So many people tell me they do not have time to read. With working all day and then dealing with household issues, volunteer activities, children’s sports events. exercise, they say there’s no place to fit in time for reading.
That is a sad scenario. Reading is a wonderful escape from the real world. It’s a way to lose yourself in someone else’s life. I remember as a kid, sitting on my back porch and spending long afternoons reading about adventures I would probably never have. The Harry Potter series brought reading back to a new generation. How could we lose the magic of reading? What happened?
We can point to television and then electronic devices as two things that interferes with our reading time. Indeed, spending hours in front of a television takes time from reading. Television also offers an opportunity to escape. The worlds depicted give us a snippet of someone else’s life. The problem is it is too short. It does not provide the same in-depth respite that reading does.
Electronic devices also take away from our reading time. Rather than settling in with a book, we are surfing the web, sometime on meaningless journeys. Or, our children are playing all kinds of games rather than learning the value of reading.
As a writer, I love reading. I love noticing the way another writer constructs a sentence or the way another writer deftly develops a character. Most of all, though, I still love the escape. The ability to go some place I may never go or to learn about something I would never have learned.
Much of the stress of today’s world comes from people trying to do so many things at once. They can’t juggle everything. The more conveniences we get, the more we seem to have to do. If we can relieve that stress for just an instant by opening a book, imagine how wonderful that would be.
Never miss a minute to read.
It doesn’t matter. Just read!
Why not try it?
It’s not that we don’t have time to read. It’s that reading got lost in the shuffle of so many choices.
What about you? Are you still reading? How do you find the time in today’s world full of other demands?