I have always loved books. I learned to read when I was three years old. I remember my father bringing home a bunch of Dr. Seuss books. I read those books with my mom who taught me to read. I liked turning the pages, seeing the words and pictures. I liked how you could string together bunches of letters and those bunches became an interesting or fun story.
As a child, I learned to read just so I could play with my books and do what my teachers asked. In order to pass exams in English classes, I had to learn to read for theme, point, and character development. I learned to read to provide pleasing answers for high school teachers and college professors. As a law student, I learned to read for black letter law, facts, issues and holdings. I learned to read to look for ways to apply legal principles to fact patterns in school, on the bar exam and later as a representative for my clients.
As an adult, I learned to read for sheer joy. Today I enjoy reading for a variety of reasons:
- to experience an interesting story
- to check out an old classic
- to enjoy the flow of words combining and aligning to create a new experience
- to learn something new
- to escape life for a short controlled period
- to watch the flow of words
It is sensational to learn to read so you can start a love affair with books.
I must say, reading as an adult is pure joy, enjoyment, and a unique pleasure. There is something truly wonderful and exciting about reading because you want to, not because you have to. As an adult, I am free to really enjoy my love affair with reading. I read what I want, when I want, and for as long as I want. It is so refreshing, so freeing, and so lovable. I learned to read as a child.
Over the years I have learned to read for many purposes. But, it was not until I became an adult that truly learned to read simply for the sheer joy of it. As an adult, I can read without having a purpose, without having to learn something, without even having to remember what it is I am reading a moment later. So, the question for you this sensational day is, what do you love about reading?