That Sounds Fun | Annie F. Downs

Summary of: That Sounds Fun: The Joys of Being an Amateur, the Power of Falling in Love, and Why You Need a Hobby
By: Annie F. Downs


Get ready to dive into a world where finding joy and embracing being an amateur is the key to a fulfilling life. ‘That Sounds Fun’ by Annie F. Downs will take you on a journey through the importance of hobbies, living in the present, and the power of simplicity. As the global pandemic has affected our lives profoundly, this book will remind you that delight can still be found in the most mundane and uncomplicated instances. By recalling her own experiences and sharing anecdotes, the author motivates readers to chase after joy, even if it’s found in the smallest moments.

Finding Joy in Simplicity

The author of the book, Julie Enstine, counters the notion that fun means “big” and encourages readers to have low-key fun instead. As the COVID-19 pandemic has made our lives smaller, we can still enjoy simple pleasures. The author reminisces on the pure joy of her childhood and argues that the true essence of fun is simplicity. When our minds are clear, and we have no worries or responsibilities, we can experience moments of pure bliss. Whether we’re getting lost in a book, joking with friends, or snapping beans on a porch, it’s in these moments that we can glimpse the Garden of Eden.

Embrace Your Inner Amateur

The term ‘amateur’ often connotes an unskilled person to mean someone laughably incapable of doing something effectively. However, it is time to look at ‘amateur’ from a different perspective. Being an amateur means doing something for pleasure, rather than for profit. The key message here is by embracing your inner amateur, you open the door to progress.

Harvesting Joy

Have you ever found yourself waiting for your life to begin? In Harvesting Joy, the author shares her personal experience of sacrificing her present happiness for an uncertain future. She believed that she needed to wait until she found the perfect partner to start living. However, a failed relationship and a transformative retreat pushed her to realize that the future isn’t guaranteed. She understood that the present is a gift, and it’s essential to make the most of it. From that moment, she began to enjoy her life, both big and small. She bought her first house, and instead of dreaming of a perfect future life, she started to feel genuinely at home. Harvesting Joy reminds us to cherish the present and to stop waiting for the perfect moment that may never arrive.

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