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So…When’s The Last Time You Read A Book?

By January 1, 2016 0
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When was the last time you saw someone reading a book?

Not an older person on a bench at a park, but someone from this millennial generation. I’m talking about a younger person, who has a book in his or her hands instead of a phone.

I too am guilty of reading books on my phone – but if we’re being honest, there’s no magic like the magic of opening a book and smelling that old book smell. Oh how I love libraries and bookstores for that very reason. It’s like a special type of therapy. They’ve even made candles that are scented with that old book smell – proof that it’s magical and therapeutic.

I’m just going to come out and say it: I don’t think our generation reads enough.

I grew up in a house where I always saw my mom reading. She was a stay at home mom to my two older sisters and I. Books were her escape, so much so that if she had her nose in a book, it meant you wouldn’t be able to talk to her. It’s not her being rude at all, she honestly just gets so engrossed in her books that she can’t hear the outside world.

That’s beautiful to me.

Yes it was annoying at times when you wanted to tell her something, or when you realize you’ve literally been carrying on a conversation by yourself for the last five minutes, but now that I’m older and able to look back on it, it really is special.

I’m lucky to have grown up seeing that, because it’s allowed me to grow up appreciating the existence of a good book and what I can learn from it.

And so I’m trying to pass on the same lesson to the next generation: beginning with my six-year-old nephew. He loves to read, and I let him practice reading on my phone or from my book whenever he wants to, because it’s important and he actually enjoys it. His two younger sisters aren’t at the stage of being able to read words yet, but there is something about their age that I love: imagination.

My nieces, ages three and four, pick up books from the shelf in our house and create their own stories from the pictures. They even come up with their own names for characters. If you ever listen to these stories, they make zero sense at all and you get lost while trying to follow the plot line, but it’s so fun to see them making the most out of a book. It’s so special to see a child’s imagination at work.

I wish I saw that in our generation more often.

Just when did we abandon the magic of books? When did we lose the magic of imagination?

 

Our generation needs more time to read. Even if just for a few moments of some stress free time to ourselves.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R. R. Martin

This is so very true.

Reading allows a person experience, inspiration and elements of imagination. We need innovative and imaginative people in our world. I think that it’s an important quality for the next generation (AND for our own generation) to have.

They’re the ones we’re going to be relying on when we can no longer rely on each other.

They’re the ones who are going to be the next leaders of our world.

I think it’s important to take the time to read, if not for ourselves than for the influencing and inspiring of the next generation.

But mostly for ourselves.

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