I have to admit, it actually took me four attempts to get through this book. The first time I started reading this was in August 2017. I was not in a very good headspace at the time and I thought that it was going to be the 'saving grace' that I needed to get through it. I was very, very wrong!! I was so negative about everything that I just 'poo-pooed' every idea put forward in the book and kept thinking that it 'wasn't for me'.
Fast forward to January 2020... I am in a VERY different headspace, work is great, my health is on point and life in general is pretty damn amazing. I guess you could say that now I didn't really NEED this book! I was already not really giving a f*#k about anything because I know how my body reacts when I spend too much time focusing on stuff that I can't change. This is something I have been working extremely hard on since mid-2019... it's definitely not something that just happened overnight.
But... I think that's exactly why I needed to read this book. Mark Manson is such an easy writer to read. His work is effortless and the ideas that he puts forward are definitely doable. One thing that I really liked about this book was that each chapter focused on a real life story of someone who did quite incredible things in the face of some pretty intense adversity. It definitely helped you put your 'f*#ks' into perspective and realise that most of the things we really worry about are things that are outside of our control... or things that are much easier for us to take responsibility for and work through so that they are no longer 'f*#ks' that we need to deal with.
Manson puts it so eloquently - 'In life, our f*#ks must be spent on something. There really is no such thing as not giving a f*#k. The question is simply how we each choose to allot our f*#ks. You only get a limited number of f*#ks to give over your lifetime, so you must spend them with care.'
This is such a great mantra to live by! Choose your f*#ks wisely... this is not an easy task, but hopefully one that will help you live a more calming and enjoyable life :D