In my book, if there is a pet peeve to end all pet peeves, it is this: unsolicited advice. Hello. Did I ask you what I need to do about my hair color? No. Stop talking.
It’s not that people mean to be rude or annoying, it’s just their way of communicating. For some women, it’s the only way they know how to relate to each other. It’s their first tier mode of small-talk. Telling people what to do. And it’s not a bossy thing; it’s an asshole thing. And it’s a problem. This is slightly hypocritical since I run a blog largely based on offering information you didn’t ask for, but I trust that yal know how to close a browser tab if you don’t like what I’m dishing out. You don’t get to close the browser tab on Aunt Merna when she corners you at the Thanksgiving table and tells you that you’d catch a husband if you ate less potatoes.
Gobble-gobble, Aunt Merna!
Anyway. Now that I have that off my chest, let me tell you who can give me unsolicited advice any day of the week: Lena Dunham.
I was hesitant to jump on the Lena Dunham bandwagon because I’m too old to be a hipster or use a Diva cup, but you know what? The girl knows what she is talking about. She wrote this book, and I think everyone I know might be reading it right now. It’s that good. As part of the book launch, she released these little advice videos, that are both hilarious and pointed. Pointed in the right direction.
Here she talks about writing – why it’s important to share your perspective on trivial things as well as the heavy stuff.
Not gonna lie. It irritates me when people in their twenties have this much common sense. It makes everyone else look bad. What am I even talking about here? I don’t know. But it’s a good book. I’m not giving you unsolicited advice by suggesting you buy it, but if you were in the market for reading pleasure, and had sometime between Golden Girl’s reruns, it might be worth your time. Or not. Whatever. It’s a book. I like it. That’s me sharing what I like. You can share what you like. And we can ignore each other and still be friends.
Yay books! More videos over here.