helps us start something and finish it – no matter how long that book might be.
Reason #1: Reading Increases Your Knowledge and Knowledge is Power
This latin aphorism is often attributed to Sir Francis Bacon and dates back to 1668 (info courtesy of Wikipedia.org).
Knowledge is Power is something that has aided the weak in overcoming their supressors. Knowledge unlocks hidden mysteries. Knowledge helps free the innocent. Knowledge bridges the gaps between us and helps us to understand ourselves, others, and the world.
Ignorantia Juris Non Excusat
Just because you didn’t know about a law doesn’t mean you have a valid excuse for breaking it.
Knowledge of the law is power.
How do you find out about much of the above?
It’s simple: READING!
Will you make a claim to read more than you did yesterday?
Who knows what we might discover!?!?!
Or, as the Tenth Doctor said:
“You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!”
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