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One of the things I didn’t talk about (in the interest of keeping the time at less than 4 minutes) was how I use reading as an escape. I think it’s always been an escape, really. An opportunity to not be myself for a little while, to fall into someone else’s life and live vicariously through them. That isn’t to say I have a bad life, because I don’t. But my life is so centered around work and education that sometimes I feel like there isn’t much time for anything else, and the stories I find between the pages allow me to go on adventures I don’t prioritize in my day to day life.
Now I suppose if anyone decided to count up the minutes I spent reading, they’d find that there’s enough time to go on vacation there. My excuse is that so many of those minutes happen during the school day, and so many of those minutes are stolen while waiting for the next thing to happen that … well, a vacation would be nice, but I’d probably pack a book.
All in all, there are worse habits to have, and there are worse things I could collect than books. They are the ultimate dumpees, after all.