My sister is 14 years old.
I’ve never met her (or my other brother, who is somewhere between 8 and 11), our relationship exists entirely through texting, facebook, and the very occasional phone conversation, for complicated reasons.
Last night, she called me. It was her first day of high school, and although she enjoyed it she was having a hard time dealing with life in general. Like me, she’s fairly self aware, and knew that it was most likely angst brought on by being 14. But even so, at night, things kind of suck.
I showed her this comic, and it spoke to her. She empathized and understood that what she’s experiencing is a thing and that it manifests in a million ways. It made her feel better to know that she isn’t alone, in a way that me telling her that yeah, that happens pretty much no matter what couldn’t do.
So, thanks, comics, for being awesome. And Kevin, for making awesome comics.
I’m trying to figure out how to process this without crying. I remember a lot of nights in highschool where I felt really alone. the truth is I still feel that way all the time. Life gets so much better when your world opens up after school. For me it’s about not trying to push away the people who really care about me and want to be a part of my life. That’s the advice I can give to anyone going through any kind of loneliness- it’s okay and even healthy to stew in it sometimes but don’t forget that people who love you are a phone call away
Oh my gosh, I thought the mom in Boyhood looked familiar!
- Lady on the bus next to me: Tell me again- what are you not going to do in daycare today?
- Little boy: I will not hit the teacher with a light saber.
- Lady: And why are you not going to hit her with a light saber?
- Boy: It is my toy, and my choice, but if I hit her with the light saber, I'm acting like a Sith.
- Lady: Do you want to be a Sith?
- Boy: No! I am Obi-Wan!
Games with English: insert the word “only” anywhere into the above sentence and consider how the placement changes meaning.
"So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality"