no really. I can read.
what I mean is, because it looks like I’m going to be having plenty of spare time on my hands travelling on trains going to training gigs, this means I can actually sit with a book for a bit and read. Oh what a rarity! However, I do have a slight problem here, I’ve decided that its best if I talk to whoever sits next to me for the journey. And the conversation has to begin in a certain way otherwise it won’t happen at all.
If I don’t say hello or hi as soon as the other person arrives and sits down, then I probably won’t speak at all. Upon first sight of the ‘companion’, I’ll make a judgement whether I want to talk to them and if not, I’ll wedge my headphones in and bury my head in the book. If they look ok, (eg: don’t have a bad attitude) and seem reasonably interesting, then I’m there.
Anyway… that aside, I’m reading. Hooray.
There is a catch tho. I see reading as a very mundane task… I yawn whilst doing it and it starts to send me to sleep. My mind also wanders and I day dream for many of those pages. I also read slowly. I sat next to a young woman on the train who probably read at about 4 or 5 times the speed that I read. I watched her do it out the corner of my eye and was stunned. Do all people read that fast? Am I really that slow? how can someone read at speed like that and actually take in the information?
I read at the speed I talk. I repeat the words in my head and ‘read’ to myself. I don’t know how to read any faster and consume every word like I do now. Sure I can speed read, I’ve read about it (slowly) and tried it. But I feel like I’m just looking at words as opposed to digesting them.
Maybe she was just showing off?