Life isn’t that bad to waste time for self-help books
I have several hobbies, but for this article, I have chosen the one and the most unique, I think. Well…? That thing is self-help books. I have the to-read book list, and it is so long that I know one thing for sure — it will be my hobby forever because I’ll not read all the books I’m dead.
Surely, reading is sexy. Books are ubiquitous on Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin, and recently — on the shelves behind the backs of our colleagues during video meetings.
Nowadays, people write and publish more and more self-help books. It’s a result of common processes of specialising in every area of life. We should be experts in every profession — we should be perfect kids, perfect mothers, excellent friends, more than perfect husbands, and make everything so great. I realised it a few years ago, and from that moment I started my journey with self-help books.
I was so confused that people can write books about really not complicated things or parts of life. Even more confusing was the fact that some people decided to spend money on that kind of book but over time I came to the same point. I have been reading the books like How to Do Nothing with Nobody, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fu**, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. And I think I still don’t know how to do nothing, I still don’t know the subtle art of not giving a f…ruit, and unfortunately — I’m still not a badass.
The biggest problem with this hobby is the mess. There are many books, actually everywhere in my flat. Whenever I sit on the couch, I say to myself out loud who the hell put so many books on the sofa, and who in their common sense reads several books at the same time for God’s sake? When I was on holiday in Iceland, I read The Tao of Pooh, but the truth is that when you’re on holiday, far away from home and the workplace, everything seems to be great, and you don’t need any kind of tao. The last book I read is The New Rules of Posture: How to Sit, Stand, and Move in the Modern World. If it wasn’t for my hobby, I would never know that we need to read books to be able to walk, stand and sit correctly.
The incredible thing about that is the fact that self-help books don’t actually help, so my passion will never die. After quite a few years of reading this kind of genre, I know that if some type of literature can improve our lives are the books written by Seneca instead of all those modern, fancy-covered and -designed bestsellers.
At present, I’m reading an exciting book with the title I Am the Market: How to Smuggle Cocaine by the Ton, in Five Easy Lessons. My intuition tells me that it can be the first effective and life-changing one.