Author’s note: If you are offended by profanity, do not consult the book or blog I’m about to mention.
Jenny Lawson suffers from moderate clinical depression and as well as several other disorders including, anxiety, impulse control, avoidant personality, and depersonalization. She has rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune issues. She is also one of the funniest people you’ll ever meet.
Also known as the Bloggess. Lawson’s latest book, Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things, takes on her illnesses with her usual heart and no-hold-bars humor. She knows what it’s like to not be able to get out of bed for weeks at a time, and she has vowed when she is able to get out and about, she is going to be “furiously happy.”
Of course, being Jenny Lawson, this includes going to Australia to pose (dressed in a koala suit) with a koala. Ditto with a kangaroo. It involves dealing with a cannonballing possum in her pool and carrying on a feud with neighborhood swans.
At a recent stop at a Salon@615 event in Nashville, the audience was equally entertained by her outrageous humor and inspired by her frank discussion of the illnesses that plague her. For all of us, she is a role model.
Too often we let our weaknesses define us. But as Lawson reminds us, we don’t have to. Even when we know the reprieve is temporary, we have an interim in which we can bemoan our fate or be furiously happy.
For me, I have decided to always choose the latter.