You Do You is as much a self-help book as it is a postmortem on my own midlife renaissance,* which has involved taking a few big risks in the last few years.
* The life expectancy for American women is currently 79.13 years, so as of this writing, I couldn’t be more midlife if I tried.
In addition to exiting the rat race, starting my own business, and convincing a publisher I was capable of writing not one but three postmortems on my midlife renaissance disguised as self-help books, in 2016 my husband and I uprooted our entire life to move from Brooklyn, New York, to a tiny fishing village in the Dominican Republic.
And if you had told sixteen- or twenty-six-year-old me that thirty-six-year-old me would jettison not only a thriving career but also a lovely apartment and a stable, comfortable existence for a complete 180- degree turn toward a life of unknowns, adventure, and snakes in her roof* — she would have lobbied to have thirty-six-year-old me preemptively committed.
All of this is to say, I know a little something about risk (and reward), so if you feel like you’re ready to ditch your real or metaphorical day job, and if you’re looking for a wee push off of the cliff, it would be my pleasure to provide one. Metaphorically.
* “On her roof?” asked her editor. “No, definitely in her roof,” she answered. “Jesus fucking Christ,” he replied.
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