By Shannon Crossman POETIC JUSTICE

Save Your Own Life—The Freedom Of Not Giving A F*ck

By Shannon Crossman

When all else fails,
practice the art of I Don’t Give A F*ck.

Pray it into your limbs with each contraction
that comes with being reborn.

Say it with me now:
I Don’t Give A F*ck there’s so much pressure
it feels like my bones will break.

I Don’t Give A F*ck that I have no idea what’s coming
or where I’m going
or what this might all look like when it’s done.

I Don’t Give A F*ck this isn’t pretty or perfect.
I Don’t Give A F*ck if I fall flat on my face and fail.

I Do NOT Give A F*ck.
Drink up the power of that.
Feed it spoon by honeyed spoonful
to your Anxiety until her belly
grows ripe and round with it. 

I Don’t Give A F*ck
what I’m supposed to do.
I Don’t Give A F*ck.
Tattoo it on the inside of your arm
in case the world tempts you to forget,
because it will.

I Don’t Give A F*ck that my ass is too big.
I Don’t Give A F*ck about this — have a job, pay the bills, subsistence living.
I Don’t Give A F*ck for the things I ought to have/want/be/do.

Wear a string of mantra beads.
Chant I Don’t Give A F*ck 108 times a day.
I guarantee you it will change your reality.

I Don’t Give A F*ck about anyone’s approval.
I Don’t Give A F*ck if you like me.
I Don’t Give A F*ck what’s expected of me
or what I expect of myself sometimes.
I Don’t Give A F*ck if I’m doing it right or wrong
or anything in between.

Every whispered, screamed, chanted, prayed
recitation of this phrase
builds resonance in your bones,
channels through your blood,
opens the storm shutters on your heart,
and lets a little of your worthy back in.

I Don’t Give A F*ck just might save your life.
It saves mine on the regular.
Say it again, loud as you dare,
I Don’t Give A F*ck.

For more self-study, The Urban Howl recommends F**k It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way.



Shannon Crossman

Shannon Crossman learned the hard way that untapped creative energy casts a helluva shadow, so she crafts her sanity with her hands daily. Nothing excites (or frustrates) her more than a blank page, fresh ball of yarn, or pile of foodstuffs - all waiting to be transformed into bits of deliciousness. Words are, and have always been, her way back home. She is a writer, artist, technical wizard, public speaker, witch, priestess, gluten free baker, time-bender, and COO who happens to possess a degree in Transpersonal & Somatic Psychology. She's a mama and grandma to a gaggle of wild girls who make her heart happy. When she's out in the business world she's figuring out how to make things faster, more efficient, and automating the hell out of sh*t. Shannon still believes in magic, craves the ocean like a land-locked mermaid, and dreams of a life without shoes.

  1. Tanya Markul

    Oh, Shannon. I’m totally in love with you right now. 🙂 Thank you for this potent medicine, sister! BAM! POWER! XOXO

    • Shannon Crossman

      Ah Tanya. Yes – BAM! IDGAF is my super power 🙂 Thank you for having me here, beauty.

  2. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!! Exactly what is needed – often 🙂

  3. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it/you. congratulations! Amazing work from an amazing woman! Jeanette

  4. OMG I love this!! New fan subscribed and absolutely am enjoying your prose!! Really relevant content, and food for the soul. Time to share this one…. as said to many its time we all unf*ck ourselves wake up & Dream!!

  5. I’m loving your fire! You know that. Congratulations on an amazing piece of writing! Many more to come…I don’t give a f*ck if you don’t believe me 🙂

    • Shannon Crossman

      Ah Courtney, thank you for smithing the words to perfection. You are an excellent editor 🙂 And yes, so many more to come. The words are pouring out in rivers over here. Huge hugs!

  6. Shannon I have seen your beauty and talent for years now. I am so filled with joy that you are sharing it with the world!! Your words trench down into the Soul, thank you for your courage, love and sovereignty – it is contagious. I love you!

    Victoria Buckmann

  7. At last, sooemne who knows where to find the beef

  8. I had no idea how to approach this before-now I’m locked and loaded.

  9. Lauren, you’ve captured perfectly, the almost clammy anticipation and hand wringing indecision I associate with slowcooking “Peering through the condensation” sums it up superbly. A beautifully written post that I enjoyed reading very much

  10. Dude this was powerful AF

  11. Shannon Crossman

    Hi Ilda, Thank you!

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