There are many books out there that helped mould me into the person I am today, but Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig opened my eyes more than any other book.
The best-selling author analyses our relationship with the Internet and how it affects our mental health.
Matt is often vocal about his mental health struggles, which is something I admire most about the author.
His honesty is heavy at times, but necessary. He filled Notes on a Nervous Planet with words of wisdom that are bound to change the way you view the world.
I simply couldn’t put the book down, it was practically glued to my hands for 24 hours.
As someone who struggles with mental health issues, I found Matt Haig’s honesty reassuring and comforting. His words made me, and many others, realise that you are not alone in your battle.
One of the most thought-provoking parts of the book is the chapter in which Matt discusses the pressure we put on ourselves to do everything. He advises readers to change the way they think about what we can do in life.
We often worry about the things we’ll never get to do, but he urged us to focus on what we can achieve and what we can enjoy.
“To enjoy life, we might have to stop thinking about what we will never be able to read and watch and say and do, and start to think of how to enjoy the world within our boundaries.”
We need to cut ourselves some slack. Sure there are millions of movies to watch and books to read and places to visit. Realistically, we’ll never be able to visit every single place or tune into every single movie, but what we can do is revel in the ones we do have time for.
Maybe I’ll never visit Asia or Texas.
Maybe I’ll never get time to read War and Peace or Lord of the Flies.
Maybe I’ll never watch Star Wars or The Princess Bride.
However, this book helped me accept that we just can’t do everything in our time on this nervous planet and that is perfectly fine.
You can purchase a copy of Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig here.