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September 4, 2018 11:16 PM   Subscribe

Soo, this made me tear up on the way to work this morning, so y'all get to do so as well: a short comic about going back in time to talk to your younger self by Samantha Richardson, found via.
posted by MartinWisse (29 comments total) 77 users marked this as a favorite
 
0. This is the dustiest of FPPs
1. Wish I could do this IRL rn
2. Priorities re: still liking dinosaurs? A+
3. Little Me would probably want to know when we get married to Keanu Reeves like mommy and daddy want
4. My parents still want that and I still don't have an answer or a wedding date yet

Ty for this post, MartinWisse.
posted by Hermione Granger at 11:39 PM on September 4, 2018 [8 favorites]


😭
posted by [insert clever name here] at 11:57 PM on September 4, 2018 [1 favorite]


Why does Tumblr hate me so much? I can't expand the picture and there's always a bar across it.
posted by Joe in Australia at 3:03 AM on September 5, 2018 [1 favorite]


It works better on mobile than viewed via desktop, I found.
posted by MartinWisse at 3:11 AM on September 5, 2018


This totally isn't fair. You told me you were going to make me cry and I said "haha!" and clicked. And now I'm crying.
posted by hippybear at 3:35 AM on September 5, 2018 [14 favorites]


The Hobbes is strong in this one. The Calvin too.
posted by chavenet at 4:31 AM on September 5, 2018 [4 favorites]


Aw, geez. How beautiful.
posted by minsies at 4:51 AM on September 5, 2018


OOF
posted by ITheCosmos at 5:36 AM on September 5, 2018


Ugh, why is it I am always in the kitchen chopping onions when these posts show up?
posted by jkaczor at 6:12 AM on September 5, 2018 [1 favorite]


That's amazing. I believe I can honestly say my life is better for having seen that.
posted by Ghidorah at 6:21 AM on September 5, 2018 [11 favorites]


So. Many. Onions.

Thank you for posting this. Also, what Ghidorah said.
posted by kinnakeet at 6:51 AM on September 5, 2018


I made the mistake of reading this on the train into work.

It's a lovely story, almost like another take on this tiny story:
The time traveller appeared at important parts of his life with help and advice. She was so cool and beautiful, and he wished he could be more like her. One day she unlocked his phone, via the fingerprint scanner. He realised who she was, and suddenly the future looked so bright.
I still like dinosaurs.
posted by anem0ne at 7:01 AM on September 5, 2018 [37 favorites]


This is really good.
posted by Too-Ticky at 7:57 AM on September 5, 2018


You tried to warn me but did I listen?
posted by Space Kitty at 8:16 AM on September 5, 2018 [4 favorites]


This destroyed me. I can't imagine a more succinct solution to a previous ask of mine.
posted by Jellybean_Slybun at 10:01 AM on September 5, 2018 [1 favorite]


Joe In Australia: If you have an ad-blocker on tumblr mobile it screws with the layout.
posted by lkc at 10:17 AM on September 5, 2018 [1 favorite]


Dusty in the office today. Someone should really do something about that.
posted by koucha at 11:40 AM on September 5, 2018


I have been thinking about this on and off all day. So. Well. Done.
posted by bilabial at 12:48 PM on September 5, 2018


Mine would be a lot shorter. "Don't ever smoke tobacco. It destroys everything." FIN
posted by Brocktoon at 12:48 PM on September 5, 2018 [4 favorites]


Mine would be: a lot more people like you than you think. Also, girls asking for your opinions on certain matters are actually asking a totally different question which, if you read between the lines, would materially alter the nature of your reply. E.g., "do you have a girlfriend?"
posted by Joe in Australia at 2:56 PM on September 5, 2018 [1 favorite]


I'll probably come back to this now and again, when the pain of what I missed gets too strong. Because I wouldn't go back and transition earlier, even if I could. I am thankful to my younger self for the life I have, for the marriage I had, for my wonderful children. My younger self paid a high price for all that, not even knowing exactly what they were paying, or what for.

I almost wish I could go back and let them know that it was worth it. And sometimes I need to remind myself of that.
posted by Tabitha Someday at 3:00 PM on September 5, 2018 [7 favorites]


Oh I needed that today! That was great, and we can all do that for ourselves.
posted by honey badger at 3:12 PM on September 5, 2018 [1 favorite]


My younger self paid a high price for all that, not even knowing exactly what they were paying, or what for.

Yeah.

It's like that, isn't it?

So many years into a life as someone who is me and not me, with a kid who has issues of their own. I want to make it all better for them, but I can't always.

And I wish I could go back and tell my child self who didn't understand what the hell was going on that they were ok. They were valid. That it wasn't a delusion that they felt like their experience of life was really different from the people around them, and that it wasn't a failure on their part that it was really difficult.

But also that it doesn't make them not human. That their dreams and hopes and likes are valid even if no one they've ever met shares them. That loneliness is sad, but it isn't judgement.

That they weren't born sinful and fucked up. That no one else owns the idea of who they are. That we'll at least make it to our mid-40s. That even living as someone we're not, we'll still have great adventures.

That they can love.
That having a child is beautiful.
That there's no heart in struggling for what you don't want.
That life keeps passing no matter how tightly you grasp at it.
That fear of loss can ruin any joy.
That they're a girl, and that's better than anything they had ever hoped to be.
posted by allium cepa at 4:01 PM on September 5, 2018 [4 favorites]


Ok bawling now. Thanks, Martin.
posted by octobersurprise at 5:51 PM on September 5, 2018


I cried. That is all. Thank you, MartinWisse.
posted by Nieshka at 9:53 PM on September 5, 2018


I was fine until I got to “Do we still like dinosaurs?” and the response. Now I’m crying.
posted by SisterHavana at 11:32 PM on September 5, 2018


I did not know I needed to see this today but apparently it's raining inside my house. (Ironically, I am also actually chopping onions.)

Thank you for the post, Martin.
posted by catlet at 5:36 AM on September 6, 2018


“Someday you’re going to decide it’s time to sell off that Apple stock at $14 per share. Don’t do it. For the love of God don’t do it.”
posted by Enemy of Joy at 7:51 PM on September 6, 2018




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