So I forgot to add reading more to my list of November Goals. It is totally a goal of mine; not just in November, but long-term as well. If you are anything like me, your genre or preferred type of book changes pretty regularly. A couple of months ago, I was super into Historical Fiction (Philippa Gregory), but right now I’m feeling more of the motivational/self-exploration type of book.
Anyway, I am currently reading the Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. Can I just tell you: this book is amazing! I am only about halfway through, and it’s already an instant favorite.
There are so many great takeaways that the book provides, but I think my favorite lies in the concept of controlling your own attitude and outlook on life. We completely have a choice in deciding how any given thing, action, or person is going to effect us. We can choose to let the tough stuff roll off our back; to just let it go and realize sometimes things are just out of our control. Or we can choose to wallow and fixate on it.
From my perspective, it seems like he is saying that in order for us to be satisfied, we need to learn to pick our battles. There are always going to be bad days; but do we let them define us? Or do we decide to shake it off (cue Taylor Swift song) and move on with our happy lives?
This was something that I really needed to think about at this point in my life. This has certainly been a year of change for me, and it would be easy to be down about some things. But why? Life is wayyyy to short. I know in my heart that I have way too many reasons the be thankful each day, and way too many reasons to smile.
And you do too. If you are having a bad day (or a bad season), sit back and really think about all the little blessings in your life. They are there; I promise. At the end of the day, we just have to train ourselves to step back, and decide if it’s really worth a bad mood. If it’s not, then exercise the literal and actual subtle art of not giving a fuck.
Thank you, Mark Manson. Now, smile; that’s something that I can promise you will not ever regret!