Mayim Bialik is best known as Amy Farrah Fowler on sitcom The Big Bang Theory, as well as most of us growing up with her as teenager Blossom in the 90s hit show. As well as her acting chops, Mayim is also a neuroscientist and the founder of online community GrokNation and has just released her third book - Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular (Philomel Books, £13.99).
In the book, Mayim addresses what it means to grow from a girl to a woman biologically, psychologically, and sociologically. She talks about everything from first kisses, rocky friendships, body image issues, periods and finding your passion in life.
Here's an excerpt from Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular (Philomel Books, £13.99):
As I wrote, the reality of Girling Up came to me gradually. With every chapter, it became clearer and clearer. There is no way to talk about being a girl and becoming a woman—there is no way to tackle Girling Up—without including every aspect of us. Because we are not just a book on a shelf about a topic that has to be pieced together with a half dozen other books about other topics that are also us. We aren’t just what we should be eating or who we are dating or what we are wearing or why we like science or don’t. We are all of it.
We are our DNA, and we are the hormones that course through us. We are the vitamins and minerals we eat, and we are the fears and concerns we have about what we eat. We are the insecurities we have about not looking right and the things we do to try to feel right. We are the books we read and the ones we don’t want to read, too. We are the love we feel when we hug our best friend, and we are the tears we cry when someone we love won’t love us back. We are grief and sadness, and we are the things we do to try and make sense of a difficult world. We are the actions we take to change the things we see that are unjust, and we are as many possibilities as there are stars in the sky.
We are bodies that work, brains that learn, hearts that love, souls that struggle and women who matter. We are strong, smart and spectacular. We don’t have to be superheroes to be all of the things we want to be. We just have to be us.
We are Girling Up in a world that may not always understand us, but the better we understand ourselves and the better we engage in the world as everything that we are made of and everything we make of ourselves and everything that we dream we can be, the better the chances are that we can make the impact we are destined to make.
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