How Reading Changed My Life


I was in the first grade when I realized my love for reading. My passion for reading grew even stronger when my cousin gave me her copy of the second Harry Potter book. Ever since then,  I’ve spent hours reading and trying to create my own stories.

Here are some of the ways reading has impacted my life:

  1. Reading lets me escape the real world for a while. When life is not going the way I want it to, or the stress became too much, reading is a welcome break from everything that’s going on. It’s a break for my mind, and lets me focus on other things. There’s nothing like distracting yourself by reading about someone else’s stress.
  2. It has helped me become a better writer. Books opened me up to this world of words that I fell in love with. Reading inspires me to write, and the more I write, the better I get. I learned about how words flow and fit together just from reading all the time. Writing is a different kind of magic, and I want nothing more than for someone to read my work and get some kind of emotion from it.
  3. It helps me find the right words to describe how I’m feeling. This one may sound kind of cheesy, but I love quotes and I have a huge board on Pinterest with more than a few of my favorites. When I’m reading, I highlight phrases that I can relate to on a very personal level because it gives me a name for whatever I’m feeling at any given time- they can be about happiness, loneliness, family, pretty much anything. Finding a quote that perfectly sums up how I’ve felt at some point is like finding a 10 dollar bill on the ground, and I’ll probably write it out five times in different places so I can go back and read it whenever I need to.
  4. Books let me dive into new worlds and learn new things. I love reading books about different cultures, especially if it’s about a part of the world that I’ve been curious about. Books that are accurate and well-written can allow you to get in-depth with another culture’s customs, and the problems that accompany them. It’s the next best thing besides actually traveling to wherever the book is located.
  5. Reading makes me feel better and relaxes me. It usually takes me a while to fall asleep, and reading is the best way to wind down from a hectic day. I’ll make some tea, wrap myself in a blanket, start reading and my day gets a hundred times better. Even if I’m not about to go to sleep, going somewhere on my own to read can be a big mood changer.
  6. It made me feel not so alone. Words have a lot of power, and a lot of comfort. Books showed me that I was not the only one struggling with growing up and making decisions, and helped me realize that everything works out in the end. They gave me a complex array of characters that I could relate to, and rely on to help me through tough times. I will always be grateful for everything reading has given me, and if I could personally thank the author of each book that helped change me, I would.

But for now, here’s just a simple thank you.


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