Anyone else hate reading when they were younger?
Did you have the feeling that with every page, the longer the book went on? Or, you’d read 10 pages of a book for homework only to look back and think; “What did I just read?”
Have you ever had the thought, ________ (insert favorite activity here) is my “thing, ” and reading is just taking away from being better at that?
That was me. And quite honestly, it is still me at times.
Growing up, my brother and sister could pick up a book hold it for thirty seconds and understand anything and everything presented. It could be a book of interest or a textbook, it didn’t matter, they had that skill, and I did not. At a young age, I understood the value of hard work and dedication; but the value of reading, I did not.
My interests were grounded in being active – playing outside, trying new sports, riding my bike all over the neighborhood. Contrary to all of the above, for most of my life, I really didn’t give my reading skills a second thought. From time to time, I’d ponder the question of why I hated reading so much, but after a few ticks, I’d quickly let the thought flutter out of my head. I had better things to consider.
Irony is a funny thing and what I’ve come to realize now, at 28 years old, is this: The more you read, the more you learn. The more you learn, the stronger your desire to read.
When I started “reading for fun,” was driven by a sense of accomplishment or pride for finishing the book. But now, while still a small win, I see the completion of a book as an opportunity to reflect and grow.
So, how did I find this passion for books? I read. I read what I wanted to read. I gave myself 15 minutes a night to read and have not looked back. It doesn’t matter what you read, just read!
Since beginning this journey, here is what I have read:
The Energy Bus – Jon Gordon
My Personal Best – John Wooden w/ Steve Jamison
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
Toughness – Jay Bilas
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
Make Your Bed – Admiral William H. McRaven (Ret)
Have some book suggestions? Go ahead an add a “comment” below.