Sometimes I find that life takes a toll on me. My soul and heart feel downtrodden and I can’t climb out of the rut I’m in. It’s a never ending cycle of unexpected experiences, good or bad, that fill your existence with doubt, fear and excitement. While to some this is welcoming and new. It’s like with everyday that goes by you could be opening a new door to a fork in the road. To others it’s terrifying, like you never know when to hold on or when to let go. You never know if this is it; if this will be the day that every moment of planning, every night of staying up late or every sacrifice you made will begin circling the drain.
So….I do what any respectable woman would do and I climb down further, deep deep down, using my hands as claws and hooks to push me further into a book. I pull out some dusty novel that I enjoyed years ago, one that’s been pushed back and scrunched up and curl up to cry. Fortunately, though, this can happen at any time, for any reason. It doesn’t always start as something bad.
Sometimes, I have a long day…good…but long day in school, work, out paying bills or shopping for groceries. I just want to lay in bed, not do anything and read a good story. I don’t want to toot my own horn and say that I’m a fast reader or anything…I would just say that I’m a dedicated reader. As soon as I find something that I really love, from the first few pages, I sit down and stay rooted to the story. The edge of the bed, the toilet, cooking asparagus, running out to the car, checking the mail; anywhere is a good place to continue reading a book. I’ve, on many occasion, had to stop myself from walking into a pole, a person, into a hole or even a wall because I was too busy reading.
Now, yes, people like to hide the fact that they are avid readers (for some reason that is beyond me) but there are a lot of good reasons why we read. The following is a list of pros we get out of reading that I gleaned from a website that I cited at the bottom. I was looking for some of the pros just on my own and figured I’d share with my fellow readers. To go further in-depth check out that link!
- Mental Stimulation
- Stress Reduction
- Vocabulary Expansion (one of my favs!)
- Memory Improvement
- Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills
- Improved Focus and Concentration
- Better Writing Skills (another one of my favs!)
- Tranquility (umm…yes!)
- Free Entertainment (My fav!!)
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10 Benefits; Why You Should Read Everyday