My site humoncomics.com/
And illustrated version of the song "Rejs dig op og kom videre" (Get up and move on) by Danser Med Drenge (Dancing with boys)
I like how they have songs for every level of problems. From the minor stuff like this one, missing family members you have lost contact with like "Kære lille søster" (Dear little sister), to the loss of loved ones like the song "Er der nogen i himlsen" (Is there anyone in Heaven), and songs for when the terrible things have happened and you come out on the other side like "En dejlig morgen" (A wonderful morning)
You can hear a live version of this song here www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6hlvW… (It's in Danish)
EDIT: Because this is turning into a thing: This has nothing to do with mental illness. It might not translate well to English, but it's very clear in the Danish version that it's just about a person with bad luck who doesn't understand why life won't give them a break (things like a car braking down, or losing your wallet) and get so caught up in how unfair their life is that they forget to see the bigger picture.
I mean, he had a point. But he was still a dick about it."
he's usually right but w/e
I know you didn't mean it to be about mental illness or depression but, it does relate to me in those terms too. Depression is a very selfish disease, and it's easy to see the world being against you, however, sometimes taking the harder route of getting up and carrying on does make you feel better, and you do wake up to a wonderful morning.
This is beautiful and it's put a well-needed smile on my face. Thank you.
You're depressed? Oh, wah wah wah, just smile and try harder to be happy! Do something for someone else, get out there and do something fun and you'll be "all better"! Except we're not.
Things like this? They make us feel WORSE. They make up GIVE UP FASTER because they make us feel like people don't understand and don't care.
This is not beautiful. This is a horrific nightmare of lousy therapists and assholes who you thought were your friends.
I get that this reads exactly like the sort of BS you get fed by people who don't have any idea what they're talking about, but for some reason still presume that they know best about what's good for you. And yeah, it's horrible and frustrating and belittling when someone tells you to just cheer up without understanding anything about depression, and there are far too many people like that in the world. Some who just don't know any better and some who really should but refuse to listen to anyone or accept anyone else's opinion. So I get that this hits a really big and vulnerable nerve and that it's the sort of thing people do misuse, the sort of thing some "friend" or relative oh so helpfully sends you in a message with a smiley face and you feel like screaming at them for how bad it makes you feel and for how badly they don't understand.
But, as I'm sure you're also aware, most people have been miserable and carrying a chip on their shoulder against the world and have nothing that even comes close to true depression. For those people who have been brought low by bad luck and the hard things life can throw at you, it can feel like it's pointless to try, so they wallow in self pity, but not depression. For those people, this is exactly the sort of thing they need to hear. For them it can be a beautiful switch of perspective.
It can be hard to see outside our own little bubble, things are clear to us so we forget they might not be clear to other people, and it seems like that's what's happened here. To the artist, this is about not accepting the lot life has thrown you, about taking steps to move past it when something bad happens by chance, about not letting yourself get caught up by things you can improve like being late for work or being handed an eviction notice and that life really doesn't hate you. Depression can't be handled like that, it's a constant battle and it's not something you can just improve like that. From the disclaimer, the artist does clearly understand at least some of that, I think the whole thing has just got lost in translation a bit (perhaps literally)
I do think in general people need to be more sensitive to the unseen struggles people in society might be going through, to think more carefully about their choice of words when they have no idea what the other person/people might be going through. But, even with the best will in the world, slip ups and mistakes will happen, and it will always hurt, but if they accept they've made a mistake and learn from it (and probably apologise) then you've got to give them credit.
Now, I could go on about how i was once depressed, how i got over it, how there is hope, etc, etc, etc, or I could mumble about how you're being ignorant and not seeing how this whole piece works, or I could go on about how much you mean to the world and get over it smile smile sunshine cake to the face.
But, instead, Im just gonna speak some gibberish that you may or may not read.
Yea, I understand how depression works and what its like, but only as a strong emotion fueled by the mindset that I'm obviously not normal (i'll save you the sob story of like 99% of my life so far). I most likely won't understand medical depression. I won't know what you're going through, and you won't know what I'm going through, that's just how it is. Yes, I agree with you, telling people to shut up and smile on is all bullshit. It works for some people, but it doesnt work for others. And well, I guess my point right now is that I'll try to make everyone happy. Of course, this would be futile, because happiness cannot exist without sadness, for otherwise there would be nothing to compare it to, and it would not be an emotion. I don't know why I want to purify the world into a Utopia. I mean, I do know why (so that everyone is equal and happy), but I don't know why my brain decided to choose an impossible resolution.
I don't know where I'm going with this, I'm starting to babble like an idiot.
So let's cut to the chase, shall we?
I'm the opposite of someone that's self-absorbed. Instead of only caring about myself, I'm the only one I don't care about. That makes me ignorant.
Wait, no, I'm starting to babble again.
