It’s Friday, and we are in for another cool weekend. Before it gets too cold, time to head to a park for a new book and sunset!
Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is an impassioned, informative, and insightful book about a father attempting to help his son understand the world around him. Coates examines the history and current conversation around race in America. Specifically, what it is like to inhabit a black body in America.
The book provides an intimate understanding as the author shares his most personal thoughts and ideas on how we move forward as humans. The warm fatherly voice provides a heartfelt pursuit to answer the multitude of questions he has encountered. In the first half, we travel to various moments in life that allowed Coates to learn about history not initially shared in America’s classrooms. As he discovers heroes, he experiences a transformative awakening. The author consumes the writings and teachings of great men and women throughout the world’s history.
Sylvania Park can easily be missed as it sits in the middle of a bustling neighborhood in Fort Worth. As you enter the park you are immediately entranced and surrounded by the numerous trees standing tall. The park provides a majestic atmosphere as you walk on the leaves that have fallen this time of year. Benches, picnic tables, and a pavilion provide the perfect setting within the park to enjoy your latest book. There is also a playground, areas for sports activities, and a trail that surrounds the park. Established in 1926 and with 29.22 acres, Sylvania Park is a great place for the community to gather.
As Coates writes about his path to becoming truly informed and educated, he begins to realize the limitations of the institutions that are supposed to provide the answers to the questions he has. As he studies beyond the syllabus he was offered, his questions and curiosity only increase.
I wanted to pursue things, to know things, but I could not match the means of knowing that came naturally to me with the expectations of professors. The pursuit of knowing was freedom to me, the right to declare your own curiosities and follow them through all manner of books. I was made for the library, not the classroom. The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free. Slowly, I was discovering myself.
The gift of reading is a gift of freedom. The collection of stories and writings we are privileged to have access to in our modern society can provide us the insights to life we truly desire. Knowledge, inspiration, discovery has been captured on the pages of the books that line our libraries, bookstores, and now the internet. Our education in school is meant to be a starting point, not the end. The knowledge we are continually looking for can often be found in a variety of books. You never know, one day you may feel equipped to write down some experience of your own. Our life and the lives of those that live around and before us each have a unique story that will help us understand each other just a little more. Let us celebrate these stories and perspectives by reading a little more each and every day.
Enjoy the weekend Fort Worth and read something that will inspire you!