By: Maggie Manfredi, Guest Blogger
“I think we should stop asking people in their 20s what they ‘want to do’ and start asking them what they don’t want to do. Instead of asking students to ‘declare their major’ we should ask students to ‘list what they will do anything to avoid.’ It just makes a lot more sense.” –Amy Poehler, Yes Please
I have never had an experience where I have learned, reflected, laughed and cried all in one sitting until I read Yes Please. Amy Poehler gives you everything in this book from advice to life stories to behind the scenes antics from Saturday Night Live. As a young woman starting to figure out where I fit in and what I want to be, it can sometimes be hard to hear stories about other people--people who have their passion and found success in it--because that’s all I wish for at the end of a long day. However, I like a success story with cheeky details that show the uniqueness of every person’s trajectory. These are what you learn from and these are where the nuggets of knowledge lie.
What I learned and what I loved:
“Any painful experience makes you see things differently. It also reminds you of the simple truths that we purposely forget every day or else we would never get out of bed. Things like, nothing lasts forever and relationships can end.”
Leaving my home and Alma mater recently and jumping into a new (sort of) adult stage in my life has been a chapter filled with changes, and if I am being completely honest occasional tears on my ride home from work. This transition, like most in life, has been a portal to new possibilities but also a time of saying goodbyes. People change. There is distance or drama that doesn’t take a priority anymore and you keep pushing forward and through the process of chasing your own happiness you will grow. But like Amy says, yes it can be painful and, yes it is hard. But get up and greet the day anyway because that is life.
“Everybody is scared most of the time.”
Amy Poehler seems fearless on stage or on screen. She is ridiculously funny and smart and it shows. I found myself turning the pages wanting to see where the heroine would take me next. I have this voice in my head. It tells me that I am not the smartest person in the room and that I shouldn’t say what I am thinking and that I don’t look good. But it was nice and is always nice to be reminded that no one is alone. Everyone has these fears and insecurities that take different shapes; you just have to fight against the bad noise to feel the good. Dancing to Shania Twain has been proven to help…in a recent study that took place in my bedroom.
“Yes please. Thank you.”
This book doesn’t sugar coat the tough stuff in life. It can be messy and complicated and Poehler admits to it. I wanted to personally say thanks to Amy Poehler. For making me laugh out loud in the waiting room while my Chevy Cruze got oiled and rotated and other things I’m not sure about. Also thanks for helping me stay on the treadmill 10 extra minutes because I wanted to finish the chapter. Thank you out there for reading this post and if you want more on pregnancy, improv, love, friendship etc. don’t hesitate to pick up this delightful book.
Have you read Yes Please? What did you think? What did you learn? Got another killer reading rec? Share it here!
Maggie is a nearly with-it working girl and proud owner of a B.A. in Communication. She spends her free time on the phone with one of her three crazy sisters or reviewing some form of entertainment news. Her hobbies do not include competitive dog grooming, CrossFit or puzzles (she is lousy at puzzles).
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