Let me tell you something. I loved this book. It’s freaking hilarious, it’s lighthearted, it has pictures, and it’s actually useful. I should mention it is geared to twenty something women from middle to upper class, but most of it is applicable to any reader. The author gives advice on general life skills, cleaning, pet care, dating, friendships, careers, moving, cooking, etc. The advice is based on lessons she’s learned through experience, as well as things she’s learned from family, friends, and coworkers. It’s been a while since I’ve read it, to be totally honest, but there are some specific lessons that stick out. Some of my favourites are:
“This is the most difficult and important thing to accept if you wish to be a grown-up: You are not a Special Snowflake.”
“You’re a grown up, and you get to decide what behaviors affect you for five minutes versus what behaviors change you as a person.”
My ultimate favourite is…
““If it’s making a galloping noise, it’s probably a horse, not a zebra.” In other words, the simplest explanation is probably — not always, but probably — the correct one.”
That one is my favourite because it is relevant to every single situation. And well, I tend to overreact to certain situations. I had a bump behind my ear once and I went to my mom freaking out about a brain tumour. Seriously. BRAIN TUMOUR. This bit of advice could also be phrased as “If you have a bump behind your ear, it’s probably a zit, not a brain tumour.”
I definitely recommend this to any twenty something who is trying to find their way in the world of post grad job hunting and first apartment renting. If you’re feeling a little lost out there in the adult world of taxes, pension plans, landlords, and thank-you notes, this is the book for you.
Kelly Williams Brown wrote this book after starting a blog with the same theme, you can find it at adultingblog.com. And if you’re a tumblr type of person, it’s a tumblr based blog so you can follow it and have little bits of good advice and hilarity pop up on your dash. Enjoy!