Reasons to Stay Alive
“A human body is bigger than it looks. Advances in science and technology have shown that, really, a physical body is a universe in itself. Each of us is made up of roughly a hundred trillion cells. In each of those cells is roughly that same number again of atoms. That is a lot of separate components. Yet, most of the time, we simplify by thinking about ourselves in terms of larger pieces; arms, legs, feet. We do not feel the near-infinite nature of our physical selves.”
I don’t think there’s a podcast I listen to that hasn’t mentioned Matt Haig or this book. When Bryony Gordon interviewed Matt for ‘Mad World’, it went straight on my to-do list. And now, as I expected, I’m absolutely gobbling it up.
I’ve got my eyes on doing a mental health first aid course this year and this feels like essential reading. (Have a chat with your manager if you fancy being the mental health first aid-er in your workplace!)
However mentally healthy you feel, get your hands on this book. It’s about you, your mum, your work colleague and your next door neighbour. Its about being human. It’s about how complex and incredible our bodies are. It’s about how absolutely priceless, essential and irreplaceable you are.
Just read it. Read it and pass it on. And buy your mate a copy.