I was born in Louisville, Kentucky on March 20, 1942. I am a mother of six children, adopted three children, and an extended parent to four other children. My parents were my heroes. Both are deceased, but the wisdom, guidance, love, and compassion for us and others have guided my life and helped me get to this day. They were not perfect, but they were the greatest people in my life. They shared their life with me, the good times, bad times, mistakes, bad and good decisions, their decades of growth, their desires, and failures with their children. To me, this created a richness in my life. I remembered their sharing as the decades of my life rolled into some of the same situations. Because I was knowledgeable of those pitfalls, I didn’t have to repeat the fall. I could read the invisible detour signs very well. The lessons my parents paid for in their journey of life, I didn’t have to purchase. Their wise council created a vast knowledge of “The Issues of Life” because of their “Golden Nuggets.” I love them both. I dedicate the wisdom of this book to Mable Hayworth and George Henry Foster. I call them my best friends. Elmyrra Foster
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In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.
For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—"not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault." Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.
There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.