Letter From a Leader

     What if I were to say that there is one activity that could earn you more money, get you promoted more quickly than others, help you date more often, decrease the stress in your life and allow you to live two more years than you are expected to? Would you sign up for this? What if I tell you that it can also be free?

     If you haven’t guessed it yet, it’s reading. Yes, reading every day can create cosmic changes in your life. If you question how you earn more money when you read, it’s simple. When you read consistently, your vocabulary and knowledge is more than those who do not read. When you have more vocabulary and knowledge than your co-worker, you get promoted more quickly, which means more money. It helps you date more often, because you are a strong communicator and have more options for conversation, which means you both have more fun on a date and you have more options of people to date. Your stress is reduced when you can find yourself immersed in a good book, which helps your heart, which finally adds two more years to your life. (TWO YEARS! What amazing adventures can you go on with that time?)

     Most teens have two reasons they can’t find time to read. First they say they are too busy. Did you know that reports say that most teens spend between two and nine hours a day on their electronic devices? What if you took a break from the drama, 20 minutes before bedtime to read something good?

     The second reason teens say they don’t read is that they can’t find anything good to read. It is true that some books are boring. It is true that many books that are chosen for you are not the ones you would have chosen for yourself. Maybe you haven’t found the book for you, but you have teachers, librarians and friends to help guide you. 

     If you are wondering why it matters whether you personally read, here’s why. You are about to launch into this weird and wacky world that expects you to do more with the information given to you. Why make it harder on yourself if you don’t understand the language well? When you learn to focus and read for pleasure, the information you need in this world is easier to digest. When it doesn’t take so much work to comprehend the information, you can focus on more important aspects of your life. 

     Now I know that I am preaching to the choir since you are reading this article, but find something really good to read, and then tell your friends. Read widely so that you can prepare yourself for a life of curiosity and knowledge. As Dr. Seuss says, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”