Reading was and is an escape for me. While reading you can take on the role of hero or villain. You can learn of far off places and even discover whole other worlds. I believe reading helps build an imagination inspire creativity and make one feel less alone in a vast universe.
Learning to read is a stepping stone that allows us to open doors and empowers children and adults alike with access to knowledge that is ever expanding.
Whether reading for fact or fiction it is so important to just read.