Here at BritMums we love Ruby. She was a keynote at BritMums Live in 2012. Ruby is a comedian, writer and mental health campaigner who arrived in Britain from the United States in 1977, she began acting at the Royal Shakespeare company and went on to write and perform in popular television shows for the BBC and Channel 4, she was also script editor for Absolutely Fabulous.
In recent years Ruby returned to study and gained a Masters Degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University, she has spoken at TEDGlobal and has become a respected campaigner for mental illness in the UK.
Ruby’s tour will help us understand why we sabotage our own sanity and she provides a manual on how to survive the 21st century. She says,
“We are not equipped for this century, it’s too hard, too fast, and too full of fear; we just don’t have the bandwidth. Our brains can’t take so much information in a world where we’re bombarded by bad news and force-fed information. I can just about take in the weather then I’m exhausted. You open a newspaper, everyone’s dead. We’re only supposed to know what our neighbour is up to; if the woman next door to you is having sex with the man next door to her we need to know; but four doors down and it’s none of our business.”
Ruby talks about our brain and even more on how to tame it – “We know so much about how the world works – but so little about our how our own minds work. It’s like having a Ferrari on top of your head but no one gave you the keys.”