What does the ability to read mean to you?

After graduating yesterday and National Book Week having passed by last month (4-10 October), a question had slowly brewed in my mind.

At first I thought it was a silly question and one which didn’t really apply to me.

On closer inspection though, I realised that it actually had very serious implications and it deserved a bit of attention.

I wonder if you’ve ever asked yourself this question. What would life be like for you if you couldn’t read?

You might just rubbish this way as inapplicable and pointless, but the ability to read is actually life-changing.

Let’s think it through.

Firstly, if you couldn’t read, you wouldn’t be reading this blog post.

At the other extreme, simply getting to another destination from your home would be tricky; imagine trying to look for an unfamiliar road, being given only its name, but being unable to know what that is spelt like.

Even getting on the right bus or getting off at the right stop on the Tube would be difficult if it was unfamiliar.

You wouldn’t realise it, but through your ability to read and capture new information, you learn so many new things each day.

For example from a few minutes of scanning Facebook posts, you could learn that your friend is in a relationship, on the tube to work you could read the letters on an advert and discover that there is a big event happening soon which you might want to attend.

The things we find tedious, frustrating and annoying, but are everyday necessities, could be so much more complex if we had difficulty reading. Imagine trying to fill out lengthy forms for a bank loan if you had trouble reading?

Even a task such as reading instructions on how to apply medication into your eye would be a challenge.

I’ve had a realisation; how thankful I am for my ability to read and write, and I hope that if you’re reading this, you are too.


One thought on “What does the ability to read mean to you?

  1. Also, a point you missed, if you can’t read, you can’t write! You would be limited to vocal communication! It’s definitely an ability taken for granted, you just have to look at the difficulties experienced by Dyslexic people.

    Excellent article as always 🙂 xxx


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