Why I'm a Poor Reader (Short Missive)
Updated: Apr 29
(Originally a social media post)
As a writer, I admit I am a poor reader. I am not lazy or anything. I am simply fatigued on a casual basis due to a medical condition I'm hoping to solve with a future surgery.
Because of this condition, I had to drop out of university at the time, and today I am using a cane and a respirator.
When people are embarrassed by this fact, I am upset that they do not bother to ask themselves for the reason. Should they conclude I am lazy, they will not bother asking themselves if that's indeed the case.
Despite being a poor reader, I aspire to learn as much as I can about the world, and despite this liability, I actually learn constantly.
Conversations with people go a long way into helping me learn more about the world. That's especially true, given that I can't get out of my home by myself.
I lost dozens of kilograms since October so I will be deemed fit enough for this surgery.
Stereotypes about poor readers are frustrating, but I'm aware people usually use them to understand the world.
I have no idea why writing does not tire me almost at all. Therefore, I mainly stick to it.
Despite my poor reading, I am working to proofread all of my site's content, one step at a time. Some of my readers even help me sometimes for that endeavor as volunteers.
I think what can be learned from this missive is this: Things are not usually as they seem. There may be deeper reasons to things that we might be unaware of.
In other words, people with reading problems exist and Googling is not always a possibility for everyone.
To help people with their own accessibility, I also have a widget in my site that should help them to better read my work (I write philosophy).
I might struggle reading philosophy books due to my condition, but it does not prevent me from trying to understand this topic which I find important (to me at least).
Please also consider that there are plenty of other ways of learning other than reading. For some, it's inevitable to seek the alternatives.