Broccoli: This was such a wonderful chapter. I loved how Lamott compared our intuition with broccoli. We forget about that inner voice frequently, but we should follow it. We’ve been conditioned to not follow our intuition, we’re told to follow social norms and societal standards. I think this chapter is saying to ignore all that you know and go with your gut. You never know what can come of that. I think this goes for photography really well. If you see something, take a photo of it. Just because it may not make sense now or has no meaning now, doesn’t mean it won’t in the future. Lamott is telling fellow storytellers to follow their gut, because something beautiful can come from it.
KFKD: I like this chapter a lot too, because Lamott is telling her readers to calm down. She uses KFKD as a metaphor for the clutter and distractions in our lives. There are so many things vying for attention that it’s hard to focus on our characters and stories. Lamott assures us that not knowing what to do is okay, but we should keep the distractions at by bay taking time for ourselves to breathe and not worry about every step of our lives. Stressing just makes everything harder in the long run and when you get past the distractions and stresses in life, then we can more clearly see our story come from ourselves.
Jealousy: Now this is a chapter I totally understand. I am definitely the jealous type and I hate that. When someone gets a job or someone is figuring out their life, I can’t help but to envy them. I feel so lost when I see one of my peers or even my friends succeed. It’s good to know I’m not the only person that feels this way. I like what Lamott said about how no matter who she talked to nobody made her feel better, until someone told her that it was okay to not feel happy for someone. When you are working so hard at something in life and you see someone succeed completely in it, then it is natural to feel a sense of envy and anger. I think accepting the way you feel, whether it be jealousy or anger, is the first steps into getting over it. This chapter helped me realize that my jealousy really doesn’t make me a bad person, it makes me normal.