Love it. I’m a constant worrier and planner, and I have been since middle school. I didn’t play the game, but I certainly thought I knew where I was going and how I’d get there. Straight or squiggly, those lines never did pan out the way I thought. Some of them dead-ended, even. And I’m okay with that today. Now that I know how it works, I can be more interested in the squiggly journey from here on out.
As a sidenote: I’m so glad to see you’ve moved into a place where you’re looking forward to awesomeness instead of being caught up in grieving for what’s passed. It’s going to make HHH even sweeter.
Dear Lucy, you don’t know me. And neither I know you, of course.
I’m from Brazil and a huge fan of your work. All I know from your person is what you display in the internet.
I must say that all I see is very pleasant. I have this fantasy of who you may be in real life that brings me a lot of comfort and happy thoughts. I believe everyone that lives a good part of their lives like us, using and sharing life experiences trough the Web, kind of have their “pet friends”. People we wanted to meet and maybe have in our offline lives, but for some reason, we don’t.
I want to know you as much as I want to know a lot of other really interesting people. I may want to know you a lot more than I want to know some of those people, actually. But I see no way to do it soon, so I’ll not waste my time dealing with such fact of life.
This put, please accept my gratitude for your existence.
I’ll explain: I had this nice dream tonight, where we were roommates, just like you and Nora, and I had such a blast! I remember laughing and having a really good time.
My life is not that funny nowadays. I’m dealing with a lot, and your comics, your art, your pictures and tweets always brighten my day. And last night, I had this perfect-and-yet-creepy-realistic moment in my dreams where I had the warm feeling of a friendship bond that may never exists between us, even for just a few minutes (or hours, according to Inception).
Thanks for it. I always wished the best for you, and that is not different today…
For me, the big change happened not with sex but with first real heartbreak. You realize so much about what you expected is just silly, and so much is more important than you though, etc.
Love your comics. They always get me thinkin’.
Watch out for David Bowie in there.
Lucy, every one of your comics speaks to me in so many ways. Its like you’re pulling thoughts straight out of my own brain haha. When I was young, I had the same preconceived notions of what life was going to be like once I “grew up”. Turns out, almost none of what I thought would happen or the things I thought I would accomplish by now, have not happened. Go figure right? That’s not to say that I haven’t accomplished other important goals in my life along the way. Life just happens and sometimes you feel like you’re just along for the ride. You’re so right about how not having any relationship attachments frees you up in a way. Ive been single for just about a year now and I’m finally getting around to doing things that I WANT to do. Although, like you, I do often miss the friendship and companionship that a loving relationship provides. Life is crazy and throws you curve balls sometimes, but often you just have to try you best to catch them and see what happens.
ps: loved the bong that you snuck in on panel 10 . Your work is so detailed, i love it!
I l always love your work. This speaks to me in so many ways.
When I was 19, a palm-reader at Disney World said I would meet my soul mate at 27, and he would have a “j” in his name.
That thought, whether consciously or not, affected almost every relationship from age 19-27.
Now, at 29, I am glad to be free of that ridiculous perception. It’s amazing how those pre-planned expectations or ideals can affect our lives. And how much different the reality can be.
Spectacular and insightful, as always. And quit stressin’ the updates, just keep making great comics.
It’s interesting to compare this with Subnormality #532 (“The Climb”), which I like to imagine is rather like the map you’re tossing away in the next-to-last panel.
O the places you’ll go!
I like the bit about women’s expectations for sex, I never get to hear that side of the story.
I really like how you compare childhood w/ adulthood. Great work!
Hi, i’m a new fan to your work and i certainly love it. I connect to almost every single of your publications, but this one has been felt even deeper than any other.
I am about to end a relationship, she’s going to move across the country, nothing i can do.
Silly us, we planned all our life together, yet we didn’t expect a sudden change of plans. All the lines that were traced in our mind had been erased.
We know we will be alright, but we are both afraid of the imminent process of assimilating the breakup, to know we wont be near each other for years after so many spent together.
You just inspire me, in ways i can’t describe in words.
I’ve nothing more to add, i just think you just said everything there is to say.
This made me cry. Every once a while it’s nice to find something that makes you feel a little less weird and alone. Thank you!
I stumbled upon your comic and I have to say I´m in love, in love with the imagery and the though you bring to your works. Keep it up you inspire me to create more as well.
I really love this comic. I like all your work, but this one really speaks to me at this moment.
Sometimes you come across works of art that seem to exactly reflect the way you feel yourself.
And for a brief moment you get the crazy idea that maybe, just maybe, we aren’t different people at all… that we share the same mind, the same soul.
I get that when reading your comics.
(Normally I hang around here silently, but this time I just had to say something. Keep doing what you are doing, it’s brilliant.)
Panel #7 is the win because of Linney’s face.
Love it when your cat says ‘Stupid Lois!’, lol, I can just imagine an animal saying something like that to a lot of things we people do, lol.
Top notch, as usual. Panel #7 should be everyone’s desktop wallpaper. Or at least mine.
This just made me feel so much better. For the past year I’ve been upset that I still don’t know what I want to do with my life. I know I’m only 20, but when I was a kid I KNEW what I was going to do. Now I have no idea. It’s been tearing me up, and I don’t even eat or sleep properly these days because I’m so worried I’m going to be one of those people who never finds the thing that they love doing. I just want to know what I want.
But this gave me some hope. I don’t need to know what’s going to happen. Everything’s going to be okay.
I connect with the metaphor of the map/maze. I am a little farther along on the journey and still get exciting glimpses of what lays ahead on the rapidly diverging paths. I am making another in a series of life changing choices (buying a house) and see some lives appearing and others disappearing. Some lives I imagined when I was young are long gone but those left seem pretty good to me now.
Love, because life sucks so much but you don’t have to do it alone.
For me and sex, there is a delicate balance between preconceptions that we formed as young’ns and reality. Once you betray some of your core beliefs (like having sex with someone you don’t respect or whatever) that may have formed in adolescence, it can be quite hard to get back with what sexual desires you classify as part of your identity. Disagree if you will!
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