Shit Happens So Get Over It. Is the title not inspiration enough? I'm not sure I even need to read beyond the cover to figure out that this book would like me to suck it up. And rightly so. Times are tough. We could all use a reminder that tough times don't last. But tough people do. That not everyone has a sob story, and even if they do, it's no excuse (credit: the great Stephen Chbosky). That if you're arguing with an idiot, you should make sure he isn't doing the same thing. Oh wait, I guess that last one is just more of a Words to Live By thing my mom sent me off to college with.
Here we have 160 pages of reasons we shouldn't play the victim, use our unhappy childhoods as a crutch, lament our dwindling bank accounts, or whine about our broken hearts. Sure, everything is relative and personal problems are always taken more...personally...but what it all comes down to is: Shit happens. So get over it.
Or don't, and resign yourself to being--according to the world's Tough Love Master (no, not my mom, Chuck Norris)--miserable. Self-destructive. Weak. Weak! Don't be weak! The only thing worse than being weak is being Steven Seagal!
More good Shit Happens So Get Over It advice:
- "Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." - Mark Twain
- "When your dreams turn to dust, vacuum." - Desmond Tutu
- "Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much." - Oscar Wilde
- "You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you." - Mary Tyler Moore
- "Sometimes you just have to pee in the sink." - Charles Bukowski
For even more hard truths, and truly practical advice, I'd also recommend David Wong's article "6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person" over at Cracked.com.