Is reading really that difficult? This question pops up in my mind every time I procrastinate about reading . Before I get started with this topic, I will like to thank you for stopping by. If you are reading this, then somehow you love reading and that’s a great thing.
Reading is a great challenge to many people in this generation(Atleast from what I see in Cameroon) Often, people have a bunch of things to do that they just don’t find the time to read. Sometimes they do not even see the need to when they have lots of other interesting stuff going on around them. Reading is a great way of learning about things you couldn’t otherwise have known. Reading a book irrespective of the genre is equally a great way to learn new words and improve on your vocabulary.
I believe that the many forms of entertainment around us and sheer laziness contribute greatly to discouraging us from reading. People ask themselves questions like “How can I sit down to read when I have so many things to do?
Let me talk about my personal experience with reading. In secondary and high school, I loved reading so much that I will finish a 300 page book in less than a day. I remember reading lots of novels on adventure, suspense, romance and a lot others. I was always excited about reading books and moving on to others. I believe that one of the primary reasons why I was able to do this was because I had no other form of entertainment and because the distractions were very limited.
Fast Forward to a few years later during my university days, it was almost impossible for me to finish a 100 page book in a month. I always found myself so busy with lots of things that I will never find the time to read. When I was able to pick up a book to read, I will either doze off or get distracted with a movie or TV show. I was so worried that I wasn’t reading as much as I should but I wasn’t making any efforts to read more. I felt really frustrated because I knew and understood the benefits of reading but I just wasn’t ready to commit my time to it.
Eventually, I tried to figure out what way to get the reading habit back in me. I started by promising myself that I will read at least a page of a book every day (this didn’t include school handouts or notes) This seemed quite tough for me to accomplish because I was always missing out. Again, I made a second promise that I will read at least One book in a month. This worked out quite well for the first few months but I later abandoned it.
I knew I was failing myself again but I didn’t care anymore. I kept asking myself..Why is Reading so difficult? I later realised that during the times I read, I wrote better and spoke better than when I didn’t read. I told myself I had to get back to reading. I started forcing myself to read often and this soon became a habit and later became a hobby. (I’m still struggling with it though).
Very often we are so consumed by the many activities going on around us that we ignore reading. Many youths are so lazy to read. To some, reading is a tiring process. The reading culture is so absent in Cameroon in particular that you will hardly find youths occupying themselves with a book (except for school handouts and text books)
Taking Social media Platforms like Facebook for example, people are more eager to click the “like” button than they are to read a post (especially if it is a long post.) In some WhatsApp group chats , I notice that whenever someone sends a long post, not many people actually read that post. Some group members will either complain that the post is long or will just ignore the post. Others sometimes go back to read when an interesting comment has been made in relation to the post (I am sometimes guilty of this too). There is even a Social Media Meme with “Too Long” written on it. Most people use these accross social media Platforms whenever they encounter long posts and do not want to read. Now my worry is, Do people refuse to read because they are busy or simply because they do not want to engage in the reading activity? Well you can ask yourself that question. I can bet that there are many people who will visit this blog and won’t even read to this point. CONGRATULATIONS if you made it to this point.
Take home tips
To make this post short enough for both those who love reading and those who do not, I will leave the following tips
1. Make reading a habit by reading at least a page of your favourite book or a page of any book everyday. Make reading a part of your daily schedule just like you will with bathing, praying, workout etc…..It will soon become a habit.
2. Never hurry to finish a book. Take your time to savor the contents of the book and you will realise that you will long for more.
3. Try reading a variety of book genres. This will enable you determine which are you best and you can compare writing styles.
4. Take advantage of the rich vocabulary some books have by learning new words and phrases and using them in your daily communication.
5. Try writing too. Reading will build your knowledge and this can inspire you to write something that others can read too.
6. I know this is hard to do but if you really want to read, get rid of any distractions while you are at it. Things like your smart phone and your TV should be put aside. This will let you dedicate whatever time you allocated for reading just for reading.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read through.I hope today day isn’t your last day on my blog. Keep coming back for more…Cheers. 😙