I became a fan of This is Us almost as soon as the show aired. Perhaps coming from a family of three children with a strong mother and a father who passed away when I was 14 made it an undeniably relatable experience. Often, my own mother would call me after an episode to apologize because it made her realize how isolating our relationship had been. A few times I asked her in return if someone was listening in on our life all along. It seemed like a therapy session every time a show aired and my own life was being portrayed by Kate who I would later learn was the beautiful and glorious Chrissy Metz.
When I found out that Chrissy Metz was becoming an author the woman jumped out of her role as Kate and instantly became someone I felt I would one day become best friends with as there was far to much in common for us not to be. I bought the book the day it became available and that is exactly how I felt every moment of reading This is Me, that I was sitting with my best friend having an honest conversation. That conversation was about childhood abuse and trauma, not understanding your place in a family or where you belong and putting on weight to suppress and to survive. There are also the parts where you begin to learn and trust that your intuition guides you and you just keep following your journey until something, somewhere clicks and you better damn well be prepared for your dream when it comes knocking on your door. It is a memoir meets life advice book that I honestly think everyone should read.
Chrissy writes her book in a way that makes everyone seem human again and gives self-confidence a fresh new look. It genuinely makes you feel less alone on a path that sometimes feels very lonely. I for one had no idea what I was doing when I was 18 years old and left to go chase something I can only now call my dream life. And to whatever is coming next for me I know I’m pushing forward towards it and preparing for it to arrive. Hearing parallel thoughts from someone as notable as Chrissy was a discovery process that perhaps I’m not crazy to have feelings or struggles in this way and most of all that I am allowed to celebrate myself and to go through life in a way that I don’t have to apologize for it. Like she writes, ”
…I am at my best when I stay authentic to who I am.”
-Chrissy Metz, This is Me
This is Me has been a pleasure to read and it comes complete with fashion stories, Hollywood stories, and all the bells and whistles that make Chrissy’s personality come to life through words. It is a beautiful memoir and a page turning story that brings us all to a new place of embracing who we are as we are right now. I couldn’t image a better book to launch the books sections of SELFKIND with as it certainly promotes learning about oneself, making a way for oneself and truly cherishing and falling in love with the process. Many thanks to Chrissy for taking the time to share her story and for creating something that can make people feel less alone and more human again.