Saturday, July 23, 2016

Furiously Happy


Furiously Happy
Jenny Lawson

A few years ago a read a blog about a giant metal rooster, doorbell ditching and hiding in bushes, which was one of the funniest blogs I had ever come across. I couldn't stop laughing. It was just so funny. It was writing by Jenny Lawson, also know as the Bloggess, and I knew then that I could completely relate to her sense of humor. I came across this book a few weeks ago at the Library and knew that I needed to read it.

This book is a collection of essays about her experience of dealing with her mental illnesses. While I don't sufferer from what she does, I still found her stories very relatable and also eye opening. It was nice to have some one so willing to share about their struggles. Especially about a subject that there is so much stigma around. It's time that we started treating people with mental illness better and remembering that it is just like any other medical condition. We wouldn't tell someone with Cancer just suck it up and get over it. So why is that the reaction to mental illness so much of the time?

I found her stories and antidotes to be hilarious. Laugh out loud funny. My husband and kids gave me weird looks several times as I found myself laughing at something she wrote. This book about mental illness was  really positive, up lifting. I think she does a great job of encouraging others to live their lives furiously happy. There will be hard day, weeks, months but she points out that things will get better, then worse, then better and in we need to live those happy moments to the fullest. One of my favorite points she made was to not compare ourselves to others and judge ourselves to harshly. Sometimes just getting out of bed is enough. We don't have to be supermom, all the time or really anytime. We just need to keep on living!

So if you need a good laugh or a new perspective about living with mental illness, this is the perfect book for you. She definitely has somewhat of an irreverent sense of humor. She doesn't take things too seriously and she isn't afraid to laugh at herself. I find her humor and view of life refreshing.  She does use quite a bit of strong language in her stories. It seems like comedians often feel like using the F- word makes them funnier, which I don't really get. So if that bothers you've been warned.

But seriously if you need a good laugh go read this book!

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