Words have the power to be an escape.
I’ve been reading my whole life, and I would agree that reading is the best form of escapism.
Yael Kaufman from Elite Daily, said that reading books today can be better for people.
“I feel like books get a bad rep,” Kaufman said. “For some reason, reading them seems like work, which is something we have enough of. In my opinion, it’s probably because, for some of us, the last time we picked up a book, we were forced to read stories about things we didn’t care about at a time when we didn’t care about anything except flirting with the opposite sex and going off campus for lunch. But things are different now.”
Being in a world surrounded by devices that spurt notifications every second, it’s hard to look away. Sometimes it feels like you need a break from the screen.
Reading can provide that form of escape, and the best thing about it is that there is no screen and no time for distraction. The only aspect that gets put to work is your imagination. This comes with health benefits.
According to learningmind.com, when you read a book, you’re opening yourself up to emotions and thoughts that you wouldn’t feel otherwise. You’re making yourself vulnerable to learn and grow as a person and reading can help you find who you are.
Reading also helps you relax and focus on one thing at a time, reducing stress levels.
I became passionate about reading when I was in eighth grade with “Harry Potter.” Those books changed my life. I felt attached to the characters and the story in a way that I never felt before.
The best part of reading is also being able to talk about novels with other people. When your friends are reading the same book, you experience new things and discuss new thoughts.
But I also believe you have to read what you’re interested in because, if you don’t, you become disinterested.
Jaime Zepeda, from HuffPost, said reading can also help you be in the present moment and be in the world you are meant to be in.
“As with anything that fully engages your attention, reading makes you stop rushing or running from one point to the next,” Zepeda said. “Instead, you are where you need to be, right here, doing this, and all other things are secondary. The worries, anguish, fears, and ambitions of a moment ago are boxed away in a container that read ‘for later.’ Your only worry is flipping to the next page to find out what’s next.”
Overall, reading offers a sense of belonging, awareness and communication. Reading is what makes us understand the world around us and become more interconnected with other people.