Hi, I am Georgia. I am reading the book “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle, a memoir about finding your inner self and not conforming to societal standards. Doyle has insightful claims she supports with stories and examples from her own life. She empowers others to live their best life and best self while respecting others opinions and identities, no matter what they are. I highly recommend the book to anyone and everyone looking to change how society is run and no longer be defined by the box they are put in. The messages she spreads are extremely important, especially in today’s polarized society.
The book is comprised of short stories about Doyle’s high school experience, love life, children, struggle with addiction, her experience on topics politically, and more to teach about how all people are conformed in society, no matter their class, race, gender or sexuality. She shows her perspectives through metaphors within her stories, making each topic relatable to the reader.
For example, in the prologue, Doyle illustrates where the title “Untamed” is rooted. She was at a show at the zoo where a cheetah was performing for an audience. Doyle spoke about how she related to the cheetah in a way. She is tamed to conform to the society she is placed in, like many people, especially women in society are. Even more, women are unaware that they have the ability to untame themselves. They were born into captivity. Doyle thinks Tabitha, the cheetah, would say “‘I should be grateful. I have a good enough life here. It’s crazy to long for what doesn’t even exist.’ I’d say: Tabitha. You are not crazy. You are a goddamn cheetah.”
In society, everyone is placed in a box and tamed to conform to the status quo. Doyle teaches all people how to untame themselves.