Followed by, “Oh my. I’m so busy, I wish I had the time to sit down, not do anything, and read!”
Yeah. I get that very often. So often that I stopped telling them the truth (I usually read before bedtime, when everything is dead quiet, even if I’m dead tired. Other times are mornings when no one else is with me). Nowadays, my answer would be “whenever I have the time to”.
Ask any bookworm and they’ll tell you the same – that they wish they could just read, all day, every day. But reading doesn’t mean that they (we) are “not doing anything”. We are reading, you people! Reading requires effort. It requires patience. It requires time. And I don’t mean it just literally. I mean, you need to make time to read. You give it a tiny dose of priority, you give it some importance. Just like how you would treat your own hobby. Attending to your horse at the ranch after a day’s work, knitting, PlayStationing with other pros from other continents, running your Etsy store while juggling three part-time jobs, you know, like everything under the sun.
Please do not assume that people who read aren’t doing anything. While reading, we’re absorbing prose. We’re absorbing cultures. We’re absorbing narratives. We’re imagining things (this should sound better but this is all I could manage). We’re learning about history. We’re simply – absorbing. While you’re training Muay Thai, physically and mentally, we are doing the same – through books (you think holding a Kindle and switching around positions for two full hours is easy?). The knowledge we’re exercising, the information we’re processing – they don’t just magically self-process in our heads.
Take for example, while reading Mossad (I’m still at it), I came across the MiG-21. The only fighter jet I have shallow knowledge of are the F-15/16/18. That’s all. Nothing else. Back to the MiG-21 – While reading, I knew I needed more. So I abandoned my Kindle to research a little bit further before carrying on with the chapter. I learned that it was designed by Mikoyan-Gurevich, hence “MiG”. I learned that it was still the most powerful jet in the 1970s, despite being built in the 1950s.
These are information I couldn’t have possibly learned through my peers (except one, yes, you, Raymond). It was also knowledge that could ease my next espionage/WW read.
How do I find the time to read? Never. I just make time for it.