“You must feed your mind with reading material, thoughts, and ideas that open you to new possibilities.”- Oprah Winfrey
It is one thing to get inspired from the reading habit of highly successful people. It’s quite another when you are a Jane Doe and yet emulate their patterns.
Recently, I got quite knee-deep into reading, taking notes and analyzing them. After 1 month and 7 days later, I came to few conclusions
Reading is a lonely job
My love for books has officialized my status as a ‘social hermit’, and the more I read, the more of an anomaly I become.
It’s highly possible that you read half-an-hour a day and still get time for the weekend brunch, post office-hour hangout or binge-watching Netflix.
But I found out, the kind of intense reading every alternate productivity-hacks article list about, leave little room for other equally dope stuff.
Reading made me misanthropic
How can you deeply read “Crime and Punishment” and not see right through the warped social justice prevailing these days ?
Doesn’t pondering over the life of “Ana Karenina” makes us question the duplicity of traditional conjugal life?
Will liking Michael Shermer and believing astrology in real life, ever go hand-in-hand?
In case you are open to absorb, get shocked and ponder via books, over time, it bounds to convert you to a cynical .
Post-Script: In an eco-system which puts obedience on pedestal, reading can be lethal. It makes you doubt your parents, religion, and society at large.
It also teaches- picking your battles carefully doesn’t prevent you dying a little, over the ones, you ‘chose’ to lose.
Reading can be compulsive
Reading is highly addictive. It turns people into vocabulary-hoarder or a self-improvement junkie, who pig out but implement nothing.
It’s better to take a pause between two books and smell the roses for few days.
You feel guilty about reading for pleasure
“It is one of the chief ways that I learn, and has been since I was a kid. These days, I also get to visit interesting places, meet with scientists and watch a lot of lectures online. But reading is still the main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding.”
Describing their reading habits, very few of ‘super-achievers’ speak about reading for pleasure. Heck, even among my voracious reader friends, most prefer ‘serious’ stuff over fictions.
Note: Dostoyevsky, Neil Gaiman, Murakami are surprisingly devoured by non-fiction junkies. Oh, and the LOTR series.
“Reading challenges” chip away the fun
What make me scratching head- speed-reading and listening to audio books now fall under ‘reading’ category. How the mighty has fallen. Excuse me, if suddenly I feel terribly old.