Series: “Accepting Our Appearance”
Book Review: Wasted
IF YOU COULD CREATE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE’S STORY, WHAT KIND OF BOOK WOULD IT BE? DO YOU THINK YOUR BOOK COULD HELP PEOPLE?
Self‑development begins with the desire to better ourselves. We must monitor our behavior, check out thoughts, forgive ourselves, and seek enlightenment.
The quest for self acceptance is life long: the journey can be bitter and full of decay or a practice of patience and compassion.
The memoir Wasted is written by Marya Hornbacher. The book documents a period from adolescence into early adulthood. Marya details her affliction with hunger, drugs, sex, and body‑image. She describes multiple bouts of intensive therapy, along with her being hospitalized and institutionalized.
The story is disturbingly truthful and raw; it permits an inside look of being plagued by dysfunctional thinking. Marya’s self‑destructive lifestyle pushes her to neglect the world, for the sake of her appearance; her familial, social, and occupational ties are severely affected, causing her to lose touch with reality. Through artistically crafted prose, Wasted exemplifies the complexity of deprivation, discipline, and conditioning. The story recognizes how limitations and failure create an insatiable dissatisfaction of the self. Similarly, the book touches on the hazards of perfectionism, the perils of an overly‑competitive mindset, and the plight of manipulation.
We must be courageous enough to tell our own story…our lives can help others, just as others can help our lives.