One of the hardest things about being a writer is finding the time to just sit back and read. I’m ashamed to admit that aside from the occasional story, I’ve hardly read any books since beginning my writing career. That’s unfortunate, as reading was what made me realize I wanted to be a writer in the first place.
So this week, that changed. I sat down and took the time to do some reading. And you know what? It was fun! It reminded me of the days when I’d sneak in pages to read between classes or curled up with a good book while everyone else was watching TV. It felt wonderful being lost in a fantasy world with new characters I’ve never met before, as if I was meeting new friends for the first time.
It’s easy to get distracted or overwhelmed when life gets busy. Sometimes we can barely find enough time to eat or sleep, let alone relax. But it’s always important to have that downtime…to have that time where you can sit down and enjoy the moment. Reading is a form of entertainment that is as classic as time itself, and despite the fun found in our latest technologies, television and games can only go so far in helping us develop our imaginations to enjoy written worlds. As you go about your weekend, I encourage you to enjoy a book or story and take some time to relax in this busy thing called life.