The Extraordinary UnOrdinary You: Follow Your Own Path, Discover Your Own Journey by Simone Knego is a book that inspires you to believe in yourself. It essentially talks about how we can bring about a change in our everyday life, through simple actions. It aims to bust the myth that an ordinary person cannot change things. Instead, it advocates the fact that each of us is un-ordinary and extraordinary to cast an impact.

The Extraordinary UnOrdinary You comprises the author’s personal experiences to emphasize her key points. She meticulously picked instances from her life to make us realize that one always has the power to change things. Our personal journey would be unique to each other and so, we would always have something in us to give back to the world. The author adopted three children and the story behind each of them stood out for me.

This self-help book talks about the virtue of patience and teaches us that we do handle things better, in a calm state of mind. ‘When you feel that you are in a circumstance where you have no control, it’s important to remind yourself that you do have control.’ It further explains how each one of us is a treasure trove of stories. Once we’d sit down to listen to each other patiently, we’ll get to know the unique journeys. ‘Your journey may seem ordinary to you, but to someone else, the small steps you take each day can be inspiring, motivational, and life-changing for them.’

Additionally, the book has insights to offer on the power of our choices, our multidimensional perceptions, the need to put on a new pair of glasses, embracing our experiences, making the most of our everyday lives, and realizing that we all are humans, after all. We can make mistakes; we can learn from them. Deal with your bad experiences and don’t stuff them down, for they’d haunt you forever.

Lastly, respect each others’ diversity and remember, kindness doesn’t cost you anything. And, ‘You don’t have to change the world, just your corner of it.’ In a nutshell, this was a great start for my 2021 reading. If you’re into self-help and would want to read something easy and real, pick this one!