How I Became Obsessed with Reading

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I used to hate it.


When I was a kid, my parents had often encouraged me to read. They would take me to the library, buy me children’s books and occasionally point at a kid who was burying his nose in a book and suggest I do the same.

But why? I asked them. Why should I read if I don’t enjoy it? Reading just isn’t as fun as, you know, playing with Barbie dolls or digging up worms in the garden.

“Reading will make you smarter,” they proclaimed. If you read a lot of books, it’ll help you at life.

What a Life of Travel Feels Like

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When I first started traveling in Southeast Asia, I’d stop by every Chinatown there was, shop at the largest malls I could find and eat at the highest-rated restaurants. That was what I thought traveling was — adventure and excitement from seeing and eating the same things others before me had done.

It was fun, no doubt, but at times I would wonder if there was more I could do.