Do read the first post from this series, before reading this one.
Excerpts from the book are in image form, and my insights are in bold, below them.
The author starts the chapter with the story of the poet Charles Bukowski.
He explains how, despite Bukowski’s immense success (after years of being a failure), he still viewed himself as a loser.
On his tombstone were the words : “Don’t Try”.
How many times have we brushed away thoughts of being anything but “perfect”?
The more we embrace our insecurities, the more we can learn to better ourselves. It all starts with acceptance!
How true is this! The reason I love this book so much, is because of its brutal honesty.
We’re so accustomed to reading stuff like, “You will be successful”, that we spend our days day dreaming, rather than actually putting in the work required to be successful.
Being a chronic overthinker, both giving a fuck, as well as trying not to, affects my mental health to a great extent.
But I agree with the author, caring only about what truly matters does make life much easier. It takes a lot of effort, but it’s worth it in the end.
The Feedback Loop From Hell :
This is similar to FOMO, on which I’ve already written a post in the past.
Sometimes the less extra stuff and extra people we have to think about, the more peaceful our life turns out to be.
Social media puts unnecessary stress on our already stressed minds, and sometimes it’s best to just quit, or maybe do a detox.
That’s why minimalism has become so trendy.
The fewer choices/things one has, the lesser the mind clutter.
The Backwards Law :
The law is explained better in the video below :
Stop running away :
By wholeheartedly accepting your imperfections, your struggles, your story, you will be able to take the necessary steps to change your life for the better.
Running away from who you truly are, only worsens the pain of constantly being someone you aren’t.
What does not giving a fuck mean?
Practical enlightenment :
“The only way to overcome pain is to first learn how to bear it.” – I absolutely love this sentence!
Note : For a more detailed understanding of the excerpts, do read the book. It’s a brilliant eye-opener!
You can check out Manson’s blog, here.
Thank you for reading! Stay blessed!