We don't realize how important it is to read. Since, the information that you receive from it enables you to gain knowledge and meanings of things around us. In a way, we do start reading from the day we are born. I don't mean that we actually read a book, but rather that we start reading the behavior and characteristics of our parents and surroundings. As we get little older, we start reading books to learn our ABCs but we never understand that reading is a crucial part of our life. The school programs don't emphasize that much on reading, so we tend to read only when it's necessary for school. I, personally, didn't think reading was that important until the past few years.
I never took reading that serious, since I was able to grasp meanings of things from reading books, newspapers, magazines, conversations, or just watching TV when it was necessary. When I was y