Last week, I read Bloggess Jenny Lawson’s new book Furiously Happy.
Furiously Happy deals with Jenny’s mental health issues, how she copes with them, and, importantly how they help make her the person she is. It is truly a gift to folks with anxiety, depression, other mental health issues (and to those who care about them). It shows them that they’re not alone.
The blurb on the flap sums it up pretty well:
This is a book about embracing everything that makes us who we are – the beautiful and the flawed – and then using it to find joy in fantastic and outrageous ways. Because as Jenny’s mom says, “Maybe ‘crazy’ isn’t so bad after all.” Sometimes crazy is just right.
While Furiously Happy is geared towards folks with mental illness, I came away from the book feeling comforted about my physical illness, Crohn’s Disease. Because Furiously Happy reminded me that other people — probably everyone, in fact — struggles through life with something. And that’s why we all — every one of use — need each other.
Because no matter what each of us is facing, we’re not alone.
Plus, the book is hilarious. You will rarely enjoy mental illness quite this much.
Oh, and go read her most recent blog post, which had me laughing for hours last night. It is a compendium of awkward moments sent to the Bloggess via Twitter.