It took me and Ed a while to see Pitch Perfect. In fact, it wasn’t until after the second was out that we watched it – it wasn’t until we’d seen the second one that we watched the original. But once we did, we loved it.
And once we did, we became huge fans of Anna Kendrick.
I often jokingly call her my spirit animal, and I admire a) her kookiness and b) her openness about being so kooky. Her tweets are basically thoughts Ed and I have all the time, but only she is brave enough to share them. She is someone we can’t help but love because she comes off as so real.
Not just human – but one of us. Those people who were always the odd ones out, liked the different and weirder stuff, had an odd sense of humour and and even odd-er line of thinking. One of those people who spent their life asking “am I normal” and yet came to decide that normal wasn’t fun, and wasn’t really them. Definitely relatable for people like me and Ed.
So of course I started off my reading challenge with her new book, Scrappy Little Nobody.
The first thing I’ll say about Scrappy Little Nobody is she makes me feel much more normal.
Perhaps that’s not the right way of saying it. I think she made me feel more comfortable in my skin because it’s always nice to hear of more people like you when you feel like you were the odd one out. I always feel after hearing about someone who was similar to me “where were you when I was that age so we could’ve been odd together?!”
Anyways. Anna has a wonderful way of telling a series of stories and sharing a series of thoughts in a semi-logical order that helps you follow her as she grows. Sometimes you’ll jump ahead or jump back – but the stories make sense as you go along with her train of thought.
And those stories will make you laugh. She has an amazing sense of humour. I always say for work I fill the role of that aunt who says too much (like if you were to take her prom dress shopping and asked her for an opinion she’d reply ‘oh, hon, that dress won’t get you laid’) – but she’s writes like that. Just one little line in her story where at a family gathering it may seem like it was TMI and yet it isn’t. It’s quirky, and funny… and so relatable.
We’re all human, we can’t escape the strange stuff that life throws at us. Might as well roll with it. Embrace it. Put it all out there.
The second, and biggest, thing I’ll say about the book is that through every part of it I felt inspired.
She refers to herself as an anxious little ball. So am I.
I am always so anxious. I even sometimes get worried that a path I choose would bring me to stardom because what the heck would I even do at that point? I am too weird and ‘uncool’ to be a celebrity. I am not saying I assume I would get to that point – I just get worried if I follow a dream like trying to be an author, hoping my books can help others, that I’d suddenly find myself in the public eye.
It’s so scary that even with the chance being microscopic I may hold back from following a dream. I mean, Murphy’s law, right? I don’t want to be famous… so I’d probably become so because the universe thinks it’s funny like that.
But back to Anna – she’s always so anxious and so off beat to what’s around her – but she’s feisty and keeps going. She is confident enough in her oddness to let it out (although she says sometimes she had to get comfortable enough to do so in a new environment – I get that, when you’re not the suave cool person being yourself can be scary… especially if it’s in front of millions including the people who sign your pay cheques).
Her anxiety keeps her real and keeps her grounded. She’s gone far, and yet she’s not going to stop.
And her quirky-ness seems to be fitting in perfectly with the growing popularity of geeks and nerds – not the cartoon stereotype or the faked attention-seekers, but the real people who actually exist and you never knew, because before they hid themselves thinking they were too odd.
It’s inspiring to read through her journey as someone who is ‘eclectic’ (the nice way of saying weird) and anxious about everything – because seeing someone else rock that mix makes you believe “hey, maybe I can get out there and make a difference too!” Seeing how it got her where she was, that everything wasn’t glorious but some things certainly were amazing, and that don’t worry you will still always stay the same really – it calms you down. Everyone is human, and that reality will keep you grounded one way or another.
And if I suddenly get to somewhere unexpected, I’ll just keep being me and stay real – because it’s the best way of doing things.
If you are quirky, feel like you most certainly don’t run with the crowd, are anxious about everything and wonder what it means for life… I 128% recommend reading her book.
It’ll make you happy, you’ll laugh, and you’ll walk away saying “I’m weird… but so what. Anna’s weirder and she’s happy and gone far… so I can do something awesome too.”