. .packed into 224 pages.
As per the recommendation of a coworker, I most recently read The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life. I know to some of my readers [sorry Nana!], seeing the word f*ck is not the most appropriate language to spew across a webpage. However, while not totally appropriate, this book was way too good to not talk about.
By just looking at the title of this book, you might wonder why author Mark Manson is so crude and vulgar. However, like many things in life, if you take the time and dig a little deeper below the surface, you will find that this man is inspiring, extremely clever, and philosophical beyond measure. Looking at the title, you would not believe that this book had anything to do about values but, spoiler alert, it is.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life is about finding the things in life that are the most important to you while simultaneously letting go of everything else. Manson encourages limiting our exposure to mindless distractions and limiting our concern about things that have absolutely no value to your life. Is this book brutally honest? Yes. Does it give you a reality check that maybe you didn’t know you needed? Yes. He pulls you out of a sense of denial and forces you to look at the dirt covering you, and to accept it for what it is, while helping you to embrace these truths and lead a life of confidence and empowerment. Manson touches on positivity, being extraordinary, and happiness. Maybe not in the way in which you are used to, but it is there. For example, “F*ck positivity. Let’s be honest; sometimes things are f*cked up and we have to live with it.” Brutally honest, but true.
Manson is straight and to the point, and gets you to confront ourselves, our truths, and our uncertainties while making you dig deep into the emotions that will make you laugh until you cry, or cry until you can’t breathe anymore. This book is deeply inspiring while being disguised in crude, four-letter vulgarity. The best part about this book is that it gets a major point across without being fluffy and cute. In a way, I think that has a slight sense of why I enjoyed this book so much, because cutesy, fluffy butterflies is not me. It’s not my personality and it’s not something that I seek out for. I tend to be more of a realist and see things for the way they are, not sugar coated, not a sense of false reality. If you are looking for unicorns, rainbows, and cupcakes, turn away, because this book offers f-bombs and reality slaps.
While this may sound terrifying or as if I am trying to prevent you from reading this book, I am doing the exact opposite. I am telling you, you should pick this up, download it to your Kindle, whatever you must. Because by the time you finish reading, you will be left with a feeling of promise. You will feel free and light. And you will feel a goodness that only your favorite home-cooked meal can give you; the goodness that can only come with raw, unfiltered truth.