I’ve been reading books since I learned how to read at the tender age of 7 1/2. Look, I see your face. I see your expression. you’re thinking, how could such a FINE writer, such as yourself, not learn how to read until age 7 1/2?!
Well, dear reader, I don’t have an answer for you, but I’d appreciate if you’d tone down the judgy look a bit. But anyway, once I learned how to read, a new world opened up to me. I was always getting books from the library, mostly fiction.
These days, i read a lot of self help.
Self help is a great category. It depends how you use it. I try to remember a few things.
1. No human has all the answers.
2. all humans are flawed.
3. Only I know what it is like to be me.
So, with these three keys in mind, I can read self help and keep myself in tact. And extract great ideas from another person. Everyone has interesting stories to share, everyone’s journey has been unique. I dont pretend i know it all, because i dont. every day, i surprise myself by learning something new.
Like what, you didn’t ask?
I’ll give you a list of books I’ve read recently:
Toxic Free: a book about how plastics and other toxics surround us, and poison our bodies and earth. I learned that even my fucking bedsheets are toxic. (polyester) soi need to buy all cotton ones soon. once i stop being a cheapass and go buy them.
Fuck Feelings: This is a self help book by a therapist. He taught me that it’s okay to be someone with anxiety struggles. That navigating this horrid world whilst being anxious takes a lot of courage, and stop expecting to ‘change’ into someone who never experiences anxiety. ‘change’ into someone who prevails, even while battling bouts of anxiety.
Man’s Search For Meaning: this book by viktor frankl is one of the best self help books, for anyone struggling to find meaning in life. humans carry a burden other creatures do not- we need meaning in our lives. personal meaning, a deep reason for getting up in the morning. once we establish meaning, life gets a lot easier. we even can get through suffering, if we have a meaning to live.
Here’s some more. not all are self help.
Gift of Fear
Despierta Con Cala (me gusta leer en espanol hahahahaha)
The Psychology of Influence
Brain Warriors Way
Anything by Oscar Wilde, O. Henry, and the book Confederacy of Dunces.