A friend once had a fortune magazine nicely curled up and a bowl of popcorn mixed with groundnuts. I hadn’t seen that particular issue so I tried to nick it away from him but he held back strongly. I had observed him before making that move, I was sure his focus was more on the popcorn than the book. But then he made this excuse, “I am still not done with it, the popcorn is more important to me now, after all ‘na me get the magazine’ “. [sic]
Eating is definitely not better than reading. I mean… its fine to read and eat simultaneously, but pitching the latter over the former isn’t going to work. No way. Though I still wouldn’t be less surprised if some food warriors agree with the title of this post. Now this post isn’t really about reading and eating, it’s more about reading. So yea, feel free to grab some food as you read on.
Personally, I love reading, I like to read, which ever passes across the message, bottom-line remains that reading is important to me. Sometimes I struggle to, but I pass. The Digital/social media even makes it easier as we now easily access endless content on-the-go. So there’s really so much we can read. The greatest lesson I have learnt in life is that i still have a lot to learn.
In our internet-crazed world, attention is drawn in a million different directions at once as we multi-task through every day. In a single 5-minute span, the average person will divide their time between working on a task, checking email, chatting with a couple of people (via WhatsApp, bbm, etc.), keeping an eye on twitter, monitoring their smartphone, and interacting with co-workers.
When you read a book, all of your attention is focused on the story—the rest of the world just falls away, and you can immerse yourself in every fine detail you’re absorbing.
Again, the more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, and they’ll inevitably make their way into your everyday vocabulary. It could even aid in your career, as those who are well-read, well-spoken, and knowledgeable on a variety of topics tend to get promotions more quickly (and more often) than those with smaller vocabularies and lack of awareness of literature, scientific breakthroughs, and global events.
The beautiful thing about reading is that everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face – Even If you ever find yourself in a dire circumstance, where you lose everything else – your job, your possessions, your money, even your health – knowledge gained can never be taken from you.
The real difference, though, lies in our attitude to reading. Gilbert K. Chesterton once said: “there is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read’.
Dr Seuss once wrote “the more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.”
Even beyond reading, I tend to think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.