This is one of my favorite books! I love the character in it! She did not make herself out to be the victim. Jeanette was the 2nd to oldest child and her parents neglected the children. Most of the time the kids were on their own trying to find food to eat! The dad was a drunk and the mom was too selfish. My favorite part was when she made home made braces because her teeth were too bad.The parents would do things that made your jaw drop. One time they were moving across country and rented a u-haul. All three kids sat in the u-haul and they had to hold their 2 month old baby sister. It was pitch black for about 8 hrs for the kids..they didn't even get to stop for a potty break. But in the end the children moved to New York as soon as they were 18 and led successful lives while their parents ended up homeless. That was the life they chose to live.
Hobbies help you improve your mental health and well being because you're engaging the creative network in your brain, you are challenging you mind and keeping it sharp. Its also a stress reduction. When you concentrate on your hobby it is clearing your mind of other distractions. It makes you happy! It makes you interesting! If you are married its important to have other things, separate things that make you happy. Don't rely on your spouse to make you happy. You both need to find happiness in the things that you enjoy and since happiness is contagious it will rub off on your spouse. You also need to give your spouse space so they can enjoy things they love to do, its important to keep your identity in a marriage! You can still "find yourself" while being married. (I've been married over 20 years) You don't need to rely on people to make you happy! People will let you down, they have there own obligations they have to tend to so if you a