A few weeks ago I saw a woman reading a novel while walking down the street.
I mean, she was completely engrossed in what she was reading. Her body swiftly avoiding light posts, dogs, cars and children with ice cream cones in a supernatural way not seen outside of science-fiction movies.
I stopped to watch her in awe. She must have glanced up from time to time as we all do when walking and texting but I wasn’t able to catch her doing that in the time I observed her.
I envy her for a couple of reasons:
- I wonder what book she was reading that had her this captivated that she so casually risked her life (her speed prevented me from reading the title of the book).
- I so wish I had her supernatural ability to read (and I mean really read – as in fully engage with the text with complete disregard to everything around you) and walk without pausing to your destination.
I’m sure we all have a Super-Skill we dream of having…. it may seem odd, but this one is mine…..
That level of integration with “what we are doing at the moment” is commendable indeed ! We would be super-humans if each one of us did what we love- all the time 🙂
You are so right, Tatsat; well said!
ditto on Tatsat’s comment with the one modification: we would be more human.
I was thinking of that after pondering on Tatsat’s comment for a while, that the pursuits of our passions make us more human. Maybe that’s one way of defining super-human 🙂
Thanks for the interesting comment!
I wrote a post once on walking and reading that resonates with this:
I love it! Thank you for sharing it with me 🙂
I saw the same thing the other day, a woman reading while walking from work. I could never do that, don´t even read in cars our busses 😛
I can read and walk if I constantly look up to see where I’m going but then I can’t really get into the plot of the book – that’s my biggest problem! Reading in cars is tough too, I admit! Buses and trains are ok though 🙂
I think it is so wonderful to be so captivated by a book…. Few things in life give us so much joy… I was in a subway in Paris and was so into the reading of the Three Mousqueteers that I missed my stop for work….
I agree, it’s one of the great pleasures of life 🙂
I think it would be great to be so captivated by a book! But it led to a thought: I am often captivated by movies… like I really get engrossed in them. This goes to the point where people sometimes try to talk to me, and I really can’t hear them or break out of the movie enough to respond with anything more than a “Uh-huh”.
When you put it in a movie context, suddenly it becomes that I’m rude and maybe I can’t multi-task enough. Do you think that there’s a bit of book/movie bias here?
I do agree with you that sometimes someone engaged in a book will seem charming and intellectual (regardless of the book) and someone engaged in a movie can seem withdrawn and grumpy (regardless of the movie). There’s a bias there for sure! Having said that, I’ve noticed that sometimes reading around others can seem like a strong anti-social act; whereas watching a movie, hopefully, can bring others in, as they can watch the movie with you. What I really love is that we all have our passions that we just lose ourselves in 🙂
I just watched this documentary called Indie Game: The Movie. Wow those indie game makers are really really REALLY passionate and invested in their games. It’s so inspiring! You gotta check it out!
I definitely will, thanks for the recommendation, Drew 🙂
When I read while walking, I always run into something! Kudos to that reader.
That’s what I’m afraid of, which is why I keep looking up from my book! 🙂
super awesome skill 🙂
I know (-sigh-) I wish I had it 🙂
Then again, it’s also important to live in the present, enjoy the walk, and avoid walking underneath the wheels of a Mack truck.
That is also very true as well 🙂
My housemate does this and I’m totally in awe. Some mornings he manages to walk to work with a book in one hand and a cup of tea in the other. I, on the other hand, am lucky if I don’t trip over a pot-hole while trying to do something as simple as change the volume on my mp3 😦
Reading, avoiding traffic, and drinking tea… now that’s impressive!
Well, I just learned how to stand up paddle and one day I hope to master the skill of reading a book while paddling myself along the shore…it will take a lot of balance especially if a few small waves decide to interrupt the calm waters that I am in. Whenever I was paddling for hours on end and seeing some beachgoers under the sun reading books/magazines, all I could think about was what book I could be reading at that moment.
Reading and stand up paddling at the same time – that would be amazing! I can’t imagine having such balancing powers 🙂 If you ever succeed, let me know!
Better walking than driving! I used to know a woman in Arizona who drove the interstate from Benson to Tucson for university classes and she said she read while driving, with a book propped on the steering wheel. I don’t know what happened to her but I wouldn’t have wanted to be her insurance agent.
I’ve seen people in traffic jams reading the newspaper but not actually reading and driving; now there’s a talent I’d rather not have!
I swear those who can read and walk simultaneously are wizards masquerading as humans. You’re going to laugh, but I spent a good portion of my childhood practicing this (and failing miserably) and trying to fly. Oh, I failed at the flying attempts, too. ; )
I think that is SO cute that you used to practice doing this as a child! I can just picture it! 🙂
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I’m having a ball going back through your older posts and just got interested in everything you’ve been writing about, so I’m hanging out here for a bit. By the way, Regarding an earlier post, I’d love to see you dance while you cook. Really! About this post, I do read and comprehend that way. I was almost deaf until the 4th grade when I did get full hearing so I was addicted to words at a very early age. Books were and are my world. My family is used to it but I am lost when in a book and I read fast and for comprehension, didn’t realize it was unusual until high school, then it came in handy. 🙂 Great Post.
Thanks for spending part of your evening reading my blog, Penny! I wish I could have kept you company and responded to your comments sooner 🙂
I can imagine that being almost deaf as a young child drew you into the world of books even more than the average child and encouraged a strong ability to focus that you carry even now.
I actually find that I need some distractions around me in order to concentrate on my book – I have trouble reading in a library, for example!
I can understand that! It’s your personal connection with the world going on around you while enveloping the words in a book, letzia, cool, 🙂