“The subtle art of not giving a f*ck.” by Mark Manson
I am a person who is very fond of language in general, so I try to watch which words I use. However, much like I believe you shouldn’t punch people in the face yet punching sandbags every now and again feels liberating, I also believe that as long as you don’t directly insult anyone, harsh words can be of great relief, too. Make sense? I must have been in a particular mood when I bought this bestselling book at a Canadian airport before my flight back home. The back of it reads: “[..] a superstar blogger shows us that the key to being stronger, happier people is to handle adversity better and stop trying to be ‘positive’ all the time.” Myself being someone who is often perceived as “positive all the time”, this somehow struck a nerve. I started reading the first pages with a big grin on my face, and basically couldn’t put it down until I landed back in Frankfurt. The language is blunt and pithy, just as Germans like it. And Manson is very clever in the way that he lures you in with the promise of pure sarcasm, only to start a conversation about values. Because let me tell you what this book is actually about:
The fact that caring about too much is bad for your mental health. The fact that, if you want to be taken seriously and reach success, you need boundaries which dictate what you actually care about.