Wisdom from a Humble Jellyfish: and Other Self-Care Rituals from Nature by Rani Shah is a quick read (or listen, in my case), but it provides so many helpful tips and affirmations for everyday life. The book parallels the adaptation patterns of various species in nature to tactics that the reader can use for self-care. It focuses on several different themes with which to help its reader, including the ability to be resilient, focus on achieving goals, being positive and more importantly relaxing and unplugging. While the book wasn’t life-changing by any means, it provided great reminders of ways to feel centered.
Although it seems like the world has been taking an extended nap over the last year, life can remain a little hectic (between moving last year and taking care of twins, this can be an understatement for me). It’s obvious that self-care and self-improvement take a large amount of effort to execute, which make it easy to forget to take care of oneself when there are a million and one things going on. The simplest thing like a routine can be thrown out the window or the goal of wanting to pursue career and/or personal goals can go out the window, especially (in my case) trying to keep little human(s) alive.
This book didn’t give me any tips that I didn’t already know but may have forgotten about amid the hustle and bustle of daily life. I’ve talked before about how my mind tends to race every minute of the day, including what I need to get done personally, for the blog or for others. Organization and planning are one of my strong suits and I’ve resorted to making weekly to-do lists to keep it all straight. While the book suggests putting the steps to achieve a goal on a to-do list, there is no right way to achieve the tasks needed to be completed (which is something the book also mentions).
There are several species to which the book points to relate resilience. We are all a work in progress and not perfect by any means (don’t tell me you are because you’re lying). There are days we might feel motivated to take on the world and others where the goals we have set out for ourselves seem farfetched and too far away. I’m no exception to this rule. The axolotl, one of the species detailed in the book and an animal I wasn’t even aware of until reading this book, can regenerate its limbs. I will keep this cute animal’s adaptation patterns in the back of my mind when I’m having a bad day; there’s reasons why you want to achieve this, you can do anything, and tomorrow’s another day. Regenerate that motivation, keep on moving, and make sure to forgive yourself for the misstep. We all make mistakes.
Again, this was not a life-changing book, but I think it’s a good coffee table book or one to keep on your nightstand (or table next to your bed; you know, whatever you may be using as storage next to your bed). It’s good to have when you are feeling down and need that pick-me-up while also being educational. Call me a nerd (it’s a term of endearment), but I love learning new things; you never know when you will need it.