Friday, March 16, 2007

Reading Ability

I don't read the same way I did as a younger man. When I was a teenager and twentysomething, I could sit for hours reading. The books would so transport me that I ignored people talking to me. The world the books represented felt real, and often I longed to join them.

Now, at the ripe old age of 36, I read more clinically. I can read for 45 minutes to an hour at a time, no more. My attention is less on the story and the world, because a part of it keeps an eye on what's going on around me. I just noticed this difference the other day.

I have two kids and a wife, and think this is part of my change. Anyone else experienced anything like this?

1 comment:

Steve said...

I used to be able to read a book a day as a teenager, now I have teenage children, its more likely to be one a month.