Review: The Worrier’s Guide to Life
Okay, first let me say: THIS BOOK SCARES ME! I started off thinking it was pretty amusing but then I hit page 10 and began to get seriously freaked. This was like an illustrated autobiography. I can only conclude that little people have found their way into my head and are faxing out memos of every neurotic, crazy thought I have. Those are regular and consistent so I’m guessing there’s a lot of faxing going on.
From the thoughts you might have while meditating (which of course culminate in ‘Mmm… pizza’) to the safer versions of board games (‘Monotony’ anyone?) to the modern day plagues (‘May there always be an unexpected item in your bagging area’), The Worrier’s Guide to Life is a hilarious look at all potential sources of stress, anxiety and worry for the modern day neurotic. Think you are alone in your sleepless night thinking? Check out the Wheel of Insomnia and feel instantly reassured (though remember, you won’t be sleeping tonight).
As someone who has suffered with anxiety, I feel like there’s an underlying seriousness to this book. It isn’t hard to feel overwhelmed by life and there’s more and more to engage, stimulate or petrify us every day. The Worrier’s Guide to Life is very funny, brilliantly illustrated and will strike a chord with every worrier across the world.
I’m so glad I found this book. I haven’t felt so in touch with something since I read Hyperbole and a Half.