“Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.”

Oprah Winfrey

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“Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.”

Oprah Winfrey

I was constantly reading as a child mainly anything to do with sport, especially football, cricket and boxing. I would read books under the sheets in bed at night with a torch after my mum, would come up and turn my lights out. I would read Shoot magazine at breakfast, before school and after my paper round when I would read the sports section of every single paper, much to the annoyance of the customers who would like to be the first person to read their own paper.

When I went to sports college in Chichester and studied my A levels in English language, English Literature and Human Biology, I obviously had to read a lot of books for the subjects I was studying, but I also carried on my obsession of reading every newspaper when I was in the library, but now instead of just the sports section I would read the whole paper, starting at the back with the sports pages and then from the front page back.

Then it was off to university where I studied Drama and Phycology before switching to dance and became obsessed with classical ballet and not only read up everything about the history of ballet and the dancers, I read everything I could find on technique and the anatomy of a dancers body.

After leaving Ballet school and becoming a professional dancer, this period of 10 plus years was probably the only time I did not read books that much although I would still read the papers mainly the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times.

Towards the end of my dance career I got back into playing football and cricket when I moved back to Hassocks and then I began football coaching and read absolutely every coaching book I could get my hands on from around the world, Italian books for defending, Dutch for tactics, Brazilian for philosophy and Danish for the fitness routines they used to win the Euro’s in 1992. Then I began studying to be a trainer and I read everything on fitness for many different sports, mainly football, boxing, sprinting and bodybuilding.

Then 10 years ago I began practicing yoga and naturally soon built up an impressive collection of yoga books on philosophy and practice of breathing and asanas (poses). Nowadays I tend to read autobiographies, motivational and self-development books and spend hours reading and researching on the Internet everyday.

I worry today that our children and the younger generations do not spend enough time reading books and that seems a shame to me, because the power of the spoken word and the beauty and imagination of the English language is phenomenal.

Have a wonderful Wednesday peeps,

Breathe, Believe and Achieve

Be Happy, Healthy and Wise

Keep on Winning, Smiling and Living the Dream

Namaste

Steve Agyei

steveagyei.com

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