I recently read Chinaberry’s review of the book Adulting ,by Kelly Williams Brown.
I promptly called my locally owned bookstore and ordered a copy.
I fully confess that I haven’t remotely read the entire book and love it already.
Seriously. The first sentence to capture my heart was in the introduction. It reads; “You are a grown-ass man, or a grown-ass woman, and you can act like it even if you don’t feel like it on the inside.”
This book is thoroughly honest and readable and a delight to this parent’s heart. My oldest is 21 and you can be sure that he’ll be reading this encouraging and engaging book and we’ll be talking about it – a LOT.
The author came to write the book because she likes to give advice and she’s also a reporter. A friend recommended she write a book. So she combined her job as a reporter and her love of giving advice and set out to find people to give input about how to be an adult.
So far, I love this little gem.
Yes – she does drop the Eff-bomb frequently (but, I found it generally well-placed and -frankly- funny…maybe that’s just me).
There are 468 steps to Adulting . Here are a few of my favorites: Don’t get hurt when the world doesn’t care about you. Make good sandwiches. Develop your own opinions. Don’t RSVP “maybe”. In General, don’t cause a ruckus in public. Find a mentor. Be prepared for three-hundred-dollar emergencies. The first time you see a new neighbor, introduce yourself. Don’t try to change people. No one, ever, will set your boundaries for you. So, learn to set them yourself.
I am kind of sad that this book didn’t exist when I was 18. I’ll get over it. I am a grown-up, after all.