I listened to Amy Poehler’s Yes Please during a car ride in November and this book has stuck with me. I find my mind responding with a hearty “yes please!” (though usually just in my head). What I learned from Amy Poehler is that you never know what is going to happen in five minutes from now, let alone five years. Therefore, spontaneity should be embraced. That said, it is still good to have plans.
I really enjoyed the audiobook version because I got to hear Poehler telling me all these things she worked so hard to share. It also reminded me that the author of this book wasn’t some obscure being, but a real human person most people are familiar with. Hearing this real live person reading her own words made me feel like I could “grab the world by the lapels” (Maya Angelou).
We all know shit happens. Shit can happen really suddenly all at once, or gradually over a long period of time. Regardless of how shit falls upon us, we must push through. There is no just waiting for the shit storm to pass, we have to actively try to work our way out. What better way to do that than to stand up tall and say “YES PLEASE!”