The Key to Reading

Huddle up, Inklings, because I'm about to share with you the secret to reading. The secret to sitting still and focusing on a single task for an extended period. The SECRET to enjoying a book that's boring, but you should read it anyway because it's a CLASSIC and I don't want to be uncultured.

The secret is... don't.

Or at least, that's part of it.

See, the thing is that not being able to sit still is not an inherent evil. Finding a book boring doesn't mean that I'm somehow a bad or uncultured person. And the thing about reading is that a lot of people think that reading is something you can only do well by sitting down and focusing on a book.

But not all of us are built like that, and that's okay.

Maybe you want to set up your book on the treadmill and walk while you read. Maybe you want to listen to an audiobook while you clean the house. Maybe you got three chapters into Where the Red Fern Grows and decided this is really not your style. All of those things are acceptable.

Reading part of Moby Dick and deciding that reading just isn't for you - that's a mistake. That would be like trying to hike the Appalachian Trail and deciding after the first couple hours that sports just aren't your thing. Maybe the Appalachian Trail isn't your style, or maybe you're not ready for it yet, but that's no reason to give up on the whole thing at once. So if you find yourself thinking "Man, that sounds like a fun story. Too bad I don't do books," maybe rethink why you think reading isn't for you. You might find that something has changed, or that there are still things worth trying.

#Reading #Trying

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