The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*** : Worth a read?
I'd been wanting to read Sarah Knight's controversial book ever since I watched her Ted talk. If you haven't heard of her New York Times Best-selling book. Here's a summary: Knight quit her 'dream' job when she realised she wasn't living the life she wanted. This was her biggest step in revolutionising her life by no longer pretending to care about everything she's told she should. Ranging from conference calls to the Olympics to Greek yoghurt. Her promise? You can stop stressing out and wasting all your time. I was hooked.
First off the bat, it's important to note Knight's style. She's all about swearing and keeping it casual, which is a refreshing change from some of the other self help books I've read. It's also very interactive. Great, if like me, you like putting pen to paper and tangible results. The way she's broken down the book is a science. From flow-charts to decide whether to allocate your fucks (her personal currency) to categorisation of fucks from least to most emotional taxing. You guessed it she covers work, family and relationships! It would be silly to not mention the title's obvious reference to Marie Kondo's iconic The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Currently, I haven't directly read the Japanese organising experts book - for fear of developing a new crippling obsession. But, Knight references her inspo in the introduction. Mentioning how big a fan of Kondo she is, but highlighting the tidying book's own words "life begins after tidying" as her motivation. Basically, Kondo is all about decluttering your life from putting blenders back in drawers to deciding whether your socks spark joy (I know, but bear with me). So, what Knight's operative was is to cleanse the bulls*** from your life in the same way. The result? More time to concentrate on the things that spark joy or bring happiness.
Here's a sample of my 'Things I don't give a F*** List':
I do I don't
Feminism/LGBTQ+ rights Donald Trump's physical appearance
Sleep 4am jogs
Trashy romcoms The Economist
You get the idea. How Knight cements her principle is by breaking down each part of your life into tangible categories. Then the rest is you. Life-changing ideas like not filling in your eyebrows or continuing to eat full-fat butter or saying no to a family trip to WWI battlefields. It's all about clearing your mental space, so that you can stop worrying or feeling guilty about all the crap you currently do. I'm in love. A lot of what she writes I've thought about, but she articulates it in a no bulls*** and approachable way. Taking into consideration how not to be a dick in the process. This is a must read for anyone who finds themselves apologising too much, crippling worrying about what other people think or feel guilty about saying no. Put simply, f*** that.
If you're interested, check it out: amazon.co.uk/life-changingmagic
Also, if you like this 'Worth a read?' series, let me know as I've got some more in the pipeline. Have you read this book? Do you agree? Would you recommend? Let me know in the comments down below!
All my love, Sam💖