A memoir about Felicia Day: Nerd by Day and . . . well nerd by night. She’s quirky, smart as all hell, brave, determined, and probably one of the best people you’ll ever meet. Or so I think (After reading her book I’m pretty convinced).
I’ve been really into memoirs and essay’s lately. Not really sure why. Maybe my own life is lacking fulfilment so I need to read about other peoples. Either way it’s been a blast for me! After reading Shane Dawson’s “I Hate Myselfie” my roommate lent me Felicia Day’s book. Let me just be very upfront and clear. I love Felicia Day as much as you can love a person you’ve never actually met. Let me also be clear that I love her even more now. I felt like this small glimpse into her life somehow revealed everything new about her and yet was everything I already thought I knew. There is something so readable about Day and her book feels like having coffee with a friend. There are a few passages from the book I’d like to share though:
“When we graduate from childhood into adulthood, we’re thrown into this confusing, Cthulhu-like miasma of life, filled with social and career problems, all with branching choices and no correct answers.” – thank you Miss Day for putting into words everything that us Hermione’s of the world feel on a daily basis. WHY AREN’T THERE ANSWERS!?
“Find a group to support you, to encourage you, to guilt you into DOING. If you can’t find one, start one yourself. Random people enjoy having pancakes.” – Family Don’t End With Blood is my (stolen) mantra. And this just sits so at home in my chest it makes me skin all warm and fuzzy and makes me do that lazy grin. People who encourage, support, and push? Those are rare people and I hope everyone can be strong enough to make that group or lucky enough to find it! Great advice!
“I borrowed a large, fake house plant from the set of How I Met Your Mother to decorate the background of one of my shots, promising my friend who was an actor on the show, “I’ll bring this back Monday!” – the Dr. Horrible fan in me IS GEEKING THE HELL OUT.
“I wept for this guy, who was so vulnerable in front of me that he for some reason, felt the need to put himself down when he gave me something he’d made from scratch. I don’t let people get away with putting themselves down anymore. There are enough negative voices in this world – don’t let the pessimistic voice that lives inside get away with that stuff too, that voice is NOT a good roommate.” – I’ve been working a lot on self care, loving myself first, always keep fighting, and this is just another beautiful piece of advice (seriously, Miss Day should go into making Hallmark cards like she joked about). But she’s absolutely right. Get rid of the negative influences in your life – and if that voice is your own head then freaking lock it in a time out and train to be better. Because every human is worth something, even if they don’t know it.
While this book is about Felicia Day and her life growing up and becoming the strong, amazing woman she is today it’s also a book about self love, and embracing your weird, and being loving and tolerant, and Day’s brilliance shines through every single word. This book made me feel all warm and huggy and I just want to hug Miss Day and believe that maybe we can all do the things we want to do even if we’re just plucky mid-western (or New England) weirdos. xoxox