By: Jenny Lawson
Standalone | 329 Pages | Pub. 2015
Furiously Happy at a Glance
Overall Rating: ★★★★★
Weird story, my brother-in-law gave me Jenny Lawson’s first book Let’s Pretend This Never Happened for my birthday years ago because “it seemed like your humor.”
I mean… duh…
I freaking loved it, but for whatever reason I didn’t pay attention when this one came out. I blame the world of fantasy because i’m addicted.
Furiously Happy was written more to expose what living with behavioral conditions is really like. Lawson gets REAL about depression and anxiety. But she feeds it to you with a healthy dose of hilarity. Everyone needs to know how evil possums are right? Maybe I laugh harder because I also live in Texas, but those things are EVIL.
Her sense of humor is fantastic, but realize that she rants. About absolute nonsense. Which I also do, so of course I liked it. I can see how this might annoy some readers and draw in others. If you don’t like random humor and stories, this book is not for you.
But underneath the humor is a story of living with anxiety, depression and other conditions. She talks about meds and therapy and how vital these things are to surviving each day. People without these conditions, lucky bitches, don’t always understand that every day is a struggle. Doing little, everyday things can be the most difficult part of your day. Anxiety manifests itself in the stupidest ways sometimes. For Jenny Lawson, she isn’t scared of flying, but the logistics leading up to it is mentally exhausting.
I know for myself personally, I get anxiety from procrastination. Which makes me procrastinate even more. It’s horrible. I also have to live with a delicate balance of introvert and extrovert. I have an attack if I spend too much time alone at home and I also have one if I over-schedule myself.
If anything, I loved this book just because it made me feel justified. Anxiety is a real thing that happens to people. Maybe not to everyone, but real humans out there have similar issues. IT’S NOT IN YOUR HEAD.
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