I ran out of time and didn't finish the Newspost I wanted to; it'll have to wait until next week. It's a cool one!
It can be a challenge to “be yourself”. It can be difficult to even define what that means. Most people probably behave a little differently depending on the situation they're in or the people they're with.
In my younger years I found myself placating people and often agreeing with others' opinions without even thinking about my own opinion. Maybe I wanted to be liked; sometimes that was it.
But I remember often having no opinion on the subject at hand. Growing up with some strong…maybe overbearing…personalities around must have been part of it. Being agreeable was how I tried to get through the challenges of life. Sometimes it worked out well; sometimes it backfired and annoyed people.
Overcoming being “fake” or insincere is something I've made some efforts at in recent years. Part of it happens naturally, I find; it takes far less work to just be oneself than to try and impress other people with an artificial self. It starts to not matter what other people think. I find this to be a great relief!
But on the other hand, habits are more ingrained and we've heard and experienced more as time goes by, so it can be harder to figure out if we're just acting out old routines or playing a comfortable role without realizing it, or closing ourselves off from new ideas and activities that might be good for us!
As a sometimes-creative artist, this matters to me in other ways as well - am I making stuff that reflects what I want to say? My own point of view? Or am I just regurgitating? Or doing what I think will please people?
Partly, it's the latter; I want the stuff I do to be understood and enjoyed by other people. But I do think the stories reflect something of me, though often mingled with other fiction I've consumed over the years.
So what's the answer? I'm not sure. But it seems like something worth thinking about!
Do you find it difficult to “be yourself” with the comics you create?
Speaking of being yourself, a unique person passed away recently -
Carrie Fisher was an unusual celebrity from what I could tell. Smart, sassy, and really, really funny, she was also open about her struggles with mental health issues and addiction…before it was common to be so open. She helped many people, from what I'm reading, with her warmth, honesty and insight about these issues.
She was an accomplished actor, but also a writer of many successful books and rewrites on some big screenplays. I remember her on the roast of Roseanne; she was very funny. In her many interviews, too, she was always entertaining and often made other actors cover their eyes with her sometimes naughty sense of humour.
Oh, and at around 19, she became a cultural icon, and remains one to this day.
Goodnight, sweet Princess!
Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 29, 2016
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