Do you remember when you had to read out loud for your parents? When I was reading a story to my mum about a big black horse (beauty) suddenly gnomes would walk into the storyline and my mum would hear a very fascinating story. Finally when I was nine years old I got diagnosed with dyslexia. Changed schools and got the help that was needed. One thing was sure. Reading is hard so I didn’t do it. Luckily when I had to graduate high school i had a great teacher who helped me pick books about travel so that i would actually read the books and luckily i passed with an C and i can tell you I was very proud because that C meant a lot of sweat and tears. After high school I started with reading magazines. Then a book with small stories or collected columns. Someone handed me a book written by Elizabeth Gilbert named Eat pray Love . Another book about travel.
I think this book doesn’t need an introduction. Years later it would even help me when I experienced the bathroom scene for myself.
Years later graduating Art school and my teacher from high school brought me The book from Paulo coelho The alchemist as a gift, isn’t that funny. If it wasn’t for that teacher I would have never graduated high school and there she was years later visiting at my graduation exhibition. Handing me this book.
It is about an shepherd who has a dream. And he is going to find out about this dream taking you places and meeting beautiful and all kinds of people. The message of the book is:
“when you really want something to happen, the whole universe will conspire so that your wish comes true” If you havent read it? I highly recommend it. Another good writer is Marianne frederiksson and one of my favorite books I loved was Inge and Mira. The writer showed me more of the word without leaving my couch. It will tell you more about friendship between older woman. It is about an blond swedish woman and an south American woman who fled her country Chile at the time of the military coup led by General Pinochet. After reading all of her books it inspired me so much that i flew to see Sweden and experience the people the culture and all the beauty instead of reading about it. I became a reader and read: all kinds of books from different kind of writers and from different countries. Like Jack Kerouac, Maya Angelou, Roald Dahl, khaled Hosseini, Haruki Murakami. I got ride of my tv and i started to write in my free time and writing for me is like free therapy. But because writing isn’t enough and you can never have enough therapy I want to tell you about Byron Katie and her book Loving What Is : Four Questions That Can Change Your Life.
When you read the book you learn to question your thoughts and when you do the work you will change your way of thinking. Not easy at all but when you do the work, you will change for the better because you stop believing all your thoughts that make you feel miserable. I even went to one of her shows with a colleague and bonded. Another good reason to read books, it connects. When i moved cities and i didn’t know a lot of people i entered a bookclub. This is when i heard about Brene Brown. I had just been to Texas and they told me she is an Texas storyteller / scientist. So i was interested. I started with one book but i am a fan now so i can recommend you all of her books. The power of vulnerability is still on my bookshelf so i think that one is my favorite. I like her so much because she uses her scientific knowledge and she does research in really interesting subjects witch really make a difference and shares it with the crowd without having to crush all though the data. She did the hard part for you. For example in the book she used her scientific research to figure out how to live the best soulful life and uses her data. How cool is that? The only thing is the best captains are the one on shore. So even when i know it i don’t always live by it. And that is why it is still on my bookshelf. This is a book you will have to re-read from time to time.Another Texas person who wrote this amazing book about his life and life lessons is matthew mcconaughey. The actor who you might know from cheesy romantic comedies and from the line: Alright, alright, alright. This book is definitely a page turner and will make you feel good and make you think about the book for days after putting it away. The last book i want to tell you about is the Gift from Edith Eger. I’ ve read about her in different places and numerous magazines and famous people like Oprah and Brene Brown talk about her books. Oprah said she is forever changed bij Dr. Eger’s Story. The book the Gift is not her first book and with the Gift Dr. Eger tells her message of healing and provide guidelines how to deal/ heal with the past. She survived concentration camp. But the worst prison she experienced is not the prison that Nazis put her in but the one she created for herself, the prison within her own mind. Later on in life she became an therapist and in this book she shares her discoveries she learned over her life.
There is a reason why everyone talks about her books. These books have changed me for the better. And I hope many more books will follow because nowadays i love to read and i am not the person who i was when i started at 9 years old with dyslexia. I still have dyslexia but it doesn’t define me as a person anymore. Dyslexia is no excuse to not read. It is a way to make friends. Become wiser and more loving. It is free therapy, It can make you travel, You will meet new people. Explore the world. It changes the way you look at the world. So dont only read because you have to. Pick up one of the books in this article and you won’t regret it.
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