I started reading this book during my recent move from Joburg to Cape Town. I had just had a grand idea in my head that I could live a beautiful life by the sea and take up jogging on a promenade, while children play in the park and laughter surrounds me. I took a quick trip down to Cape Town to suss out the scene and decided on the first day in that I would do what it takes to move my life there.
I then had a very brief flash of some kind of buyer’s remorse and bought an armful of self-help books at the airport, as one does. The first one that grabbed me was F**k It – The Ultimate Spiritual Way, by John C. Parkin.
It’s exactly what it says. It’s a guide to saying “F**k It” in your life. To not worrying about what the masses think of you, to removing attachments and letting go. It’s about freedom and relieving your life of those dark and ugly things that weigh you down.
I get it, I do. Sometimes you just have to say F**k It and leave that job that bores you, wear those ridiculous 90’s tracksuit pants, tell people you love them even if you’re scared, or in my case – pack it all up and move to the sea to jog on the promenade while children play and laughter surrounds me.
From a concept perspective, I loved it. It was exactly what I needed to be told. F**k It and follow your dreams. From a reader’s perspective, I didn’t finish it. I got what I needed and then bailed out when it started getting too hippy for me because, well, F**k It.