Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. It’s the book that might save you from a lifetime of doing mildly fucked up things to the people you love. Because, eventually, in my experience, even the people you love – who REALLY WANT TO LOVE YOU BACK – get really really sick of those constantly mildly fucked up things and eventually won’t have it anymore. Those people you love? They aren’t replaceable. Learn to love them right, right now. Read this book.
Daring Greatly is also the book you might find in the middle of your life, after you thought you had fully healed from all of the trauma of your past, only to realize that… NOPE, you still have quite a ways to go. And, ultimately, isn’t that a good thing? Because learning only stops – if you’re lucky and smart – when you’re dead. So, you aint dead yet, kid. Read this book. It’s not too late.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, is the book that will finally get your head out of your ass. It will inspire you to do the thing that the Universe keeps telling you to do but that you keep telling yourself is too silly and useless.
Interestingly, Big Magic is that book that tells you to stop listening to shame and Daring Greatly is that book that tells you HOW to stop listening to shame.
Big Magic will have you painting your house red, figure skating just for fun, taking those voice lessons you always wanted to take, learning a new language, writing that memoir you put on the back burner 15 years ago.
And Daring Greatly will give you the balls to do all that without losing your mind about what the neighbors will think.
Both of these books are like church. You need to read them. Now.