Have you every had one of those days where nothing is going right and you just rock back and forth in a corner wondering what life means?
Yeah that’s too dramatic, but the other day I was down on myself and needed something to tell me that it wasn’t as bad as I was making it out to me.
Enter, In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham. Graham’s third foray into the world of authorship. A reconfiguration of a commencement speech she gave in 2017.
So, did Ms. Graham book teach me some a valuable lesson in perspective? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham
Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 3, 2018)
Print Length: 52 pages
Audiobook Length: 28 minutes
Narrator: Lauren Graham
In this expansion of the 2017 commencement speech she gave at her hometown Langley High, Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, reflects on growing up, pursuing your dreams, and living in the here and now. “Whatever path you choose, whatever career you decide to go after, the important thing is that you keep finding joy in what you’re doing, especially when the joy isn’t finding you.” In her hilarious, relatable voice, Graham reminds us to be curious and compassionate, no matter where life takes us or what we’ve yet to achieve. Grounded and inspiring—and illustrated throughout with drawings by Graham herself—here is a comforting road map to a happy life.
Reminiscent of when I read Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling, In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham is a brief exploration of staying true to yourself and not sweating the small things in life.
As I’ve read Grahams previous books, Talking as Fast as I Can and Someday, Someday, Maybe, it was a no-brainer for me to pick up this 52 page look at growing up, pursuing ones dreams, and allowing ones self to live in the moment.
What I loved about this book is, like with her previous two works, that it is an extension of the emotionally independent, self confident, vividly expressive woman that I’ve had the pleasure of looking up to ever since I first watched Gilmore Girls at the age of 10.
This novel is no different. Her humor and personality exude off the page, making it seem like a member of the family is giving advise, rather than an actor who doesn’t know I exist. Shes real, shes raw, her anecdotes work within the larger scope of the speech, and I actually shed a few tears knowing that people share my feelings of wondering whether or not I am where I am suppose to be or if I haven’t yet realized my full potential.
In conclusion, and upon serious reflection, I may take a page out of Lawrence Graham’s (Lauren’s father) book and become a spin instructor. What could possibly go wrong, right?
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by the incomparable Lauren Graham. Have any affirmation type recommendations? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.