November 23, 2014 by Roe
Roe Tip #2: Read, Read, Read
As much as I hate to admit it, school made me hate reading. It really did. It became something I loathed doing; So time-consuming, never-ending, and then I’d have to write a paper about it? Gimme a break!
It was a shame too because according to my parents I was reading at two years old; Couldn’t get enough of it. My dad was teaching me Hooked On Phonics before I could even form sentences, so I got an early start. Reading was one of my favorite things to do. I even had a bunch of interactive reading computer games for my early 90s Mac computer that I had such a blast playing.
But over and over the repetition continued, from middle school to college, to the point that if and when I had any free time I’d spend it hanging out with friends, watching TV, playing video games – Anything, really. Reading for pleasure? Why would I even subject myself to that? I think I’ll take a nap.
But once I graduated college, a wave of freedom washed over me. Now I didn’t have to report to anyone. I wouldn’t be getting graded or judged on my analytical skills, vocabulary, or understanding of the material. Now I could choose what I wanted to read, for my own benefit – and report to no one! It felt so good to know that.
At the time, I was just getting into Joseph Campbell and all of a sudden I had a thirst for knowledge, a thirst to absorb more. I spent my entire summer reading (something I rarely ever did in the past), and haven’t slowed since.
So check out my “Book Club” tab above where you can see what I’m reading now, what I’ve read, and what I look forward reading in the future. Check out some of books at your local library, go to Barnes and Noble or your local bookstore! Commit and be glad you did.
Reading keeps my mind sharp, seems to improve my writing skills, and has allowed me to continue my education even though school is no longer in session.
I think learning new things is so refreshing, especially when it can help you better yourself and the way you live your life.
Positive vibes +++