There’s a feeling that I think it’s only possible to get when you’re a child and discover books. It’s a kind of fizz. You want to read everything that’s in print before it evaporates. Terry Pratchett
That epitomizes how I still feel about books. Some of my favourites – The Call of the Wild, for my teenage days when I felt like I was Buck. The Grapes of Wrath – in college, when I couldn’t get a job, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest – when I was away from friends and family, and American Psycho – made me feel grateful for all that I have.
There are many people I know who do not read, and I realise after a few minutes we have nothing to talk about, you know after having discussed the weather and more weather. But people who read, they conversation with them is like fireworks. Conversation can lead to discovery of a new science or philosophy. Just the other day I learnt a new word – aporia.
The term comes from ancient Greek, it helps to describe the feeling people have in a world of information overload, where you are often bombarded with contradictory messages that seem equally true.
I imagine making notes in my favourite books, and years later when my kids read them, they will read my thoughts and mark their own, many more years later so will my grand kids and great grand kids. I will be connected to my family for posterity. Children who read, know 35 million words more than their peers by the end of junior high. The facts are staggering. Due to increased vocabulary, kids excel in all areas at school.
Adults who read, keep their brains young. Reading works fro the brain akin to physical exercise for the body. To read is to fly, to actually soar unimaginable heights – an experience you can then share with other readers. Reading is a way to constantly improve your knowledge base – we get a cheap upgrade. There is no excuse for not reading today, not only are there libraries that offer free services, but there are e-readers, on-line clubs the world is endless.
Self improvement and enlightenment, those are the perks that reading brings. But most of all I love the feeling that on a cold snowy day, I can leave my living room and transport myself anywhere in the world and be anyone I want to be – drinking Starbucks while I’m at it.
So today I am Howard Roark a la Fountainhead, architect extraordinaire, but tomorrow I will be Bathsheba Everdene and I still want to hunt like Katniss Everdeen – so may the odds ever be in your favour, because;
One Choice, decided your friends.
One Choice, defines your beliefs.
One Choice, determines your loyalties – Forever.
ONCE CHOICE CAN TRANSFORM YOU”
SO READ!!!! And be all you can be.