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A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin

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Books are portals to multitudes of universes. Some universes are made of dragons, heroes and love. Others open up a new world of thought, ideals and impact. Whichever world we dive into, books often offer a place for us to expand our imagination and perspective. Which is why reading is important; it keeps our mind activated in a constant flow of thoughts and a peek into a world of diversity.

But for what purpose are we doing this? Why do we see the need to work our brains so much when we can simply enjoy Netflix? Here are 3 reasons why you should never go without a book:

Staying curious
Ever wondered what it would be like if the world only has an angle of thought? Sounds rather boring, doesn’t it? For one to read a book is a step to another’s perspective. Readers are able to have different takeways that is personalised to themselves through their experiences in life. Concepts and ideas can be weaved into the lives of readers, integrating their thoughts and increasing knowledge to share insight with others.

Keeping current and staying updated
There is always a new discovery somewhere in the world, and so many topics we have yet to uncover apart from the things we learn in school. With new innovation and ideas, it is beneficial for readers to get an in depth understanding in topics revolving their everyday lives. From game theory to artificial intelligence, reading up on some relevance might give a better perspective to our fast changing world and how things have evolved one way or another. Books aren’t just an escape to another universe, they can also be open doors to opportunities of new ideas and a commonplace for knowledge.

In the words of Walter White from Breaking Bad, “Apply yourself”
The best part about acuiring knowledge is being able to apply it, be it in theories, attitudes or changing a certain lifestyle. When we get caught by characters in the story or a point the researcher mentioned, it’s also a point of contemplation and finding relevance in our lives. One can learn to be introspective from reading and look into areas of within or the world to become a better thinker, talker, achiever, and you get the point; to be a better version of yourself.

So start living a thousand lives in a lifetime, because someday, the lives you led can be an inspiration to others to be a better version of themselves.

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