It’s The Blind Leading The Blind
A young woman in her twenties is constantly on the verge of a mental breakdown.
No, seriously. It’s as if she gets five days every month of solace, and the remaining days are filled with stress that she has no idea how to handle.
Long-term boyfriend wants to break up? Sure. Um… I guess I can learn how to date for the first time ever at the age of 26.
Roommate wants to steal your clothes and deny it? Uhhh… No one ever taught me how to deal with this.
Metabolism has peaced out? LOL OMG KILL ME NOW, PLEASE.
Relax. You are not alone.
And there are ways to cope with your quarter-life crisis that don’t involve giving up and moving back in with mom and dad (if you’ve already done that, that’s cool, too. I totally was there not too long ago.)
So here are some women who made sure they put down in writing all of these insane moments and thoughts and were brave enough to publish and share them with you.
1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns)
“Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.”
Kaling’s debut novel covers everything from growing up in a snotty group of friends to making ones who last and fighting for the career she had always dreamed of having. She highlights and stresses that it was not an easy path, and that she was knocked down plenty of times along the way.
Bonus? You’ll be laughing out loud with every turn of the page.
2. I Can Barely Take Care Of Myself: Tales From A Happy Life Without Kids
“I finally understand that it’s okay to be a little afraid of things but that obsessing over them does not mean you have any more control over what you fear.”
Kirkman is a strong believer that a woman does not have to conform to traditional values. In this memoir, she holds back no embarrassing detail as she recounts growing up in Boston and figuring out what she wanted to do with her life.
And not having kids was the best decision she made for herself.
3. The Opposite Of Loneliness
“I saw everything in the world build up and then everything in the world fall down again.”
This book of short stories and essays will have you fighting back tears on multiple occasions. Keegan sadly passed away shortly after graduating from college, but her voice will be forever remembered by the ones who knew her.
A professor of hers chose to publish her work, and I’m eternally grateful for that. Keegan’s voice is so damn relatable that I’ve recommended her book to every one of my girlfriends.
4. Yes Please
“That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her! Not for me.”
Although she says “I had no business agreeing to write this book,” in the preface, she still managed to write a hell of an inspirational one. She is honest, straight-forward, and is a strong believer that women should be building each other up instead of tearing each other down, as we so often find in today’s society.
“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.”
You will cry. Sorry, but you will. Even the men who have read this book have been reduced to tears. However, this book is incredibly uplifting.
Strayed began her hike after experiencing a soul-crushing meltdown. But her journey strengthened her both physically and mentally.