So, I decided to a little more serious of a book this month!
Something about having a baby that makes you rethink EVERYTHING!
I chose the book “I could do Anything if I Only Knew What It Was”.
This book has a TON of great advice on finding and going after what it truly is you want in this life. It also has great advice on how to overcome some of our struggles we don’t realize are holding us back.
I loved a lot of these exercises that the book has! Usually these stress me out because I tend to over think things “If I say I don’t enjoy helping people that makes me look selfish, if I say I do they are automatically going to say I should be a nurse or kindergarten teacher”…
My big dislike for this book, it tends to blame everything on your past/childhood.
And I do mean everything.
Don’t get me wrong, for some people, there’s a lot of truth in that.
But for others, like me, it’s false.
I had the BEST childhood. My parents are amazing. I truly believe that while I have worked for everything I have in this life, one of the reasons I am successful and will continue to be successful is because I first had them. I am one of the lucky ones.
Where Barbara blames my shiftiness, not knowing what I want, thinking I can do it all and having difficulties placing my roots somewhere, on some form of childhood neglect, I don’t see it that way.
I see it as my parents never discouraged me from anything. They were always in my corner, always proud. And I have a deep desire to still make them proud, and myself.
I see how hard my parents work and how much effort it took to get where they were. From first generation college students to a successful Doctorate of Nursing who now teaches on a college level, and a successful small business owner. My parents went from nothing to giving my brothers and I everything.
No, Barbara, I’m not neglected by them. I am not angry for anything.
I am terrified of their sacrifices going to waste. I’m scared of not being enough, of not continuing the break the chains for my family as they have done for me. I’m worried I won’t live up to who they are. I’m scared I can’t continue the legacy they have provided.
Quotes that I related to:
“For one thing, your life looks much worse than it is because you think it’s permanent. Thinking it’s permanent makes it feel intolerable”
“The loss of a familiar way of life is one of the most difficult losses a person can experience”
“I want you to stop being afraid that your first job will determine the rest of your life, because it won’t do anything of the sort”
“Ability can never take the place of desire”
All in all, I give this book a 3.5 / 5.0
It’s an easy read! LOTS of good information. I think all High School students should read this or a book similar to this. It would have helped me so much.
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