I've never been much for celebrity worship (the four years that my bedroom was wallpapered with Backstreet Boys posters from Teen Beat notwithstanding). If I look up to someone famous, it's because they're brilliant, talented, and have something wise and important to say (Lucille Ball, JK Rowling and Annie Baker come to mind). I don't need to be told "celebrities are just like us!" (No shit, Sherlock. Unless we've developed the Celebutron 3000 robot, famous people are still flesh and blood and bone and need to eat, care for their children and drink Starbucks like the rest of us.)
Therefore, when I sat down to read Yes Please, the new book by Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler, I was expecting it to be funny and interesting, but didn't think I would relate to it on a personal level. While I enjoy Poehler (no one does Hillary Clinton better), I have to admit, I've always been firmly Team Tina. It probably has something to do with the fact that I can identify much more easily with a cynical bespectacled brunette than a perky blue-eyed blonde.
So imagine how surprised I was that I was barely through the introduction before I was convinced that Amy Poehler really is like us. Not in that Us Weekly "I take out my own trash" kind of way, but in that "She knows what's going on in my mind and heart and soul" kind of way. The "She's been where I've been, and still made it to the top" kind of way. The "Get out of my head!" kind of way. The kind of way that makes you think, "Wow, if Amy Poehler is worried about that too, then I'm not doing too bad."
Her anxious mind keeps her up at night
She couldn't wait to get out of her small, boring hometown...
Burlington was sleepy, and to a restless young girl like me it often felt like a ghost town. I yearned for adventure and spent a lot of my youth in my own head, creating elaborate fantasies that felt grown-up and life threatening.
For many young girls (and guys) in small towns across America, daydreaming about the wider world beyond your city's limits is a time-honored tradition. Amy Poehler may be living the glamorous life now, but she still knows what's up, working summers at a local ice cream shop and eagerly waiting to get on with life.
And wrote angsty poetry to cope
When life attacks you from everyside/It hurts - /too much/And the most/Painless/Easiest way out is - /Death/To survive.
While that might inspire your own masterpiece eye roll today, deep inside all of us is the teenage girl who thought her life was the WORST EVER and knows exactly what Poehler is talking about.
She understands that doing things topless makes everything better
She's sick of apologizing for everything
She knows technology is trying to kill us
And that nothing beats a good dance party
When in doubt, ladies know to dance it out.
Images: Getty Images, Giphy (6), KnowYourMeme