Reading is a great way to build confidence. Not only does it improve your vocabulary and your ability to articulate your thoughts and feelings, it also allows you to let go of your own worries and fears.

For a while it allows you to enter a dreamscape of someone else’s making. In a way it also introduces you to the world again and like the glorious daybreak it renews your vision.

You see, there are around seven billion people in the world, which means there are some seven billion different ways to see the world. That is an awful lot, don’t you think? By reading we get to borrow someone else’s eyes and mind.

I bet if you do that you’ll find that you aren’t as alien as you thought. You aren’t such an outsider.

Instead you’ll see that you belong.

By Jack Hudson