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Being Selective In Giving A F*ck

Updated: May 22, 2022

Not too long ago a friend told me that she was reading the book, The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manson. The title alone intrigued me as I have developed a love or maybe more of a lust for saying the f-word. I don't know if it is because for so long I was told not to say it or because of the ridiculous concept that some words should not be said because they are swear words but there is another completely acceptable word that you can say that means exactly the same thing. This type of hypocritical value system that we are taught growing up in a Judeo-Christian society is the kind of thing that I have now decided (being a woman in my forties) is complete and utter bullshit, or should I say crap.

Needless to say, I had to purchase this book. What I discovered was a concept that was so simple and intuitive that I found myself thinking "why didn't I already know this"? The premise of the book isn't about not giving a fuck about anything but more about being selective in what you do care about. Mark Manson refers to this as being selective in your "fucks given". He also speaks to the fact that the idea of happiness, and our endless pursuit of it, is a problem. Accepting that there will be suffering and disappointment and learning how to become better at adversity is a more successful approach to life. Basically this concept can be best explained with his statement that "to not give a fuck is to stare down life's most terrifying and difficult challenges and still take action.”

In addition to the valuable knowledge that this book has to offer, is also very entertaining. In listening to the audio book I have never laughed so hard when listening to a self help book. To sum up my joy in discovering this book I will leave you with Mr Manson's comment "The moments of non-fuckery are the key moments of our lives." Fuck yes!

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