I don’t remember when it happened or why but I stopped reading. I mean I would still read every so often but not like I use to when I was a child and could disappear in a book or two for a couple days or so and come back to reality only wishing to be lost in another book. I remember the days when I would reach for a book but now, I choose to watch a show or listen to a song. What happened to the days lost in books, imagining a life that isn’t my own but a life created in part by the book and in part by my own imagination?
Somewhere between elementary school and high school, I lost that. Now as I have grown older, I miss it but clearly not enough for me to be reaching for books as readily as I use to. So, because of what I want to do with my life, and because of this blog, I am trying to teach myself to read again. This time, it’s a more focused reading. I want to learn more about psychology but not in a textbook way but in readable books kind of way. I never read any of my textbooks when I went to college anyways. I would start off the year well and read a chapter or two but then I would give up. I didn’t learn much academically, I learned a lot from living on campus, from the people I have met, from the experience of being in college but not from the school work itself. It’s sad because it is those marks that matter the most ultimately and I am so afraid my marks just aren’t high enough for me to get into Grad School. I should be working on my applications and I will but I also need to get back to finding these simple pleasures such as reading and learning through non academic ways. I always learned the most when I would randomly do my own research on random things when I was younger. One of the main reasons why I know so many random facts is that natural curiousity of mine.
This is a reason why you see a goodreads widget on my sidebar now. I will be writing about the books I read, not reviewing them per se but more like responding to them.
I really want this blog to help me learn more about psychology and how to get myself to becoming a psychologist/counsellor/therapist. I want to help people but I can’t do that unless I learn more and in order to do that, I need to read more.
So, today, I read. When was the last time you read?