Review: I Dare Me: How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Every Day by Lu Ann Cahn

i dare meReviewed by Karin

I’m not through reading this book, but wanted to share how much I was enjoying it. It is like having a romance with oneself.

Cahn was 53 years old with a stable marriage, a daughter, and had survived 3 bouts with cancer. But she was not happy, basically depressed, angry, frustrated, with nothing to look forward to. And she has an impressive resume: veteran journalist and eight-time Emmy award winner

Her 23 year old daughter challenged her to do one thing each day that was a first for her — it didn’t have to be big — and to blog about it (with videos). She had never blogged. ( She didn’t even know what it was. The book came out of her experiences.

She started the year with a Polar Bear swim — which was more difficult for her because she had been afraid of the ocean since she was 8. She spent a day without mirrors and a few hours in a wheelchair.

Along the way, she found herself invigorated, engaged with life again, and looking forward to her days. She said it was OK to count as a first if you hadn’t done it in 10 years — and it didn’t have to be (and shouldn’t be) anything dangerous or risky.

I have a feeling I tend to live like this anyway, because I’m not afraid to do things on my own (such as take myself to the movies, BTDT, and it is nice to share a smile with the person next to you, even if you miss a scene since movies go so fast now…) And one thing I did solidified my fear of heights rather than eliminating it (overhead at the zoo, more difficult than it sounds — but hey, I tried!)

I give the book 5 * out of 5. A good read, with humor and self-depreciation, as well as exhilaration and joy. Read it if you need a jumpstart on your life. You might be inspired.

Rating: ★★★★★

Buy: I Dare Me: How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something NewEvery Day

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