Respect! With one beautiful cartoon filled with wisdom, online comic strip artist, Gavin Aung might shift the level of respect you have for your own personal journey. Especially if you have people in your life who constantly voice their disapproval over your choices.
Your Personal Journey
In four days, this cartoon (see below) on ZenPencils.com garnered over 157,000 Facebook shares. Gavin’s artwork and commentary connected with people wondering how to make life work in the places where the choices no longer make sense.
Humanity is searching for an answer. Reading Gavin’s post helped me to recognize that I am not alone in my thoughts or on my personal journey.
It’s embarrassing to step off a previously established career path. But for some people, stepping off became an imperative. Gavin’s cartoon and comments allowed me to acknowledge and respect my choice to take the road less traveled.
I hope you love this cartoon wisdom as much as I do.
Introducing Australian online comic strip artist, Gavin Aung.
“My style is already influenced by [Bill] Watterson, but this is the first time I’ve intentionally tried to mimic his work. It’s been fun poring through Calvin and Hobbes strips the past week while working on this comic and it was a humbling reminder that I still have a long way to go.
The quotes I’ve used in the write-up above are taken from the introduction to The Complete Calvin and Hobbes collection, which sits proudly on my desk.”
To read the full post, “128. BILL WATTERSON: A cartoonist’s advice“, with Gavin Aung’s thoughtful commentary on his cartoon creation (plus his other equally fabulous cartoons) and on following his personal journey, you’ll need to visit Zen Pencils.
My Personal Journey
My life as a blogger is a direct reflection of the message in Gavin’s cartoon. Most people in my off-line world give me a blank stare when I say that I enjoy blogging. I describe it as a hobby. They reflect back, “time-waster”. They don’t understand or acknowledge my passion for writing because no one pays me to work on my blog.
The withholding of approval feels to me like an immediate take-down. In my mind, I’m now flat on my back on the ground — as if a wrestler just tackled me — spewing words that no one hears.
If I choose to continue to try to convince the other person about why blogging is fun, I (hopefully) soon realize that I’m wasting my time. They don’t have room for things that I do that are just for fun. Typically, they have no respect for my effort (must be something else you can do to make money). True. And I agree money is important. But so is nourishing my soul.
“Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement,” Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes