I’d like my career to be that of a professional reader.
I don’t want to do anything all day except read.
In the book I’m reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont she is talking about the things she says to her students.
“We are going to concentrate on writing itself, on how to become a better writer, because, for one thing, becoming a better writer is going to help you become a better reader, and that is the real payoff.”
Later in that same chapter she describes books,
“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”
And then she says of her students,
“This is why they are here: they love to read, they love good writing, they want to do it, too.” And that is why I am here. I love to read. I love to write. I hope someday I can be decent at it.
I may never get to a point where my writing can fund my dreams career of reading.
But for now, I’ll make sure I do both in all the moments I can find. It contributes nothing to the bottom line, but it in regards to life points it’s worth millions to me.