In literature we experience other worlds and the character’s presence within them. Through reading we are given a lens into the minds and lives of both fictional and real life characters- a scope that can profess both falsehoods of reality as well as the truths in which we live. As Shakespeare’s conceit expresses a truth of humans being mere players of the world’s stage, it shows the depths in which we live our lives. We all have different roles we play that make us who we are. Let it be as a student, family member, artist, employee, athlete or friend- we all portray different sides of ourselves in various streams of our personal being. As our character changes with the mode of life it is evident that the things we read, learn, and experience play a major role in shaping us all into what the world sees.
As a child you were in the most vulnerable stage of life. Everything is a new, exciting opportunity to learn and everything you experience has a lasting impression on the person you will become. Hence, reading as a child is vitally important in the process of human growth and development. Looking back now on the stories and books I read as a child I can see how reading alone has influenced me as a person. I remember times my mom or dad would read to me before bedtime, those first few books I was able to read on my own and those books turning into ones I would later read and share with my siblings. Personally, I grew up with stories like Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Winnie the Pooh, as well as numerous nursery rhymes and bible stories. All the things I read as a child and into adulthood have given me little pieces of wisdom, experience and enjoyment throughout my life. I’m sure each one of us could recall one or two stories we read as children that have had a lasting impression in shaping your current personhood.
Literacy is a major part of life. Every turn of the page, written word or remembered quote can leave a lasting mark. When we read and analyze Shakespearean works, novels like The Great Gatsby, The Outsiders or The Catcher in the Rye amongst many other pieces commonly studied in school, our minds are awakened to an endless array of thought provoking opinions, metaphors and allusions that allow a reader to grow in knowledge and understanding of the world and their role within it. Take a second to reflect on the novels or words that have had the greatest influence in your life. Even for those of us that are not avid readers, words still make a difference in how we perceive the world around us. Literacy and reading is something that shapes and grows with us out of childhood and lasts till our final days. Reading is a way we communicate with others, navigate from point A to point B and is a spectacular form of experience and knowledge. Without the basic fundamentals of literacy and reading we would be at a loss of the full experience life has to offer.
By harnessing our inner child we can experience every word we read in a new light. As we go about our daily lives on the world stage remember the roots from which you’ve grown and the branches that lead to new and exciting adventures of experience, being and reading.