Reading and Life: A Balancing Act

In response to Reading Makes You Live Longer

Once I started reading, I never stopped.  And I don’t think I ever will.  It does have its challenges though.  For example, socializing.

Don’t get me wrong, I like to hang out with friends.  But honestly, I’m just as happy (if not happier) when I’m in my room reading a book.  People may say reading is boring and people who read have no life.  I beg to differ.  Reading opens up someone’s worldview, especially if it’s fiction.  We are able to encounter different people and situations, all without leaving the house. We also pick up on different nuances in humanity with different characters’ personalities.

Those of us who read do have lives, they’re just not conventional.  Although I may be happy reading, I can still get “cabin fever” sometimes – I don’t like staying in my room all day.  I like to travel and go shopping at Barnes & Noble for – you guessed it – more books.

What really bugs me, though, is when people say I’m one sided.  In fact, I am usually able to see both sides of an argument, I just might not agree with what another person is saying.  Sometimes trying to get my point across just makes it worse.

Reading has given me a lot more than an open mind.  It has given me lots of friends – yes, characters can be friends, and yes, I am fully aware that they aren’t real – and I’ve learned a lot about myself through books as well.

So, it might not be a long time, but I’ll take those two extra years of life.  It’s worth it.

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