“The time to read is any time: no apparatus, no appointment of time and place, is necessary. It is the only art which can be practiced at any hour of the day or night, whenever the time and inclination comes, that is your time for reading; in joy or sorrow, health or illness.” –Holbrook Jackson

Have you ever wondered why reading is one of the first things being taught in school? The answer is as simple as this. Obviously, we will be using this skill until the dawn of our lives.

Saying that reading is essential is such an understatement. It is very hard to think of a life without reading that one cannot even imagine it.

Reading gives us the most colorful life imaginable. Passion for reading is one of the greatest gifts. Readers need not spend too much to fulfill their desire. Perks of reading are immeasurable. Reading can make us dream, can make our hearts bleed, can make us hope for another day, and has the power to change not only the reader but the whole world surrounding him.

Some things don’t last forever, but some things do. Like a good book or the memories left within us and forever etched in our souls by a good read. Reading is one of the keys in living a good life. As C.S. Lewis puts it, we read to know that we are not alone.

We read to know that we are not alone. Because in one way or another, we will realize that someone in this planet has experienced exactly what we had, has escaped exactly what we ran from, has embraced exactly what we had cherished.

We read to know that we are capable of doing something good. Can you imagine someone who cannot and does not read leading a country? “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader” is one sentence we cannot agree more. 

And most especially, we read to know that we live.

At the end of the day, I cannot help but hope that we are all readers, yet some haven’t found their favorite books yet.

By: Mrs. Elena H. Fabian | Tapulao Elementary School | Orani, Bataan

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