I follow a blogger named Jamie and she posted a really interesting revelation this morning that I want to share with all of you. It’s entitled “I Got The Message Loud & Clear: Reading Isn’t Cool” and it’s about her struggle as a bookworm child. How her family judged her and thought she was a quiet and socially awkward girl because she preferred reading than most other activities. And how that caused her to become a closet bookworm that had to hide her reading habits from her family and friends.
Has this happened to you?
I’ve never experienced this with my family but I definitely had this happen in high school. Jamie said “Being a bookworm held such negative connotations and even more so in middle school and high school where so many kids would proclaim how boring and uncool they thought reading was.” And this is how my peers viewed it also. If you did the reading assignments for class or even read outside of class, you were considered to be an extreme nerd or a goody-goody.
Why does learning and being a good student have such a stigma? I never understood that. I am in school to learn. I may not like all the subjects I’m being taught and I may not seen the relevance they will have to my life (i.e. geometry, trigonometry, and most other maths & sciences) but they will make me a more well-rounded person. A view that became even more important when I went to college. Yes, I was there to study Management, but I needed a social science and English classes too. I hated taking math classes in high school but if I hadn’t, then I wouldn’t have been able to pass my required accounting classes in college.
But back to the subject at hand. As I pointed out in my previous post, reading is a useful tool to keep your mind and wits sharp and will be beneficial in the long run. We have become a world that cares more about celebrities, even ones in other countries, more than our authors and artists. Don’t be shy to pick up a book every now and again. It’s okay to have reading as a hobby. Even if other people see it as just “sitting around”, you know the value of an adventure in the pages and escaping to another world. So live it, thrive in it, and enjoy it!