Even if I can’t remember the first book I read fully, I have enjoyed reading ever since I can remember. There is something about entering another space, if you will, and imagining, if only for the duration of a novel, for example, what it’s like to be in another person or persons shoes.
Granted some of the characters, particularly tragic ones, wear shoes that are a bit too tight. Still, all one has to do then is to turn the page and eventually the tightness loosens. There, everyone can breathe again.
Real life can be a bit like that too, all too often, which is why I advocate reading, not only as an escape route, but also as a good practice to keep the mind open to different ways of life, different perspectives, different options.
I write about this in my July Huffington Post blog: Reading Leads to Bigger Ponds.
You know what they say, ‘life doesn’t have to be a closed book.’
Who are they, anyhow? Never mind, why not open a book, a magazine and gain a different perspective.