I just finished listening to Jenny Lawson’s Furiously Happy on audio today and I absolutely loved it.Furiously Happy is a memoir about Lawson’s life; specifically her struggles with mental illness which she explores with amusing essays featuring her blog, her family, and her life.
It is exactly as she described it: a funny book about horrible things, and for anyone who suffers from mental illness, like depression or social anxiety, it is an easily relatable book and comforting when you learn how the author counters her illness.
Some of my impressions:
You can’t take yourself too seriously.
That much is obvious. You have a bad day, you embarrass yourself, you cry about it, but you move on. There are many things that happen in her life that I would be mortified about but she seems to have master the knack for laughing about it sometime down the road.
She relies on family and the comfort of friends.
Relying on the comfort of loved ones on those really down days is a good option. You feel so alone inside, but you don’t have to be physically alone. Loved ones are there to provide support when you need it.
She has mastered the art of pretending.
She is good friends with Neil Gaiman who gave her some great advice when she was having doubts about being able to read her own book on audio. She told him she wasn’t any good at it, and he told her (something along the lines of), “pretend that you are good at it.”
Take a deep breath and step forward.
It’s not always easy to move forward when your mind is telling you that you can’t possibly leave the house right now, because then you’ll have to talk to people and sometimes there are days when that is just exhausting. In that case…
Learn how to push yourself.
Even when it is very difficult; because the rewards are worth it in the end.
And that’s it really. I’ll probably end up listening to it again in a few days. I found it a great comfort and relief to know that I shouldn’t have to make excuses for myself on my bad days. Because those that also experience the same things that I do, completely understand.
What do you guys think? Have you read or listened to Furiosuly Happy? What were your thoughts on it?