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How Do I Get To Be Me? is the second book of the Choosing New Ways Forward Series by Elizabeth Jo. Building on the ideas discussed in the first installment, Shifting Our Relationship With Trauma, this book offers a conversation on moving beyond trauma. As we are always in a relationship with everything we interact with, these evolving relationships merge in unforeseen ways outside the boundaries of our conscious observations, resulting in unexpected outcomes. Jo encourages readers to have conversations with themselves and try to untangle their experiences into their simplest forms. Try to resonate with your innermost feelings and needs. Base your decisions on what you know to be genuine and important to yourself while respecting the wishes of your loved ones. Every one of us has a unique voice, so make it heard.
Change your relationship with trauma by moving forward and finding new experiences in your relationship with yourself. In How Do I Get To Be Me?, Elizabeth Jo poses an important question, "Why are people so unhappy about being human?" Through her book, the author provides some deep and meaningful insights into the human condition to help readers find themselves in sync with their inner selves, move on from traumatic experiences, and make decisions that lead them to the path of living fulfilling lives. Using personal anecdotes and stories, Jo showcases the context behind some of her concepts and ideas that lend greater credence to the narrative. I found this to be an informative and illuminating book. Highly recommended.