You can find a lot on Instagram these days – recipes, tutorials and vlogs being just some things that exist outside of the perfect flatlay. But one of the best things for me has been the rise of illustrators and comic artists.
Beth Evans in one such person. Her drawings are adorably relatable – but while her little ‘blob’ characters are cute and friendly looking, their thoughts and feelings can be anything but. Which, when you think about it, is rather apt given the subject matter often covers Beth’s own feelings about depression or anxiety.
I’m a huge fan of her work, since her entire account somehow seems to entirely sum up my feelings in just a few pen/brush strokes. These are just some of my favourites of hers.
Not only does this little gem use the whole ‘THIS IS FINE’ meme (big props), it also manages to tie it in to every possible thing you could be thinking/worrying/feeling sad about at once. This little octopus guy totally reps what it’s like to feel overwhelmed all the time.
GIRL. THIS IS MY LIFE. I hate to think of how many hours of sleep I have lost over that tiny rawring guy.
I’m so glad I’m not the only one that still wants my mum/boyfriend/anyone nearby to make calls for me.
THIS. Thanks, low self-esteem. You’re just the most amount of fun. The best.
‘Next time I’m gonna be like WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE, HUH? Lol not really I’m just going to hope they still like me.’
Easily switch between the two within a matter of seconds. The crying is so on point, too.
Literally this blog :’)
All the time, man :’(
It’s like revenge of the rawr guy all over again. When it feels like a problem demands all your attention, it’s pretty tricky to focus on anything else. You start building it up, ruminating and obsessing over this issue and now it FEELS MASSIVE AND OH NO.
No explanation required. So perfectly summed up.
I’m stupid because I can’t understand this actually quite complicated process. I should have explained that better. It’s my fault that didn’t go right. Everyone’s going to think I’m an idiot because of that one, inane comment I made that one time. I am the worst. #classicvikithoughts
This is the reason I suck at appraisals.
This one struck a chord. My other half actually told me that before we got together I seemed like someone who was ‘confident, in control and knew what they were doing’. Imagine the lols that gave me.
It’s so tricky to see yourself the way others see you – and also to exhibit the qualities you desperately want to see in yourself.
‘Absolutely not’ :’)
The days where this is my predominant thought process are really kind of not fun.
And then you see stuff like this in your Instagram feed and it really just makes things feel a bit more okay.
Thanks Beth for shining a light on what it’s like dealing with the day-to-day fun and games of mental health. You’re a friggen diamond – and that smiley heart is unreal levels of cute.