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READING IS MUCH MORE THAN A HOBBY
It’s an Opportunity to Do Better
longer had the opportunity to read at all, I realized how much I missed it and how important it had actually been. When life got busy with raising a family and building my physical therapy practice, there just didn’t seem to be room for reading in any capacity anymore. You could say my hobby had instead become all about my family, which of course was a blissful substitution. But when the nest finally emptied, the hunger to learn and the desire to continue building my life into something meaningful sprang up with ferocity, and reaching for a book was my natural reaction in that moment. I now read dozens of books each year, juggling at least three or four at the same time. I call reading my “mind medication” because it’s become a form of meditation for me. It’s a way to unplug and unwind from the fast-paced excitement of the rest of my life. I’ve even deemed my car my “commuter university,” because it’s where I get the chance to listen to audiobooks. But more than a simple escape, my hobby of reading also presents limitless opportunity to be better. As a business owner, it’s important to me to always be learning. The more I work to improve my knowledge and self-growth, the more capable I am of being a better leader. I’m able to give back to my team, my patients, and my community in ways I likely would not have even fathomed if not for reading about it in the pages of a book. That’s why I love reading nonfiction books full of real-life stories of success, motivation, and tried- and-true practices. I’ve found that by working on myself, I act as a trigger for improvement around me. My simple hobby of reading has evolved into a sort of rising tide effect, lifting the boats scattered across the ocean of my life. The more I read, the more I can inspire and encourage those near and dear to me.
January has been dubbed National Hobby Month. While some might be wondering why we need to dedicate 31 days to partaking in our hobbies, I think this month presents a wonderful opportunity to not only indulge in them but also really reflect on how important they can be. My biggest hobby is reading. My husband and I rarely watch television; instead, we are content to crack open the fresh spine of the next book on our list (e-readers haven’t found a worthy position in our hobby as of yet) and silence the noise around us as the words of others take us far away. While my husband is preferential to fictional worlds, 95% of my own reading consists of nonfiction books about self-improvement, growth, leadership, and the best business tactics and practices. After years of reading endless clinical and medical journals as I navigated the process of getting my education and building my practice, I’ll admit I was just about ready to never read anything again. But when I no
I can’t say with confidence that I would still be leading the life I do today without my hobby of reading. I owe a lot to the immeasurable advice
and ideas I’ve gained from the authors who take the time to write about their own lives and the lessons they’ve learned. I call reading a hobby, but the truth is that it’s evolved into so much more than that.
– Dr. Stacey Raybuck Schatz
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