I wanted to start something called “What’s On Your Bookshelf?” Basically, it’s just me sharing a different book with you!
My first “What’s On Your Bookshelf?” post is going to be about Lindsey Stirling’s The Only Pirate at the Party, which I recently finished. If you don’t know who Lindsey Stirling is… You’re doing it wrong! Lindsey is an electronic violinist who earned her success through YouTube. She’s released three full-length albums along with a Christmas album that just came out in October. She was also on the most recent season of Dancing with the Stars!
Lindsey co-wrote her book with one of her sisters, Brooke S. Passey, who is mentioned throughout. Lindsey takes you back through her childhood, growing up, and the many hurdles she’s faced since as she figured out life and chasing her dreams.
What I loved most about this book was reading about the struggles that brought Lindsey to where she is today, as well as moments I related with (especially ones she shared from her childhood and growing up). It kind of felt like I was reading about a friend, or like I had a close friend right next to me. It also showed that Lindsey is human like anyone else. She has doubts, she faces the realities of life, and she works hard to make her dreams come true.
Another great element to The Only Pirate at the Party was the humor. You know how when you type ‘lol’ to someone, most of the time you’re not actually laughing? Heck, you’re probably not even smiling. Well, I genuinely laughed out loud while reading Lindsey’s book. Here’s why:
“I considered telling her about Naomi’s five dollars, but I was worried she might call the Tooth Fairy Office and complain, and what if my fairy got fired?”
“I saw the girls of Fifth Harmony backstage, so I introduced myself and congratulated them on their new single. They smiled and nodded politely. A few minutes later I passed the real Fifth Harmony in the halls and I realized I had been talking to Pitbull’s backup dancers about their “summer hit.””
“I was almost finished when the pick got stuck in between my teeth, and of course that was also the moment the elevator doors started to open. I frantically tried to loosen the pick, with no luck. When I looked up, Ashton Kutcher was exiting the elevator in front of me. He nodded with a closemouthed smile, and I just gaped back at him – partially because I was looking at Ashton Kutcher, and partially because a floss pick was preventing my mouth from fully closing.”
Along with some giggles, Lindsey gets into some of life’s valuable lessons, things she admits she has to relearn sometimes. She also admits that the last few years of her life have been one big learning experience, which just goes to show that we’re always learning and growing no matter how old we are or what we’ve already been through. Here are some of those lessons:
- The chapter “Sticks and Stones” is introduced with this quote: “You can spend your whole life feeling small by looking up at everyone above you, or you can look down and see how far you’ve come.”
- Loving yourself is an incredibly difficult thing to do. Oh, the struggle is so real with this one. It’s so easy for us to overlook self-love and self-care, especially when it’s something we’re very unfamiliar with. Lindsey offers a list of qualities and traits that she might feel self-conscious about or dislike and puts a positive spin on them by describing why she loves them.
- Don’t depend on other people’s opinions. I feel like this is something all of us face at one point or another. Lindsey shares the disappointment she felt after not winning a Grammy Award, but realizes that her self-worth shouldn’t have been relying so heavily on winning or losing. Inevitably, there will be people who don’t like you or say things that hurt your feelings, but it shouldn’t dictate your self-worth. Be the best you can be and be proud of that.
- No doesn’t have to mean no. If someone rejects you or tries to tell you that you’re not good enough, don’t listen to them. Keep being you and keep going.
- It really is okay to be different. I think this is something a lot of people struggle with or get negative reactions to. But Lindsey is a great example of how sticking to your true self will take you far.
If you’re a Lindsey fan and haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend it! If you aren’t, you should still read it.
Now I want to know about one of the books on your bookshelf! Or, what book are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments!