Life’s a Beach

Currently reading: Life’s a Beach

Author: George Mahood

Genre: Humour/Memoirs

This is the second in a collection of memoirs following George Mahood as he celebrates every one of those silly holidays throughout the year. (The first book is Every Day Is a Holiday. It contains the journey celebrating holidays from January 1 through June 30. The narrative is humorous, engaging, and thoroughly enjoyable. It was my first memoir and I found it a wonderful introduction to the genre.)

The holiday challenge seems to have taken a backseat in this instalment of the series. Yet, it is still an entertaining and funny memoir. After the first book, the family has become like that of your favourite family sitcom (as a fan of Bob’s Burgers the family and the humour was like an extension of my favourite TV programme) so you are not too invested in the challenge anyway.

I am a doctoral candidate with a sub-par internship at a Tier 1 supplier for the automotive industry, so my days had begun to be lost in looking toward the future, for that day when I am no longer waiting to graduate, but actually contributing to society as a professional in the automotive industry. These books have inspired me to really celebrate every day and make every day memorable. I am still working on making this change in my life – I read these books in two or three days at work, so obviously I haven’t completely achieved this end goal – but the effects of this small tweak is clear already.

One such effect is that I am seeking little adventures or making the mundane an adventure. Not that my lectures have suddenly become inspiring or that I am trying a new way to work just to add a little drama at seven o’clock in the early morning. More, I am playing new games with my cats and dogs, rather than settling down to pass time with the telly. Or, I am suggesting walks or new topics to research with my significant other. This way, when my head hits the pillow at night, my day feels filled.

These adventures have resulted in a more positive outlook. I don’t feel like a rat in the machine. Yes, I still have to work a job with no chance of a raise or career after graduation. Yes, I still pay bills. Yes, I still go to class, do work, and get tested on what I have learned. Yes, the cycle is still there. However, that is just a portion of my life. With these little micro-adventures and daily celebrations of small things, I don’t feel like I have sold my soul to keep the machine going. I no longer feel lost in the wheel as it turns.

It amazed me that these very easy, quick reads, laced humour and many (ultimately pointless) antecedents, would influence my life so much. I would recommend anyone feeling stuck or like another cog in the machine to read these. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

-A Bookish Girl


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