So far we’ve had four months of wellness challenges: body, money, career, and earth. This month we’re going to talk about intellectual wellness. Exercising your mind is just as important as exercising the body. Intellectual wellness is about committing yourself to lifelong learning and exploring things that stimulate your creativity and your mind. As the saying goes, knowledge is power. When you challenge yourself intellectually you also open your mind to new ideas and experiences, and as a result can use that knowledge to make better decisions and have more meaningful interactions. I think it goes without saying but if everyone focused on this a bit more, maybe we wouldn’t be in the situation we’re in right now. Throughout the month I’ll be sharing new challenges every Monday. For this week, I’m going to kick off a new book club, and I’m going to start with my thoughts on a book that I shared on Instagram about a month ago. I quickly realized it was not a good choice, but I think it’s important to share why I didn’t like it. More on that below, but I’d love to hear what types of books/genres you enjoy so I can pick one for next month. I’m going to aim for one book a month and we can all share our thoughts and perspectives here on the blog. Let me know in the comments and I’ll announce the book next week. I’d also be interested to hear any of your thoughts on the book below if you’ve read it.
More on the book, The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck. To be honest, I had no interest in reading it, but so many people went out of their way to recommend it to me, I thought I’d give it a shot. To sum it up, it’s a book of misogynistic anecdotes, advice and ideas that have already been widely shared many times before, and you guessed it, swears. Don’t get me wrong I love a good curse word, especially when used well, but in this book they just feel lazy and quite frankly point out the author’s less than exceptional writing ability. Reading the book felt like I got stuck a sports bar, listening to a guy that feels he’s “seen it all” and has taken it upon himself to mansplain why he’s figured it all out. When talking about women in some of his anecdotes, the author almost exclusively references their physical appearance or his sexual experiences with them, and let me tell you he’s had plenty, and he wants you to know. The author writes in the book that he grew up wealthy (and somehow spins this as an obstacle/challenge he overcame). Some of the worst experiences of his life as he describes are getting caught with pot in middle school and his parents getting divorced. Boo-fucking-hoo dude. That’s what we call privilege. The author defines good and bad values, for example, a good value is honesty and a bad value is popularity. I’m sorry but, no shit Sherlock. He goes on to tell us the importance of saying no, and that experiencing rejection is actually a good thing. Whoa, mind=blown. I won’t waste your time sharing anymore of the unoriginal advice the author shared throughout. But I did want to share one passage from it that stuck with me, not because it was profound, but because it’s the perfect example of why this book is white male privilege at its finest. “Life is just what it is… We realize that we’re never going to cure cancer or go to the moon or feel Jennifer Anniston’s tits. And that’s okay. Life goes on.” Here’s a thought, fuck you dude. It came as no surprise that the glowing reviews on the back of the book are from, you guessed it, all men. Congrats bro.