Ok. The point is, you're entitled to your opinion, I'm entitled to mine, and everyone else is entitled to theirs. I can't control who does or doesn't understand, but I'll try to help if you need it. Nobody's perfect, especially not me.
End of story.
I was subjected to the "If you just change your diet, you'll feel better" argument today.
....there is absolutely nothing I can say right here to you that you aren't going to find offensive, because you're kind of in an 'offense is the best defense' mode. So. Let's move on to the point.
The artist did this based off of a song about people and bad luck. The artist wasn't trying to belittle you, or the shit you go through. Speaking as someone who's never been diagnosed with medical depression, I get that I don't know what you're going through, and that this doesn't mean as much to you because of that. Have I felt depressed? Hell yes. But do I go through medical depression? Definitely not.
So, a different approach: You know what DOESN'T make you happy. You know what exactly pushes your buttons. You don't want fake understanding. So, as someone who DOES understand what you're going through, do you feel like there's a different message, approach, ANYTHING that you would find more palatable than this? If not, that's cool.
I don't want to assume too much, but I do imagine that it can get difficult to know what makes it better, from the sounds of it, when you struggle with it for so long. When this sort of emotion goes on for so long, it gets really, really hard to find something that DOES cheer you up, when nothing you do or other people do seems to work. I've experienced shorter spates like that, so I really, honestly, can't begin to imagine what it's like to live with it for sixteen years.
But I'm not sure the artist does, either, and that's not her fault.
I get that you're tired of the assholes who tell you to just buck up and get over it. It isn't that simple - if it was, it wouldn't be such a worldwide issue that we try to use medicine to cure.
But I don't see how taking out your frustrations on the artist, well-meaning and not even directing this AT you, can ever. EVER. Make you feel better.
What I don't get is why it doesn't make you feel worse. Or, if it does make you feel worse, why you would do that, to the artist and yourself.
Is this supposed to be a "get over it" speech?
It probably reads like one to you, but it's a "step back and take a moment to think about what you're doing in your rage and frustration and depression" speech.
Does that mean getting over it?
No. I'm not going to try to ask you to do something so big, when I don't even know you personally. I don't know your life, you don't know my life. You don't even know why I feel like I can say this shit, and I don't even know why you'll react the way you will.
But likewise, you don't know what humon was thinking when she drew this. Maybe she was thinking she'd like to make someone's day. Anyone's day. Someone who would appreciate the thought, even if it didn't necessarily help.
Maybe she was thinking about this song, and what it meant to her, and so she drew it.
Maybe she just really likes the song, and it could have been any song, with any message, but it was this one, and so she drew it.
So while you're sitting here, frustrated... no, beyond that, beyond a word that can describe it, with your medical depression, you're inadvertently dragging everyone's day down with this response you posted. You're bringing everyone down, and ruining the experience of anyone who happened to take a glance at the comments for this piece. Are you really so far gone you just want to drag everyone down into your personal hell so they can see how you feel? Or is it just that you have so many emotions to express, no way that adequately expresses them, and so you're taking it out on someone who didn't even know you? Who didn't even know you would see this?
Please don't take something meant to be simple and nice and turn it into a personal attack on yourself. Because yeah, you're mood's so low, it's not like being considerate to people will make it any better. But all you're doing is making it look like you're someone who's earned their depression. And that's not right either. You're just looking for the fakeness to stop and for some actual human empathy and attempt of understanding. That is a universal feeling, and while this isn't fake, it's not empathetic or understanding, either. It's a warped, self-absorbed action, and if you want to take it out on me for saying this, fine. It's not like I understand your problems, so if I'm wrong, feel free to correct me.
But let the people whose days were made by this feel the cheer, okay? Just because it doesn't work for you doesn't mean you can just ruin it for everyone. You can rant about it in real life, to someone or to yourself. You can message a friend online and hate on it together. You can print out a thousand copies of the picture, and rip them all to shreds. But there's really no excuse for you to bring this to the open community and make a fuss when a lot of the people here who are commenting are obviously enjoying the piece.
Take your issues with it elsewhere, to someone who WILL care and empathize and understand; not to a community of whom the vast majority doesn't realize what an obviously personal offence this is.
Love the progression in colours and everything
Life does get better; don't focus on the bad... nicely made!
... always interesting to see translations of things and how they work [or don't work] when moving from one means of expression to another...
Very Nice Art...
Telling someone with depression to just 'stop being depressed' or 'stop feeling sorry for themselves' is like telling a person with chronic pain, "just stop being in pain," or someone with epilepsy, "just stop having seizures".
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I just want to say, thank you for this.
Now, "religious people" is rather a large group, so forgive me if I assume that you're talking about those of the Abrahamic faiths, which seems to be the target of this comic. Now, these groups profess a god which is all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful. It would therefore be natural for some of them to decide that however they feel at the moment is how they are supposed to feel.
However, I don't think that this is the gist of what you're trying to get at. So please expand.
thanks for making this