I don’t think it is a secret to anyone reading my blog that I have anxiety issues. Sometimes I can just get a panic attack for no (obvious) reason at all. And that is difficult especially since not many people understand it. When you lose your leg, people will say “Dayum, bro, so sorry for the loss of your leg!” But when you have mental issues which cannot be seen from the outside, people tell you to just ‘chill’. I even had a doctor tell me to just go and read a book or something.
Furiously Happy is a funny book about horrible things. Quite literally. In the book, Jenny Lawson, the author and also blogger on the amazingly awesome blog The Bloggess, describes what it is like to live with depression and anxiety and also what it’s like to have an obsession with taxidermied overly happy raccoons.
There is a huge taboo on talking about mental illnesses, no matter how mild they are (and I consider myself to be a mild case. But I might be wrong). It’s nice to know that there are people out there wo are going through the same thing you do. Because the thing is, when you are in a panic attack or when you are in a very depressed state of mind, you don’t realise that there are people out there like you. You don’t realise that you are not the only one who is a little crazy. There are many and everybody has a story to tell. Sharing these stories can help others get better or at least feel like they are not as lonely.
Besides that, Furiously Happy is a hilarious book, just like its predecessor Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. The book will make you laugh out loud, which I rarely happens to me. Jenny just says whatever she feels like saying, which kind of makes her feel like she’s your best friend. There is no censorship and she embraces herself just the way she is. Flaws and all. Go tell that to Beyonce.
If you are suffering from any mental illness, however severe, this is a book for you. If you are not suffering from any mental illness but are just a little bit crazy, this is a book for you. If you are completely normal and easily offended….well, skip this one.
In any case, it taught me how to be Furiously Happy.