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How to Break Out of the Box that People Try to Stick You In

If you are an adult who is not interested in getting married or having kids or owning a home in the suburbs or chasing the highest-paying job or pursuing any number of other goals that may be expected of you in your culture, you are up against some challenges. You will face resistance to forging your own path. Things aren’t set up to accommodate you or even acknowledge you or the important people in your life.

How do you break out of the box that other people try to stick you in? Mia Birdsong’s new book, How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, Community, speaks to people who want to connect with other people, and with themselves, in ways that are more imaginative and more fulfilling than the celebrated American Dream.

The book isn’t about single people, specifically. But it speaks to them and about them nearly every step of the way. And Birdsong’s sensibility about single people is exquisite.

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