I had a friend who innocently Tweeted how she found the love to consume knowledge and information through reading invaluable; she wanted others to explore reading more, as well. For reasons I’m not sure why, someone decided to attack her intentions and assume she meant that reading was the only way to ingest knowledge. As a fan of broadcasts, podcasts and interactive media, like me, she wouldn’t dare to say that reading was the only valuable way. Maybe that person just didn’t understand what she meant–maybe they were proving her point in that they should spend more time reading to fully grasp her conjugation.
Reading may not be for everyone, but please do not take it for granted if you can read and comprehend the information you’re ingesting. It’s a skill, not innate. There are so many people on your own street, or in more impoverished countries, where the educational system is failing them and they don’t have the ability to grasp what knowledge and life can be found in the written word.
And if you have the chance to share that with someone else, do it.
This month, Goodreads asked me what my yearly goal was, and I said 56. I’m partly ambitious, but really I had just already made a list of books I’d like to finally sit down and read (or finish) and that was how many ended up on that list. If you haven’t set a goal for yourself, you can here.