Original Title: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy
The book would be relatable if you have had a loss in the family. One can easily tell that Sheryl has poured her heart down in this book. I have been following her for a long time and reading about the sad part of her life gives a sense of hope, that personal adversities and reactions of people around us to those adversities are a universal act. It’s no joy to see some of the reviews about this book claiming that it is a bad business advice to cry in office, I am not sure why would anyone really read this book for a business advice. Sheryl has a successful career, she’s a person whom most people including me look up to as inspiration. I disagree when people claim that a public figure should not talk about their personal life and especially the sad ones.
The book initially builds up the plot about how Dave’s death was something Sheryl and her family has been trying to cope with and how this death has been affecting her work. She points out how being at the loss actually gave her a perspective of how other people have hesitations and fear of speaking something wrong that would not be very helpful.
Sheryl talks about a lot of topics relating to self-loss, self-compassion, and depression, each topic introduced, described and closed by personal stories of herself, friends, and relatives. I sometimes felt like I was just reading some examples while these topics were being talked about in a book and it all started feeling like a run-on list of anecdotes. Nonetheless, it was still heart wrenching to read as I could relate to some part of it. This book in start felt like a long sulk in life, the same sulk one feels after a tragedy or trauma. It layers out the trauma into sheets and unstitches them one by one.
I read a part of this book at the airport while I was returning from an onsite job interview, which I had failed after almost getting it. The job was not the most important thing in my life, however, the rejection in the final round stung enough for me to shed some tears. A friend called at the same night and comforted me about the situation. I kept thinking about the incident during my return journey. It is the same thing that Sheryl points out in the book that how It becomes easier to handle a part of sadness when a close one acknowledges the elephant of sadness in the room.