One of my Favourite Books: Notes On A Nervous Planet

How can we live in a mad world without ourselves going mad?

Matt Haig

Notes On A Nervous Planet is a book written by Matt Haig, not too scrutinise our daily routines or the ins and outs of society but too open our eyes to how society itself is making us more anxious people. I thought I would introduce the underlying topic of the book and talk through some of the aspects of which really stood out to me. this book has been passed around between many of my friends and every single one of them has sung praises about it.  

It’s such a weird thing for young people to look at distorted images of things they should be

Daisy Ridley, on why she quit Instagram

We live in a world where there is a cream or serum which will apparently help you look young and beautiful, help stop wrinkles or stay youthfully radiant. We’re bombarded left, right and centre with all these new treatments which force us to believe that we have to look a certain way. Instead of trying to stop the inevitable, because EVERYONE ages, we should instead embrace those wrinkles, stop living in the future and focus on the now but especially don’t fear something which you’ll regret fearing, there’s no point worrying about something so much that it consumes your every thought. 

The internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had

Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google

Social media has become such a big part of our lives, so much so, that we are constantly updating our statuses or checking our feed every few minutes. We become so emotionally connected with our social media accounts, that it starts to influences our day-to-day interactions with the people around us as well as having an emotional influence on our mental state. We are so concerned with the number of likes, retweets or comments that we get which internally leads to us being emotionally affected by those exact responses and so we feel more insecure. It’s a never-ending turmoil that we need to stop!

I can’t say the any of the things above don’t apply to me because they do, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try to find a balance between our time on and off our social media accounts. So here are a few things to try and follow:

  1. Don’t hate-follow
  2. Don’t worry so much about missing out on things
  3. Don’t delay your life for the internet 
  4. Take into consideration that people are much more than there social media accounts. 

But more importantly don’t compare yourself to other people!                                                         

Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything it is because we are dangerously near to wanting noting

Sylvia Plath

We are constantly being ‘sold unhappiness, because unhappiness is where the money is’, we are constantly being told by brands, adverts, magazines and even social media that we can be better than who we are, that if we invest in this new product or buy a new outfit we will feel a million times better, but happiness doesn’t come from the things we own, it comes from the way we feel about ourselves and the people around us. As Matt Haig says ‘we need to build a kind of immune system of the mind. Where we can absorb but not get infected by the world around us’. 

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self

Aldous Huxley

Matt Haig has written a master piece of a book, and delved into so many aspects of our lives which are more affected by society then we expect it to be. If I were to recommend one book to someone this year it would definitely be this one! 

Most importantly, spend time on the things you love and with the people that have a significant influence on your life, even if that means having to let go of all those restraints that are holding you back. 

Love Sharuni xx

//10thApril 2019//

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