Cancel your plans for tonight. I’m not joking. Grab a bottle of wine (I’m all about Malbecs as of late) and curl up in your comfiest sweats. It’s time to get real, Amy Poehler style.
You know when you read a book, and you like it, and it’s interesting, but it doesn’t quite speak to you? You read it once and probably will never read it again. Amy Poehler’s Yes Please is not that book. I read a lot over the last year (about girls, and our stars, and lighthouses, and magic, and Oprah!), thanks to starting a book club with my friends, and this was easily my favorite.
It was after I started this book that I tripped and fell head-over-heels for all things Amy (and starting watching/loving Parks and Recreation on the regular.). I’ve read Tina Fey’s Bossypants, and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, and I really liked them. But there’s something a bit more that builds up in Amy’s book. She brings the reader into the story. She’s relatable, clever, uproariously funny, and the biggest thing—she comes across as human. She’s not just the cool celebrity you want to be friends with or the one you admire. She’s the one that you want to grow up and be just like.
8 reasons to read Yes, Please (i.e. 8 quotes from the book):
★”So here we go, you and me. Because what else are we going to do? Say no? Say no to an opportunity that may be slightly out of our comfort zone? Quiet our voice because we are worried it is not perfect? I believe great people do things before they are ready.“ —from the preface, "Writing is Hard: A Preface”
★Any painful experience makes you see things differently. It also reminds you of the simple truths that we purposely forget every day or else we would never get out of bed. Things like, nothing lasts forever and relationships end. The best that can happen is you learn a little more about what you can handle and you stay soft through the pain. Perhaps you feel a little wiser. Maybe your experience can be of help to others…” —on going through a divorce
★”I don’t miss the frustration of youth, the anticipation of love and pain, the paralysis of choices still ahead. The pressure of “What are you going to do?” makes everybody feel like they haven’t done anything yet. Young people can remind us to take chances and be angry and stop our patterns. Old people can remind us to laugh more and get focused and make friends with our patterns.” —on the joys of getting older
★”Too often we’re told to visualize what we want and cut out pictures of it and repeat it like a mantra over and over again… I am introducing a new idea. Try to care less. Practice ambivalence. Learn to let go of wanting it. Treat your career like a bad boyfriend.” —on your career (note: this spoke to me _incredibly, _because sometimes I think I care to the point of anxiety!)
★”If it’s not funny, you don’t have to laugh.”
★”Sometimes I worry that not enough people hate me.”
★”We wanted to celebrate the curious girl, the nonfamous, the everyday warrior.” —on who she (along with Meredith Walker and Amy Miles) started Smart Girls at the Party for
★”Spontaneous dance parties are important in my life… Dancing is the great equalizer. It gets people out of their heads and into their bodies. I think if you can dance and be free and not embarrassed you can rule the world.”
Hope these quotes stir up a bit of thought in your head, inspire you, and make you laugh, as they did for me.
P.S. Read the book!!