5 Reasons To Read

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I’m not here to sell you on the benefits reading. There are more compelling scientific resources to do that. But I do want to share some day-to-day ways my life is better because of reading.

There is a big caveat to all of this: I am a reader. It’s baked into my bones; it’s how my head and heart are wired. 

As a child I read in the back of the minivan, in the corner at family gatherings, and on the swing set. I read 1984 – for fun – on the bus to away games while my varsity basketball teammates chatted around me and Ja Rule blasted from the boombox speakers. My reading petered off in college and early adulthood, but I found it again because I’m pulled to lead a reading life. I always will be.  Not everyone is; we all fill our cups in different ways. 

But if you are a reader looking for permission to read, or you want to be a reader and never find the time to make it happen, I hope my reasons can get you thinking about your own.

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Reading motivates me to move – I’ve never been able to keep an exercise routine post-high school, but when I have an audiobook to look forward to, I’m out there walking at least 30 minutes a day. I started listening to audiobooks at the start of the pandemic, pushing twin babies in a stroller around the neighborhood to pass the time, and I’ve never looked back.

Reading inspires me to adult – Folding laundry, washing dishes, cleaning out the car, decluttering the playroom – it is approximately 50% less annoying with an audiobook.

Reading is the best “sittervising” activity – All the Busy Toddler fans out there know there is nothing better than sittervising. So when the kids are occupied – inside, outside, or even in the bath – you can find me nearby watching and reading to pass the time. Of course, sometimes I’m also adulting, but I try to use sittervising time to read as much as possible.

Reading allows me to repair relationships with my kids – Sometimes the days are difficult. Sometimes I yell. And when I come back to apologize and repair, I find it always helps to snuggle up and connect over a book.

Reading gets me unstuck – For me, reading is cathartic. I laugh, I cry, I swoon. I revel in the beauty of phrases and paragraphs. Reading also makes me pause and reflect and sometimes it inspires action in my life that I wouldn’t have otherwise taken.  

So that’s why reading works for me in this season. What resonates with you? What reasons do you have to read? 

Categories: Why Read?

1 Comment

Diana · October 9, 2022 at 6:12 pm

Love this post. I do think that audiobooks are an amazing way to integrate and motivate adulting – love how you put this. The “reading getting me unstuck” really resonates with me because that is often what writing does for me, pouring a lot of joy, anger, emotions into the page. Shout out on this blog and excited to read more! ❤️

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