Book review: The Simple Art of Not Giving a Fuck

Goodreads description: Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—”not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault.” Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.

The readers should not remain misguided by the title, for Mark Mason’s book isn’t pure and simply a book on how not to have a care in the world. Rather, it’s a book about learning to understand and to care about the things that truly matter in a way that will not damage you.

All the while I was reading The Simple Art of Not Giving a Fuck I kept enthusiastically repeating “Yes!” and “Indeed!” after reading every other statement. The things Mason talks about… I have come to learn some of them through years of nervous breakdowns, uncertainities, shaky self-confidence and lots of dead nervous cells. Through years of hearing hearing the people closest to me saying that I’m just not good enough until I’m this or that. What I have learned over all of these years is that acceptance matter. Sometimes you just have to accept things just the way they are. “Pursuing something only reinforces the fact that you lack it in the first place. The more you desperately want to be rich, the more poor and unworthy you feel, regardless of how much money you actually make.

Sometimes, in order to become strong you have to accept that you are inferior. Sometimes, in order to stay sane, you just have to accept that you are you, with all your faults… This is exactly the reason why The Simple Art of Not Giving a Fuck resonated with me so much.



3 thoughts on “Book review: The Simple Art of Not Giving a Fuck

  1. A colleague / friend of mine recently read this book and said “I should definitely read, review and recommend it”, haha. “You can even borrow my copy!”
    Unfortunately I haven’t borrowed / read it yet, simply because I want to tackle my own TBR first but it definitely seems like a book worth reading.

    Books like this are just a necessity if you’re bound to “care too much” about things that you should care less about..

    Nice review!

    1. Thanks for the comment Kathy! It has been on my TBR list for about 8 months. I have several family members who are absoultely obsessed about something and it really does make them miserable, but the sad part is they don’t see it. The sad part is I used to be just like that, and it wasted so much of my mental energy it’s unbelievable.

      You should definitely give it a go if you get a chance. I finished it quite quickly – in about 3 days, which by my standards is like Formula 1 driving. My usual reading time is about 40 min per day in public transport on/off my way to work…

      1. Yup, my mom is exactly the same way! Guess I really have to pick this up so I can maybe “throw” it her way as well.

        Haha, guess it’s a real quick read then! I’ll have to remember to poke my colleague about borrowing it – she just left on a holiday for two or three weeks so I’ll have to wait a bit.

        Thanks for the answer! And the extra motivation to pick it up sooner rather than later. 😀

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