Dwelling on old memories of when I was in high school, I came upon the memory of the many different reading assignments. Reading assignments have been in each English course I had to take in high school. Now, at this time I was just getting into reading. What do I mean? I personally was not a fan of reading. The idea of opening a book and having to analyze what it was saying was a big fat, ‘no’ for me. Personally, creative writing was interesting and captured my attention more. Getting to dive into my imagination and create worlds and characters that related to me was more fascinating. Sitting down and reading a book was not on my to do list.
Yes, I was in high school and I knew my duty was to complete each course starting from Freshman year to Senior year. I can’t remember the order of the books I read and which year I read each book but I do remember reading Pride and Prejudice, The Hobbit, The Great Gatsby, and another book but I can’t remember right now. Reading Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen really dove me into reading. To get to read a book that I related to and personally enjoyed was worth it. What caused me to love reading? The idea of characters that were already written, worlds and universes that were creative and different. I feel attracted to creativity. Anything that is different but somewhat relatable has captured my attention. In the class that required the reading assignment of Pride and Prejudice, each week I had to write about the three chapters I had read and summarize it.
These writing assignments helped me understand what reading really was. The idea of getting to really analyze what was going through each character’s mind, intrigued me. I remember when reading the book that I related to the main character Elizabeth. Her character was written so well, I felt like I could understand her emotions, her choices, and her thoughts. It felt like in a way that I was reading a diary. A personal statement of someone who wanted to express themselves and protect her family. Reading one good book and getting to write about it caused me to see reading in such a different light. I felt like I had a negative point of view of reading and now I enjoyed it. I found myself reading more novels, short stories, and fanfiction.
Reading became a part of my daily routine. I sometimes spend more time reading than even getting on social media. For some reason though when I got into college, I found myself reading less. Not that I don’t enjoy reading, I personally just felt like I didn’t have enough time and energy to read. When thinking about it now, I believe that it was just an excuse because I didn’t understand what reading a book really was like.
Now, reading comes naturally to me and I simply love getting to dive into another world and getting to read these characters’ lives. Recently, I heard about the Netflix Original Show Shadow and Bone. I had never heard of these books before and I researched and saw that there were a few books in the series. I decided to read the books before the show came out and I enjoyed the books so much. I found myself diving so deep into the world that it was hard for me to put the book down. Reading for me is something that I enjoy and hope to continue my love for it. I will not let life get in the way and stop me from reading.
Reading is another great self-care activity for several reasons. It offers a chance to escape daily life’s stresses and demands by immersing oneself in a different world, whether through fiction, non-fiction, or even self-help literature. This mental escape can reduce stress, improve mental health, and promote relaxation. You can unwind by reading materials related to your areas of interest, such as sports. If you’re a fan, you can follow platforms like Jeffrey Rusert to enjoy the latest developments in your favorite sports like football.
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