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On Second thought... Maybe I Can! by Debbie Weiss brings readers up close and personal into the author's life as an overweight child who lacked confidence and was often afraid. She grew up bowing to everyone else, doing what they wanted. She was so busy caring for others that she never had time for her goals and dreams. She couldn't get in touch with her wants and needs. She eventually realized that she had to do something to improve her life and how she thought about herself. Her reasons for continuing as an unhappy person weren't working anymore. It took turning fifty to break through the wall of resistance she had built over time, thanks to her chaotic childhood. Once she claimed power and freedom, it was game over for her old life. Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, she could do something all along.
Weiss's writing is personal and inviting, drawing you into some scenarios that most of us can relate to, or at least know about, from the stories of others who have gone through them. Even through an unhappy childhood and relentless teasing at school, a battle with weight and self-image, and navigating life's ups and downs, including relationships and work, her lessons can help us to realize we still have time to live the life we want and need. As a former social worker, I appreciate her points on how she went from being a victim to an overcomer. On Second Thought...Maybe I Can! by Debbie Weiss will resonate with readers and help them feel they aren't the only ones going through issues like widowhood and caregiving. Even though the book covers some heavy life topics, it isn't a downer. It's uplifting and inspirational. It's the book you need to propel yourself to the next level. Your search stops here if you're looking for a self-help book that can motivate you.