I’m sure you know the sort of person. You’re chatting, and suddenly the topic of reading comes up. You say that you read maybe a couple of books a week and that you spend a lot of your spare time reading. Then they say it:
“Oh, I don’t have the time to read.”
When people say this, it frustrates me so much. Do they have this image of us doing NOTHING but reading 24/7? Spending every spare moment with our head in a book, shirking responsibilities? Sure, it sounds like heaven – but that’s not how it works.
If you love something, if you’re passionate about it, you make time for it. Whether it’s reading, watching films, rock climbing, horse riding, knitting, whatever. That time that you might spend watching TV, I might be reading. So sure, you have the time to read – you just choose to spend it differently.
Basically, I’m pretty fed up with how, when I mention that I read a lot, many people seem to assume that’s ALL I do. Um, no. I’m currently studying for my Masters degree so I have lectures to attend, course reading to do, assignments to write, a thesis to start thinking of. Plus nights out with friends, day trips and more – and you know what, I still make some time for my other interests like reading and playing video games.
I’ve lost count of how many times the immediate response to me reading a lot is “I don’t have time to read”. Yeah well neither do I – I make it. Sometimes I wonder whether it’s just another way of saying they don’t particularly enjoy reading.