From Reading to Being

I read Historical Fiction. I lived in a make-believe past. I read Fantasy. I went into a fairy tale world. Historical Fiction and Fantasy, with a dabbling of Science Fiction made up the bulk of my reading for over ten years. What do I have to show for it? I can sit for long periods at a time, and I have a rather decent reading comprehension level.

 And then one day, about four or five years ago, I picked up some Non-Fiction. I figured with all the reading I do; I might as well learn something. My life has not been the same since. I went from leadership and psychology to health and fitness. Whatever I came across that I felt had the ability to improve my life, I read.

What has been the benefit? Almost every facet of my life has become a little bit better. In my opinion, the transformation has been amazing. I think different, feel different, and may even look a little different. There is a quality of life I imagine living and every day I get a little closer to it. All because I changed what I read about.

What you read when you don’t have to determines what you will be when you can’t help it.

Oscar Wilde

Nobody forces me to read. And unless you are in school, nobody is likely to force you to read. It is a choice with a myriad of benefits and very few cons. Regardless of age or ability, there is a wealth of wisdom available to us. The only thing holding us back is us. Make the choice to read. What is the worst that can happen?


  1. esoterica says:

    My mom was a school teacher, so I grew up surrounded by hundreds of books–both fiction and non-fiction–and to this day I consider it the greatest gift. Reading the potential to drastically improve our lives and, worst case scenario, it doesn’t resonate and you’re spent a few hours considering or challenging your opinion. Great post!

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    1. Tony Fine says:

      Thank you. My grandmother had an amazing library and it was one of the most impactful influences in my life. It is legacy that I’ll definitely be passing on to my son.

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  2. grampz70 says:

    RA Salvatore was the author that fired-up my imagination, along with most of the Forgotten Realms authors.

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    1. Tony Fine says:

      I never read any of his works. It may be something I’ll have to look at down the road.


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