Date finished: September 18, 2017

Rating: ★★★★★

The Chronology of Water, Lidia Yuknavitch

This book is not like other books in that it makes you incredibly, painfully self-aware. While Yuknavitch grappled with abuse, addiction, and depression in ways I never have, her musings reminded me that life is emotions and feeling and touching and loving, and that sometimes you have to barrel your way blindly into new things until you find exactly what it is you didn’t know you needed.

This passage in particular really stuck with me:

“I didn’t want to fuck. I wanted to read. I didn’t want to go numb every night. I wanted to travel the country of ideas and feel thoughts and blast open the top of my head. I didn’t want to drink until I dropped. I wanted to write. A whole other book.”

I so appreciate the idea that while we are prone to do things that aren’t necessarily good for us, there are beautiful moments where we want nothing less than to be our very best, most creative, most satisfied selves. Yuknavitch serves to remind that you are forever the most important person in your life, whether you always love yourself or not.

Photo courtesy Hawthorne Books

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