Last week, I read My Year With Eleanor by Noelle Hancock. Have you ever read a book that was absolutely perfect and you read it at exactly the perfect moment in your life? I hope you have- it’s an extraordinary experience. And it was the exact experience I had with My Year With Eleanor, it was the perfect book at the perfect time.
This book is about facing your fears and was alternately hilarious and endearing. Noelle Hancock, decided to start living her life as Eleanor Roosevelt instructed her to, by “Doing something every day that scares you.” Noelle did just that for an entire year. She faced many long-standing fears, fears she didn’t even know she had, and had some outstanding experiences along the way. She went skydiving, ran naked down a hallway, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, sang karaoke, and a million other wonderfully brave things. All the while, she read and learned about Eleanor Roosevelt and her life, both the glorious and the miserable. (As a side note, has any American President ever been completely faithful to his wife??)
I loved every single second of reading this book. This book is full of moments of brilliant hilarity that were almost always followed by moments of brilliant clarity. It made me think a lot about my fears and ways I could face them- I don’t say “ways I could overcome them” because I don’t think the point is to stop feeling fear, it’s to acknowledge fear and then say “Screw you fear!” and go for it anyway. This book was incredibly inspiring. I understood everyone of Hancock’s fears, and I understood the routine she had let her life get into before she took Eleanor’s challenge. This book made me want to face my fears, maybe not for an entire year, but definitely attempt to take some of them on. I guess that means I will probably rent and watch Jurassic Park, which might not seem as scary as skydiving to you, but I’ve been skydiving and it wasn’t nearly as terrifying to me as those dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. Hell, I might even see Cowboys and Aliens…..or you know, I might have to work up to that one.
In a lot of ways, this book was the perfect book at the perfect moment for me, read it people. Read it and maybe take Eleanor’s challenge to heart, I know I will. You guys reading anything good?