I once heard that if you like to read, you like to learn about others’ insights and look into the window;

Looking into the window
Looking into the window

if you like to write, you like to share your observations and look out the window.

Looking out the window
Looking out the window

I pondered on the sentence and thought that in time, I’ll figure out which one I am as I switched back and forth. I assume that in most cases, someone is both but more of one than the other. Through observing and looking into others’ windows, it provokes your own thoughts and write to let others become inspired from looking into your window. They foster each other’s growth. Someone can first start out being a reader, picking up writing styles, vocabulary, ways of thinking, and gradually learn to begin a journey in experimenting with his/her own writing. Someone else can be opposite, having gone through circumstances and want to share it with others without ever being too passionate about reading and then over time, becomes a reader of other’s works who share similar backgrounds. Then there are also those that are neither; not that they don’t ever read or write, but that there’s no motivation or drive to read books or write one’s own story.

Curious Monkey 247 looking out the window
Curious Monkey 247 looking out the window

As I looked out the window on the plane ride, another type of contrast is possible in life. Those that love to learn about people and hear their stories, the listeners; and those that like to share their stories and opinions to others, the talkers. This can be more more skewed towards one side compared to readers and writers, I believe. Again, normally we can’t do one without the other, but some were born as talkers and others are more listeners. It’s a characteristics trait, part of a person’s personality and overtime, you can argue it becomes a habit.

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“I can’t write without a reader. It’s precisely like a kiss—you can’t do it alone.” ~John Cheever

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