On January 11 2017, Carla Diane Hayden — the librarian of Congress — tweeted this picture of her with a 4-year-old little girl:
Having read approximately 1000 books, the 4-year-old Daliyah Marie Arana had the opportunity to become “Librarian of the Day” in the Library of Congress. A real child prodigy, Daliyah began to acknowledge words when she was just 18 months old. And when she turned 2 years old, she could already read her very first children’s book. Now, 2 years later, she has the ability to read college-level text, a speech called “The Pleasure of Books” by William L. Phelps.
“I like to check out books every day,” Daliyah said. “And I want to teach other kids to read at an early age, too,” Daliyah told the Gainesville Times. The words that she said were impressive; at 4 years old, she already has a dream to motivate others to read. When I was 4, I motivated myself to poop on a daily basis because I felt constipated all the time.
Since Daliyah is an avid reader, she can absorb and retain so much new, difficult words that even a 12-year-old can’t comprehend. Having a genuine interest in dinosaurs, Daliyah can spit numerous facts about the extinct species as she aspires to be a paleontologist one day. Isn’t she amazing?
Now, now. Obviously we have to come to our senses — it’s impossible for us to read thousands of books, let alone finishing them before we turn 4. I’m sure we all have past the age of 17. Nonetheless, it’s still not too late for us to be like Daliyah and absorb every information available from various books. The saying “Books are the Windows of the World” is cliche, but true — reading assists you to understand the things you initially have zero clue of, relate to past events in which you haven’t even born yet, and even foretell the surreptitious future (like what the novel 1984 does). The act of reading literally opens up your mind into a whole new paradigm, as the information that you achieve will definitely inspire you to the core. Then again, there are an abundance of resources when it comes to reading; mine will always be both the internet and random ass books. That’s why I find it ridiculous when elders, mostly teachers, attempt to ban adolescents from using the internet: whether you ban it or not, the world will keep on moving out there. But if you use the internet for all the wrong reasons, especially for watching porn 24/7, what the fuck is wrong with you?
It’s understandable that reading can be extremely boring. Occasionally, people tell me stuff like, “I will never be able to read novels. They are so boring! Only a bunch of words without any pictures”. Well you know what else is boring? Waiting for random ass people to buy my mother’s $2 cookies from day to night ever since I could walk, and guess what? When those people actually come, they don’t really want to buy the cookies anyway! They sometimes just eat away the testers and complain on why it is not crispy enough. A lot of things are far more tedious to me than the act of reading itself. Waiting to graduate from a 4-year major I fucking hate is boring. Spending the holidays without ever going anywhere ever since I came out from the womb is boring. So I suppose, reading isn’t even that bad. Besides, reading can be a sort of escape when things get rough; it provides some kind of an alternate universe where everything seems better than it’s supposed to be. However, do not forget to keep being critical when you do your reading. You need to know where your stance on essential matters is when accumulating information about the economy, social, culture, race, politics, history, and so on. After absorbing your reading materials, you have to choose which information to retain based on credibility and your own perspectives— this is when critical thinking comes in handy. After all, you are probably older than the 4-year-old Daliyah, who at this point can only absorb and retain as much as she possibly can. And for those who don’t read because they are afraid to be assumed as “nerds”… you know, I’ve been called worse. I’ve been called “that girl who just had sex”, just because someone thought my hair was a pile of mess. “Nerd” is less offensive, I guess