My mom thinks it’s because I am lazy.
I, of course, do not agree with that statement.
I think it’s because I am creative, intelligent, sophisticated–
My mom disagrees.
Either way, I started listening to audiobooks.
Having a great love for books, I am the type of guy who will sit in a chair and binge-read. I have been known to read eight hours straight, and not even realize how much time has passed.
Being a college student with a part-time job and family responsibilities, I have precious little time to do anything other than study and work, which is extremely depressing for someone like me. I don’t have the time to dedicate a day to reading Game of Thrones or The Stand.
Audiobooks help solve this problem.
I spend countless hours in my car waiting–waiting for traffic to move, waiting for the lights to change color, waiting for pedestrians to cross the street.
With audiobooks, I can wait while listening to a book.
My first audiobook was “Paradox Bound” a interesting story about villains who are missing eyes and lips, and time travel. One of my biggest fears with audiobooks was that the narrator would be some monotone robot just reading words off a page.
Nothing is further from reality.
The narrator is energetic, emotional, and changes his voice inflections to match those of the characters in the book.
My adventure with audiobooks has caused my to think more broadly about myself, specifically how the fear of change affects me.
Change is such an interesting phenomenon. From a very early age in our lives, routine begins to build around us. The clearest example of this is school. At five-years-old, before we even truly realize what time is, we are bound by strict routines: 12:00 p.m.-lunch, 1:00 p.m.-recess, 1:30 p.m.-music, etc.. Do these boundaries help create character?
I would have begun using audiobooks a lot earlier, but the fear of change held me back.
If humans didn’t have the fear of change to deal with, how would this world be different? Would life be better or worse? Would we be happy or depressed?
If we weren’t afraid to break from tradition, how would that affect society?
Of course, I don’t have the answers, but I pose the question for you to think about.
Either way, I strongly recommend that you give audiobooks a try.