Last week, I had a feeling that I am lagging behind the people in my Social Media feeds, something that I should not really give importance to. Well, that’s not me totally because sometimes I do ignore things—well when I see new urban words or challenges, I don’t really understand why and what they are doing and not even head over to research.
But, there was this one thing which I’ve been noticing in every next person’s Instagram feed. A book called The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck. I agree it’s a book with an off-putting title yet extremely popular. Initially, I hesitated to read this, I thought it’s just hyped because of its title, but we all know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.
The book has a point: it really does offer a lot of great insight into why it’s important to stop caring so much about the things that don’t matter in life and why people should start concentrating more on the things that are the most important to them.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck inadvertently teaches the following lessons:
1. Stop caring about “Fitting in”
“We all try hard to be a part of the crowd.” – Read the initial statement again. Did you sense any fun in doing that?
Anything that makes us human beings ‘awesome’ is that each of us in unique! Focussing and giving importance to fitting in makes us forget about our own individuality and uniqueness.
Self-Awareness is something that comes within us when we embrace our own individuality and trust me, embracing that gives us another height of happiness.
2. Personal Experiences are SO Important
We all have a story going on in our lives. What makes it unique is our story; a personal experience. What makes you biopic or interview or anything Unique? Hint: the same answer you spoke in mind.
How cliche and boring are the movies with the same love story? Same theme?
And how amazing are the movies with their own unique story? Which one will you spend your money on?
Your personal experiences are this important! Wanting to travel somewhere not people usually choose? Just go! Build your own story and own experience.
3. If you wait for motivation before taking Action, you are fucked up
It took me 3 reads to understand this sentence – “You might never take action if you need motivation to take action because motivation occurs as a result of action.”
In easy words, action motivates you to take more action because it breeds progress. Taking actions is very important even when you feel uninspired. You should never wait for something to motivate you before you take action.
Feeling something is wrong around you? Take action to change it! Want to make a difference? Take Action!
4. Travelling is fucking fantastic
Here comes my favourite lesson – travel!
Travelling helps you realize that your cultural values are not the only guidelines on how to live because it gives you a cultural shock, it exposes you to people who have different values but still live a good life. It makes you adaptable to change, since we all know change is the only thing constant.
When you travel for leisure, for a reason you re-examine your values, and create good values to which you can live by. I re-examined my values, too, when I went on an exchange to Turkey! I added some good values from that country to my own.
To summarize, the book made me realize the stupid and superficial values that have been guiding my own life.
Besides this, the book also taught me the importance of embracing pain, failure, and all negative and positive emotions that we experience.
Which lesson did you love? Share your views with us in the comments below!