Date Someone Who Loves To Read

Paolo Raeli
Paolo Raeli

Reading is an immortal portal into millions of other worlds.

It’s not just about taking words on a page and breaking them down in the brain.

It’s about opening yourself up to ideas and cultures and people who are foreign to you. It’s about realizing that an entire universe exists outside of your day-to-day schedule, that the petty things that once irritated you become a lot less irritating when you begin to understand how many other things are out there in the world. 

Problems, struggles, injustices, joys, truths, wrongs. Corruption. Scandal. Goodness. Selfishness. Selflessness. Decisions. Ways of coping. Addictions. Challenges. Kindnesses. Relationships. Mistakes. Lies. Sacrifices.

So. Many. Things.

And reading exposes you to many of the ones you would have otherwise been forever unaware of.

So date someone who loves to read.

Because reading is not about being the most intelligent, most educated, most sophisticated person. It’s not about being better than others. It’s not about superiority.

It’s about opening your eyes, as wide as you possibly can. To absorb as many stories as your brain is capable of absorbing – fiction and nonfiction, historical and fantastical, humorous and heartbreaking. So that you can understand those who are different than you, those who have lived lives much different than yours. So that you can comprehend the fact that there are an infinite number of stories out there that will not be anything like your own.

And to understand that, at the end of the day, despite your endless differences to others, you still have your humanity in common. At the end of the day, we’re all human.

That’s what reading does. Reading reminds us that we’re all human, that we’re all suffering, that all any of us really want is to feel our souls connect to another.

So date someone who loves to read.

Because it means they are open. They are curious. They are loving. They understand that they are just a tiny spec in the universe. They understand that their story is not the most important story. They understand that their story is one of many.

They understand the importance of being accepting and understanding, and when they inevitably fail, they will keep trying. Because stories continue to remind them how important it is to keep trying.

Date someone who loves to read. So that your world only gets bigger. Never smaller. TC mark

Kim Quindlen

I'm a staff writer for Thought Catalog. I like comedy and improv. I live in Chicago. My Uber rating is just okay.

Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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