Reading: is it a necessity or just another hobby? I believe it is an essential skill in life. It keeps your brain sharp and increases your ability to concentrate. Someone once said that “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” I couldn’t agree more with this statement.
Reading and the younger generation
Nowadays, children don’t read that much anymore. It’s a shame, isn’t it? Reading develops a child’s imagination, As the child learns more words in the process, they will acquire the ability to socialize better with other children or adults. Sadly, children of this generation are more likely to be glued to a screen instead of opening up a book. The truth is, we can’t really change that, since technology is starting to become more and more advanced and we’re somehow dependent on it.
I have to admit that as a child I didn’t enjoy it that much, since I was immersed in drawing, painting, crafting, or playing with Barbie dolls. I used to hate it when our teachers would make us read books for school as homework. I was in the 3rd grade when I finally picked on reading and discovered book genres that were to my liking. The more I read, new words and phrases have easily made their way into my vocabulary. I would look up words I wasn’t familiar with in a dictionary, which I would later infiltrate in my descriptive essays in middle school or even in stories that I would make up on my own.
Whenever we read a book, our brain is able to create a whole other world just from words that are written on paper, which only makes our imagination become more enhanced. Therefore, I believe reading should be a necessary “hobby” in our lives.
In 2021, try reading one book per month and encourage your friends and even your younger siblings to do so as well!