Okay fine whatever: the year I went from being afraid of everything to only being afraid of most things
The story of one chronically anxious woman's hilarious year-long quest to change her own timid nature by seeking out the kinds of experiences she's spent her life avoiding.
During the nine years Courtenay Hameister hosted NPR's Live Wire, she lived in a state of near-constant dread and anxiety, and she didn't just fret about and fear her next radio show; she fretted about and feared everything .
Until about a year ago, when she decided to take arms against a sea of anxieties and by opposing... maybe not end them, but at least become a little more adventurous, spontaneous, and comfortable in her own skin. OKAY FINE WHATEVER tells the story of Courtenay's year-long fight against her own nature, which took the form of pushing herself to try new things, things that scared her or made her uncomfortable, things that the average person might consider doing for a half-a-second before deciding: "nope."
Things like: attending a fellatio class. She did that. She also spent an afternoon in a flotation tank, visited a sex club, went on 28 first dates, and got hypnotized. She had a session with a professional cuddler. She got high (legally) in the middle of a workday. And she came away with a lot of amusing and occasionally poignant stories about her adventures on the front lines of Mere Human Woman v. Fear.
Refreshing, relatable, and very funny, OKAY FINE WHATEVER reminds us that "the tiniest amount of bravery is still bravery," and that it's possible to fight complacency and grow bolder a little at a time.
Anxiety -- Humor
Anxiety disorders -- Alternative treatment -- Case studies -- Humor
Anxiety disorders -- Case studies -- Humor
Anxiety disorders -- Patients -- United States -- Biography -- Humor
Fear -- Humor
Phobias -- Case studies -- Humor
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|Grouping Title||okay fine whatever the year i went from being afraid of everything to only being afraid of most thin|
|Grouping Author||hameister courtenay|
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|display_description||The veteran host and head writer of "Live Wire" traces her lifelong battle with anxiety and the year she spent challenging herself to face her fears in remarkable ways, with hilarious results. "The story of one chronically anxious woman's hilarious yearlong quest to change her own timid nature by seeking out the kinds of experiences she's spent her life avoiding. For most of her life (and even during her years as the host of a popular radio show), Courtenay Hameister lived in a state of near-constant dread and anxiety. She fretted about everything. Her age. Her size. Her romantic prospects. What she should say to the guy chatting with her at this party and whether or not people noticed her sweating and how likely it was that she would get hit by a bus on the way home. Until a couple years ago, when, in her mid-forties, she decided to fight back against her debilitating anxieties by spending a year doing little things that scared her--things that the average person might consider doing for a half second before deciding: "nope." Things like attending a fellatio class. She did that. She also spent an afternoon in a sensory deprivation tank, got (legally) high in the middle of a workday, had a session with a professional cuddler, braved twenty-eight first dates, and (perhaps scariest of all) actually met someone who might possibly appreciate her for who she is. Refreshing, relatable, and pee-your-pants funny, Okay Fine Whatever is Hameister's hold-nothing-back account of her adventures on the front lines of Mere Human Woman vs. Fear, reminding us that even the tiniest amount of bravery is still bravery, and that no matter who you are, it's possible to fight complacency and become bold, or at least bold-ish, a little at a time."--Dust jacket.|
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|record_details||ils:a1538141|Book|Books|First edition.|English|Little, Brown and Company,|2018.|vii, 307 pages ; 22 cm|
|subject_facet||Anxiety -- Humor, Anxiety disorders -- Alternative treatment -- Case studies -- Humor, Anxiety disorders -- Case studies -- Humor, Anxiety disorders -- Patients -- United States -- Biography -- Humor, Biographies, Essays, Fear -- Humor, Hameister, Courtenay, Humor, Phobias -- Case studies -- Humor|
|title_display||Okay fine whatever : the year I went from being afraid of everything to only being afraid of most things|
|title_full||Okay fine whatever : the year I went from being afraid of everything to only being afraid of most things / Courtenay Hameister|
|title_short||Okay fine whatever :|
|title_sub||the year I went from being afraid of everything to only being afraid of most things|
|topic_facet||Alternative treatment, Anxiety, Anxiety disorders, Fear, Hameister, Courtenay, Patients, Phobias|