“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.
“So it is.”
“Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”
― A.A. Milne
We’ve all had those times when we feel at our limit. We’re not able to keep up, and the smallest things trigger feelings of frustration or anxiety. At times like these, it can be difficult to find the lighter side of life; and even with the knowledge that all things must come to an end, no solace or comfort is felt. Sometimes, it feels that there really is no rest for the weary.
Gavin Aung Than had always found his greatest inspiration and influence from Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin & Hobbes. Although Watterson retired more than ten years ago in 1995, when Gavin was still young, in the years that followed, Gavin began to immerse himself in the world Watterson had created and still draws inspiration from his favourite comics. Recently, Gavin took words from Watterson’s 1990 commencement speech to Kenyon College and brought them to life in a comic done in a style that mimics Calvin & Hobbes, as a tribute.
Watterson’s words themselves are thought provoking and inspiring – particularly for anyone in the process of figuring out the famous “what do I want to be when I grow up” and carving a niche out for themselves… So, most of us? The journey of self reflection and the pursuit of meaningful work certainly doesn’t stop after landing the first job and starting a career post-graduation. Usually, it’s only the beginning, and Watterson’s words reflect that.
Gavin’s tribute is beautiful. And it seems the world and old fans of Calvin & Hobbes think so too. The comic has since gone viral and been shared globally. It isn’t available in print, as it would go against Watterson’s own principles around licensing. However, you can see more of Gavin’s art and read about his tribute on his blog at Zen Pencils.