This is How

You are allowed to be alive. You are allowed to be somebody different. And you are allowed to not say good-bye to anybody or explain a single thing to anyone, ever.

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This is How by Augusten Burroughs

I have not re-read as many passages or highlighted so many phrases as I did with this book in a very, very long time. Advise on how to be fat, be thin, how to fail, how to be a good mental patient, how to feel less regret, how to lose someone you love — the thoughts are refreshing, important and honest. They are not always easy, not always nice and that’s ok.

The older I get, the easier it is to take the advise in these pages and follow it without reservation. It makes me wish I was stronger, stronger, more able to just do rather than think. There are not enough good things to say about this book. I loved it. Every bit of it. Enough to buy a regular copy of it so I can fold the pages, write in the margins and one day write something smart and meaningful in the front and let it go.

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