I felt uneasy sharing comic number 2 for 30 Days of Comics online. My first comic had gone well, and I felt a pressure to do something similar. An unnecessary pressure that I placed on myself.
Again, I didn't plan this comic before I started it. But this time I decided to draw the boxes as I went along. Or not draw boxes at all.
I drew someone looking at a photo on a social media website. It became a photo of a couple and their newborn baby. Something I've seen a lot of in recent years. It's that decade, I guess. Thirtysomething.
Like. Congratulations. Kiss kiss. My comment and like are swallowed up in a wave of well-wishers. I feel happy for the couple and their baby and their families, but not for me; I feel distant and different because my life doesn't look like theirs. Not that it should. But this is what the-website-that-begins-with-F does to me. Does it do it to you?
The answer, for me, is to get real. Look at my own life. Be grateful. Do things that I like doing. Meet up with friends. Happiness soon follows. The man in the comic doesn't look happy as he drags a bottle of wine off a supermarket shelf. But it's not for him. It's a gift for her. For them. A congratulations spoken. And a smile.
Tomorrow... comic number 3!
Richard Pettitt, cartoonist.