It’s been a while, my friends. I have read books but failed to share book reviews, but this one….this one was too good to not share with all of you. I got to the end of the book and thought, “I’m jonesing for some more Shonda!” Yes, it was THAT good!
What else you got?
As Shonda goes into this one-year project of saying “yes” to the things that scared her, she made a revelation. She described her birthday celebration on January 13, 2015, as, “So you made it out of a uterus a long time ago. Big deal. So did everybody else on the planet. What else you got?” I laughed out loud on the plane to San Antonio, but that sentence echoed off the walls of my brain for days on end. How often do we ask ourselves, “What else you got?” I can tell you I don’t do it enough! Maybe we all should pencil that into our calendars today.
Rhimes goes into a lyrical tirade about her three daughters and their endless play, yet just when she’s up and down and all over the place with her thoughts and words, she stops and remembers – she used to play…and she liked it. It made her happy. Play smelled like puppies. In such a simple way she reminded us we all must change our calendars to include an appropriate amount of play. You can’t actually “get ahead” so take time off and play – it’s good for you!
Your health really is that critical.
Years of writing and being successful also meant years of eating whatever and whenever. Not to mention, when she wanted to get out of something she wouldn’t say ‘no’, then she ate. (This is me so I could totally relate!) So Shonda talks about sticking a Post-it note on her bathroom mirror that said, “I can say it or I can eat it.” The yeses had added up, but she found it was also time to say ‘no’ to the toxic things and more importantly, people, in her life.
The moral of the story: In 311 pages (they literally FLEW by on the plane) Shonda Rhimes shares her exploration into adulting and on the other side, you can come out whole, new, and ready to be a more vibrant and together version of yourself. Read this book. Gift this book. It’s truly amazing!