literature · reading

Reading to have a story

I can’t talk about the joy of reading enough. It’s a joy. To read something that has a plot and gives you a reason to want to keep reading and not stop or even to want to read whatever comes next. Whatever comes after and whatever reminds you that this feels nice. This is what you want to read. Most definitely. So, whether you are reading by way of an ebook or long-form non-fiction piece, you are letting yourself escape into that moment of heaven for your eyes.

A good book is all you need to feel weightless sometimes. It’s all you need to remind yourself that things that you thought were hard are not as hard after all. Things can be amended, decisions can be altered and choices can be made based on how you think. What perspectives you have and the worldview you have may depend on this. The openness you have with that worldview will show more of you as a person than anything else ever could. How you think about world leaders, for instance could be shaped by what you think about the laws of government and republic vs. democratic and whether the two are the same. Is democracy a myth? Does the perfect society exist and if so, where is it hiding and nestling that we can’t find it? Do citizens of said place have access to our resources and do they know what’s going on in the world? It might be weird to think about, but people judge people based on what they have read or heard. It is not often what people have seen, because we say we have “seen something” when we haven’t seen enough to know anything. The topic might be new, it might be foreign. But, we know that we read it somewhere or heard about it someplace.

But the images of the broken hearted and helpless can eat at your soul and crush you, I get that. But, go back to books. Go back to that story about the girl that was trapped in the rubble. The story about the boy who got money for college, or the story about the woman who possibly changed her possible biased views on race dramatically based on a mistaken text. All these are part of ways to change the narrative that tells your own story. Your story is shaped just as much by what you are influenced by as what you already know.

The stories. The books. The reading. All of them elements to a larger picture here: A discovery of yourself.

You’ll never know if you don’t try. Just go to your local library and search for history or culture and wind up somewhere else. Let yourself learn something new and create a growing curiosity.

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