I’ve been reading Sarah Knight’s new book, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck.
She tells her enlightening solutions to living your best life. It’s like a self-help book, but for somewhat sarcastic people. Lots of F-bombs thrown in there, but it’s fitting, hence the title. She teaches you ways to identify if something actually brings you joy, or if you’re just doing certain things simply because it makes the other person happy. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with doing things for other people, but she makes it clear that every once in a while, you have to listen to yourself and your own happiness. Which is why she quit her big, fancy, Manhattan publishing job to start freelance work, simply because the thought of commuting by train 45 minutes each day to a job she didn’t truly like was just a huge waste of her time. You don’t like football? Then don’t go to your friend’s house to watch the game every Sunday. You can’t stand attending baby showers? Send your friend a nice gift and call it a day. Your friend invites you to Montreal, but you have no interest in seeing anything Montreal has to offer? Don’t go to fucking Montreal! She’s pretty down to earth, that Sarah Knight. I’m already learning so much.
She has the reader participate in a brief section of her book to identify the things that annoy us, or bring us joy (aka. Not giving a fudge, or giving a fudge). Once you’ve identified the things you don’t give a fudge about, you can toss them away, de-cluttering the attic of your mind in order to make room for things you do give a fudge about. I’ve decided to get in on this action.
I don’t give a fudge about:
- Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy scare.
- Candy Crush requests
- Facebook political debates/thoughts
- Restaurant gift cards
- Being reminded every time I go to the doctor, even in my mid-twenties, that STD’s don’t always show signs/symptoms as if I’m reliving my 7th grade health class all over again.
- The amount of fruits and vegetables I consume daily.
- Going to bed at a decent hour.
- Pretty much all of the ESPN news anchors.
- New country music
I do give a fudge about:
- Any and all rice.
- Kate Middleton’s wardrobe.
- March Madness.
- Birthday invites
- Twitter humor
- New books
- Massage therapy
- Finding ways to stay warm under a hospital gown in said doctor’s appointment.
- Spending my free time watching classic film noir movies.
- Pinning irrelevant and productive things I probably won’t accomplish on Pinterest.
- Watching the Gilmore Girls series on a loop on Netflix.
It’s refreshing to remind yourself of things you don’t actually care about so you can quit putting your energy into those things. Many times have I pinned Quinoa recipes on Pinterest when in reality, the food freaks me out. It looks like bath salt to be quite honest. I highly suggest picking this book up if you want to learn a thing or two about yourself. It works wonders.