Recovering From My 20s, In Cartoon Form

When I was 26, I decided I needed to sort my life out. I didn't cope with adolescence very well and spent my 20s recovering from my teenage years - not really understanding how to be an adult. I wasn't eating well (kebabs), or exercising (ever), I was drinking a lot and it felt like I was living life in a suffocating cloud.

I got a book from the library called How To Be Your Own Life Coach and did all of the activities over one summer holiday. I found out that Buddha didn't become enlightened until he was 30 — so I thought, It's OK, I've got a few years yet.

Now I've just turned 30, and I sit here with my chai tea and kale soup (things have changed a little). Although I can't say I am enlightened (yet), I think I'm beginning to live my life in a way that is more 'awake'. Inspired by deeply personal graphic novels such as Marbles by Ellen Forney, Billy, Me and You by Nicola Streeten and Lighter than my Shadow by Katie Green, I've started drawing my experiences as cartoons to help me to make sense of them and maybe communicate with other people who are trying to sort their lives out, too.

I hope you enjoy the one below:


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