Open a book, and you open a mind.
I had been out of touch with reading for a while. Life’s priorities took over. There was also a year where I dedicated my time solely to write one, and the reading sabbatical extended another year. Now that I’m back to reading, I feel like a new reader again. Apart from the good old traditional books, i also invest time in going through some amazing blogs related to mind and life. The benefits reading brings, seems like a very less explored area to me. You’ll hear people rave about fitness, travel, clothing and more, but not many speak about books and reading. I wonder why it is, that reading is considered more nerdy, than cool. Personally, I’ve never felt cooler than with a book in my hand, and words in my mind.
As my reading picked up of late, I see welcome changes in me, that I wasn’t even looking for.
Idle no more. I’m never idle anymore, nor is my mind, that once used to be a devil’s workshop. It now has words to play with and stories to ponder over. I feel humble and inspired, reading the works of several talented writers, as I find myself in awe of their creativity, and the ability to create something out of nothing.
Better vocabulary. This is quite evident and popular a result, reading brings. As you keep reading, over a period of time, you’ll notice that your vocabulary has got better, without any specialized effort. It is only when someone compliments you on the words you use, you realize what a wonderful boon the books you read brought to you.
Creative exercise. When I read fiction, a whole new world is painted in my mind. The characters, the clothes they wear, the food they eat, the way they look, the people they interact with, are all up to me to imagine, based on just a few words. What a wonderful creative exercise it turns out to be, as my imagination paints a world on its own. A creative and imaginative mind, is without a doubt, a happy mind.
A better life. No, I’m not exaggerating at all. Self help non fiction, among others, is a genre I like to read often. Every self help book that I read, ends up teaching me something, and with every thing that I learn, I find myself making some meaningful changes in life.
An open mind. I can’t help but keep an open mind, when I read about people and places, cultures and experiences. This quality seeps into me and stays, long after I close the book.
Every book that I read, is a world in it’s own, a world that I travel to, in search of a destination residing in the last page. The kind of journey where you want to reach the destination, but wish the way never ends. Every book that I hold, soon becomes a friend, a friend that never leaves you alone, the kind that is a treasure of love and learning. Don’t take my word for it, grab a book instead, and explore the magic of reading!