Today I am about to say things that 17 year old me would have laughed at. Back then I wasn’t a fan of writing and I hated reading. I disliked reading since I was little. It was a struggle for my parents as they would constantly try to push me to read for class and to read for pleasure. I refused. It may have had to do with the fact that when I was younger my eyes jumped around alot and so it made it difficult for me to read. As for writing, I just didn’t like it. I actually became rather quick at it and semi-decent. Then senior year things started to change within me. All of a sudden I found myself wanting and choosing to read. It was mainly Nicholas Sparks books but still, I was at least reading. *Spoiler alert: I began to actually like reading. As for writing I still wasn’t a huge fan.
Then the accident happened which sparked significant change in my lifestyle and my abilities. While going through cognitive therapy and trying to prepare for college courses, my speech and cognitive therapist challenged me to start reading, pretty much anything and she would give me silly little situations that I had to write about (according to the prompt). The first book I read I think was Beauty & the Beast (the kids editions). Then Junie B. Jones. Before I knew it I was laying around all day reading Tuesdays with Morri, Percy Jackson, Divergent and well the list goes on… As for the writing I found myself enjoying the creative aspect and the ability to imagine what I would do if the situation applied in my life. And lets just say some of these topics were rediculous: write about an experience going to the grocery store. Stuff like that. Yet, here I am writing for myself and to those who stumble upon this blog.
I am grateful for the fact that I love reading and writing now. Reading has allowed me the opportunity to learn, imagine and explore new ideas or opportunities a bit further. Writing has provided an opportunity for me to express myself, to think (outloud) and to reflect on my current or past situations and to aspire for a brighter and healthier future. Both reading and writing have and continue to help me discover the balance I have within me and to use that to better myself. Today I have much gratitude for reading and writing.