That’s me, Churchill in the picture below during the good old days. As my wife says, “The best days of my life”, meaning when I looked my best. Without the belly and grey hair. 🙂 Unfortunately, I have passed the stage in life where plucking grey hairs out made sense. I would be almost bald if I tried to pluck out all grey hairs now. There are just too many of them. One thing doesn’t change, though.
Ever since I was a kid, I heard people saying life begins at 40. I thought I would notice something special when I reached that age, but I didn’t. It came and passed and nothing spectacular happened. All I noticed is that it started to take me longer to recover after every physical activity that I did. Be it running, weight lifting, push-ups, etc. You know what I mean.
As I approach another decade in my life, I am beginning to hear more and more often that I have passed the point where the upward, enjoyable trend ends. From now on, it’s going to be downhill with no chance of reversing the process. There will be fewer pleasures for a man of my age to enjoy. I can forget about going crazy on the dance floor or running, as my knees won’t let that happen. 🙂 But there is one pleasure I will be able and intend to exploit to the end of my days.
If you follow what I do or know me well enough, you probably guessed I am talking about reading. I love reading books. Here is why.
- reading expands my horizons,
- it allows me to visit far away places that I will never visit in real life and I get to do that without straining my tired knees. From the comfort of my chair.
- reading enables me to learn from the author’s lifetime experiences, that can span decades, in a few pages. I call it condensed learning, without the pain.
- it develops my imagination and improves creativity.
- Reading also helps me hone my writing skills. As Stephen King said, ” If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.“
- I believe books simply make me a better person and help me to keep the brain cells well-fed and happy.
- Books allow us to stand on the shoulders of giants. We can easily use the wisdom and knowledge of great people from any corner of the world. Sir Isaac Newton summed it up nicely when he said, “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.“
They say experience is the best teacher, but in my opinion, the least painful way to learn is through other people’s experience by reading books. I totally agree with Otto von Bismarck who said, “Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others“
As my birthday is around the corner (for future ones as well), if you were wondering what I would be interested in getting, i.e. what is my birthday wish, here you are. I will be thrilled to get any of the books on the list.
This Book Lover’s Birthday Wish List
Thank you so much for the birthday wishes.
PS: Don’t worry, if you don’t get me anything this year. This book wish list will be here next year. And all the years after that. Updated regularly, of course. So you will have another chance. 🙂 By the way, I am also open to book recommendations that you think can be life-changing. No need to stick to my wish list in that case. You can go crazy. Cheers!
That’s all for now. Gotta go. Books are waiting to be read.