After keeping track of my own literacy interactions for the last 4 days, I realized how much I really do rely on reading. Not only does this skill aid in my studies but I really do take pleasure from reading. It is an activity that seemingly calms me, and helps me to relax and wind down after a busy day of classes and studying.
One activity that I engage in often as mentioned above is reading for pleasure - I try to read every night before I go to bed, as this helps me to fall asleep. However I never realized until now how much I really do read for my own personal pleasure. What I mean here is that I find myself on Facebook and Twitter often, as well as People.com, CNN.com, and other gossip websites. I often use these sites as "procrastination tools" but when I think about it, I am clearly gaining pleasure from reading and skimming these websites.
Another activity I likely engage in a good amount is text messaging on my cell phone. Texting has become a main means for communication between my mom, my brother, my dad, and I about everyday matters. My blackberry messenger (another form of text message) has also become means of communication between my boyfriend and I, and I engage in this communication a lot more than I would like to admit. I often wonder how people forged relationships before the era of cell phones and text messaging.
Overall I have realized over that past week that I completely rely on my literacy skills to get by. Not one activity I engage in on a daily basis besides sleeping does not involve literacy. Even when eating I often find myself reading food labels to gain insight. I am a highly literate individual.