An Ode to Reading

Oh, reading...quite honestly, I used to dread you. See, I didn't grow up much of a reader - I took a more active approach to entertainment as a child. Preferring sports, video games, or just running around to sitting still, book in hand, diving into a new world, reading was simply not a hobby of mine.

This remained true for many years, that is until college graduation came and went and reality suddenly hits you like a ton of bricks. While school and studying was a thing of the past (🎉), the formal learning process was as well. No one is there to guide you along anymore...any path you want to pursue is up to you and you alone. Scary 😨. Upon having this inevitable, yet existential realization, the idea of reading became instantly more attractive than it had ever been. The reason being that if I wanted to live out the life of my dreams - the life I envision for myself - the learning can never stop. Now, without the system of formal education progressing me along, I had no choice but to move myself to learn. So...if learning was the destination, reading books was the way - the path to the life I desire for myself.

Today, what I want to share with you are the three most important lessons reading has taught me since the decision was made to make it an integral part of my life. So...

Number 1 - Self-improvement is at your fingertips. In your heart of hearts, what do you know you could be better at? What do you want to be better at? It could be something such as getting your finances in order, or, maybe you want to be a better home chef, whipping up meals the family can't get enough of. Maybe you need to develop a certain skill to advance your career. Whatever it is that you identify within yourself that needs improvement, there is a book, likely multiple, out there that can help.