All week I've been wondering what the heck would I write about today, and just like that, a fan said something that gave me my passion--Writing! Yep, go figure? It's something I do literally every day of my life, and you may be wondering what Epiphany did I have? She commented on how she loves Mello & June's blog and what it represents and it's a shame the younger generation is more interested in social media than they are in picking up a book.
That got me to thinking. She's absolutely right! I had a young person tell me once they didn't like reading. In fact, this person thought it was a stupid thing to do. And I hate to admit it, but I've heard that, not only from some younger people, but adults who are much older and allegedly wiser. Do you hear yourselves when you say "you don't like to read?" Do you know how uneducated you sound?
Do I sound harsh? I'll let you in on a little secret. For those of you who say you hate to read or cannot stand reading, are you aware that every single thing you do on social media requires some form of reading? Sure, you write many posts that are insensitive and not very thought provoking, but to spout you 'don't like reading' is not entirely true. So in essence, you do love to read because you do a great deal of it through your social media sites.
Ok, so the skeptic reader viewing this post is saying, I don't mean I don't like reading posts on social media, I don't like reading an actual book with hundreds of thousands of words where there's a plot and/or story line with characters and all that jazz, right! I have a few questions for you. Do you exercise your body? Do you bathe yourself? Do you eat for nourishment? Do you sleep to give your body rest? I'm sure most of you answered yes. Just like you take care of those things for your body, your mind must also workout and be provided for. Did you know reading is exercise for your brain? You've heard the sayings "A mind is a terrible thing to waste," or "If you don't use it, you'll lose it." Those sayings are not just cute little gimmicks to bring awareness, they are absolutely true!
When you read, it strengthens your mind and broadens your vocabulary. It helps you to think more clearly and to focus. I may have told you this before, but it is now known that people who read are better at decision making. And I just gave you the reasons for why that is. People who read are more intellectual than those who don't. Often times I'll have a person tell me "you think you know it all!" I'd be the first to tell you I never claimed to know it all, but I'm very verse in many subjects because I read!
Reading expands your horizons and takes you places you've never been or dared to go. You enter worlds that are quite unlike the one in which you live and yet, you meet interesting people along the journey. Granted, not all stories will leave you with a positive residue, but most do. Reading is a great form of escape. Are you tired of the drama in your life? Hmmph, who isn't, right? Pick up a book and enter into someone else's life. You may learn something. Reading gives you perception, drive, clarity and visual stimulation. Most of the movies you watch come from books. Ever notice how I'm quick to say I'll read the book first before seeing the movie. That isn't by accident! I enjoy reading the book because you will always have more detail given to you in the novel than Hollywood will ever show on screen. There's good reason for that. After all, Hollywood doesn't have the time to invest in every single detail a book will give you, which is why you should read the book first! I can't tell you how many times I've read a book that turned into a movie and I'm talking to the screen saying things like. . ."that's not the correct order, or that didn't happen in the book, and that's not how the book ended!" I guarantee you, your mind's eye will see the story much better than Hollywood will. Why Hollywood chooses to change greatness is something as an author and reader I will never fully understand?
But here's something I do understand. If I didn't have words, my world would be lost. Every author brings a unique voice to the literary world--whether you like the story he/she has spun or not. What better way to create than with words. How a person couldn't be passionate about reading just leaves me baffled! There is so much you can learn by picking up a book. Not to mention there are millions of books to choose from. Reading builds relationships between parent and child; among girlfriends; book clubs and reading forums. Reading is knowledge and where there is knowledge, there is power!
So, before you decide to throw away reading and state you hate it so much, you need to think about all the benefits reading does! Perhaps next time you won't be so quick to spout you hate to read--because let's face it. That is one of the most ignorant statements a person can make and it's the most gut wrenching. Open up your mind, expand your horizons, live your wildest dreams. Be knowledgeable and you too will be able to partake in many conversations.
Until next time, Happy Reading. . .
Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer
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Reading is Knowledge. . .
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