Reading. A concept that is not new by any means and yet, it seems that many people overlook it. As a bookworm, I find it disappointing that so many people don’t seem to realize what they’re missing out on. Books allow you to have adventures, travel to far off lands and, for a moment in time, live somebody else’s life.
Television and movies have replaced books because people can watch instead of read. However, while films and television are great, they don’t allow you to imagine the characters and the places how you want to. Take Harry Potter for example. I love Harry Potter, books and movies. That aside, the movies have completely altered how I physically think of the characters and places. While Emma Watson is a wonderful Hermione, she is not how I imagined Hermione to look when I first started reading the books but is now the only way that I can picture Hermione.
I believe that people should take more time to sit down with a book because you can live that alternate reality for a bit and in the end, your life is still waiting for you to live it when all is said and done. Reading allows you to be a beautiful princess, a daring spy, a cowboy conquering the old west, or the underdog that comes out on top. Books let you live another life with no consequences and the best part is that you can live different lives over and over again.
But what if a book ends and you’re not happy with the ending? Rewrite it. Make the story what you want it to be. After all, it is your story, your alternate reality for that particular space in time. And what if a book ends and you want more? Write the next part of the story. Let your imagination take you where you want to go. The best part? If you don’t like how it turned out you can scrap it and rewrite it. Reading books doesn’t constrain you to any world, life, personality; they only expand on the life you can live in a book or reality. Books expand the imagination. They give us hopes and dreams the we can strive to achieve. Books remind us that nothing is impossible if you really want it.
My challenge to you: next time you’re bored and decide to watch a movie pick up a book instead. I think you’ll be surprised.