My Rating: 4/5 Stars
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In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It is a cute little read, and I mean little. This book is only 45 pages long, but that doesn’t mean it’s not holding a powerful message. This isn’t your normal self-help book. She’s not trying to teach you a million ways to make your life better or to tell you that you’re not trying hard enough. She’s just a woman who’s sharing her story in the hope that it makes yours just a little bit easier.
Lauren Graham, the actress from Gilmore Girls, shares with us a small bit of her life story to help us see that worrying about it doesn’t help anything. Lauren started her acting career in High School, getting a few minor roles, as well as the lead role in their performance of Hello, Dolly!. However, in her Senior year the worry monster took over and she started to lose her spark.
She became so worried about what role she had and what the crowd saw that she forgot to get lost in her acting and to enjoy the job she was doing. This monster followed her all the way onto Broadway, where she was played Miss Adelaide (my favorite character) in Guys and Dolls. Even here, living her dream, she felt out of place.
Because of this, her acting suffered. She wasn’t doing a bad job, but she wasn’t giving it her all either. She was so worried about every little detail that she wasn’t truly playing her role. Then one day she decided not to care anymore.
“Once I stopped worrying so much about pleasing others, once I decided to let myself off the hook, I realized I could fly.”
Her story continues on, but the message stays the same. If you’re to busy worrying about how you’re living your life, you won’t actually get to live it! And I love how openly and honestly she talks about her journey to this nugget of truth.
The only problem I had with this book was that her writing style and humor confused me a little. There were a few times where I didn’t quite understand what she was trying to say and I had to reread it. This didn’t take away from the story at all, just made it a little harder for me to read.
Regardless, I loved this book! Lauren writes with an upbeat, whimsical tone that truly sends the message home. I recommend this book for anyone who worries just a little too much.