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My buddy Adam (who you may know from his recent novel Caveworld or self-care zine The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad) has a new thing out, and he was nice enough to send me a copy of it.
Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty, by Adam Gnade
Sometimes life has a way of giving you what you need when you need it. But a lot of the time life gives you garbage when the last thing you have time or energy to do is dig through trash in search of the things you need to get by.
Today, life gave me a lot of garbage. I’ll spare you the details, but waking up before the sun with food poisoning isn’t the best way to begin a pretty important day. After groggily fulfilling all of my work and school responsibilities, I came home, made a cup of tea, and sulked. I found myself laying in bed feeling awful and not doing anything about it, not because I didn’t want to, oh I did, but because I didn’t have the energy.
When I finally managed to force myself out of bed hours later, I checked the mail and found this little gem. Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty is a continuation of Gnade’s self-care writing. Maybe you’ve read Ringside! or the Sad zine. If you liked those, Simple Steps will be right up your alley.
So yeah, Adam’s new zine came in the mail while I was having a bad day, but I didn’t read it immediately, even though I knew I probably should have. Instead I sat around, tried to find food I could hold down, and played on my phone. After that all made me feel worse, I picked up Simple Steps, began reading through it, and started to feel better pretty shortly afterwards.
Since Simple Steps is written in a similar format to Gnade’s other self-care works, predominantly in the form of short essays and quick lists, I’ve decided to make a list of my own.
From here on out, I vow the following.
- Less phone, more books.
- Less Facebook, more real faces.
- Less junk, more veggies.
- Less talking, more doing.
- More dog parks, longer walks.
- Create. Create. Create.
- Sleep more, but wake up earlier.
- Remember the past, but don’t look back.
- Stop stressing about money. That’s how capitalism wins.
Even if you’ve never read anything else of Adam’s, you’ll have no problem picking up Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty. It’s an accessible, realistic, and actually useful tool in taking care of yourself. Heck, I was having a bad day, and it helped me feel better. What else could I have asked for from this zine? Another great one from Adam Gnade. Get into it. Available now from Pioneers Press.45
Think about your biggest hero. Would you respect them as much if you saw them hunched over their phone all day like a fucking zombie? No, you want them out there in the world doing heroic things, writing that great novel / song / whatever, saving the planet, sticking up for the little guy, etc, et al, whatever it is that makes them mighty. Let’s try to be as good as our heroes. ”
Adam Gnade, Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty77
Excited to get home from work and eat these dang pickles I started making a couple days ago!5