When you go to school, you write down your notes. Applying for a university or college, you have to enter a written overview of your professional life. At work, you submit your written report to the manager. Wherever you go, in every stage of your life, there’s always the requirement to write something. Ugh, it’s so boring, isn’t it? How wonderful it would be if instead, the necessity was to watch YouTube videos instead of taking down notes, scrolling through the never-ending Instagram reels rather than registering with a century-long college application, and binge-watching a Netflix series in place of writing a word-filled mass of boring nonsense aka a report? Life would be so cool!
But hold up, don’t engross in those fantasies floating through your head just yet. Get a grip! So now, when we think about those amazing entertaining content, take a step back, dive in, and ponder: where exactly does all this come from? Who are the terrific brains behind these amusing ideas? I know that the answer has come to you: yes, again, it all traces back to the writers. Think about it. It’s not like the actors suddenly got some super-duper punch lines in their heads. It’s the script writer’s wits! The endless hours they spend on writing, reading, reworking, and all the effort they put into creating a perfect masterpiece consisting of white papers on which large letters of ink are printed – results in the mega-hit two-hour videos that we will never quite just get weary of watching.
Ahh! But why does everything in this world have to do with writing? Don’t pout just yet. I’m hoping, that if you do have the kind patience to continue skimming through this small written work, it might just make you replace the ‘Ahh!’ impression that you have about ‘writing’ and ‘reading' with a ‘Yay’! When the thought of reading occurs in our mind, naturally the visualization (for non-bookworms) is staring at tightly bound leaves of paper on which words from the mind of some person who claims to be an author are poured out. Why would it matter to us? It’s all the views of the writer, it would impact our lives in possibly no way at all. If that’s what you think, let me reverse that assumption just a tiny bit.
Reading – it’s not about agreeing with the author, not about sharing their beliefs. Our world is just so rich in diversity for even just two people to agree on the same ideology. Then what? The sole purpose is to understand the opinions of the person – to flick through the chapters of their lives, to realize their strategies to face the circumstances in life. They play the vital role of acting as the eye-openers of our judgments partial just to one story – and blinded to the untold stories that lay beyond. It also has a side of intellectual improvement – you just become so exposed to the concepts of others that you feel yourself out there in the real world – facing the fact that your theory is contrary to the majority in the world! Writers pour in their stories - fantasy stories with the ups and downs of their world. The endless flow of words from their brains into slips of paper is like the boundless current of electricity in our homes and workplaces – they are the source of instant energy, motivation, and inspiration that we need. The small push that we always needed to go out there and shine like stars!
But when you just flip the page – and look through the eyes of the writer – they narrate a completely different story. I, as a writer, am just fascinated by this amazing process – it just feels magical to be able to express the feelings flooding your mind into documents that you can revisit – any time you want. And what’s more of a pleasure is that I can share it with the world – with millions of people young and old, and get them to start considering, that maybe reading written works is after all not so bad – and maybe even a luxury to cherish. As a wise person once said; ‘A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies', and well, if you get the chance to visit the lives of so many people, whilst chilling on your bed indulged in a novel, what more could you possibly need!
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