Let me start this post with this: “I LOUVVVE CALVIN & HOBBES; Unconditionally & Unapologetically”!!
As per me, Calvin and Hobbes is the greatest comic strip ever written. PERIOD!!
Quite a strong statement..Ain’t it? And why exactly in my opinion the C&H is the comic strip ever written? Well, because to present the life lessons in the simplest possible manner, convey the joy of childhood, present the absurdity of humanity and the power of keeping faith, all by relationship between a boy and his stuffed tiger, is nothing but the . Every single time I read it, I get the new perspectives on life, new way of looking at the things and a realization that everything will work out in the end.
So, following are my picks of the life lessons from C&H:
1. Make your own rules
Life often doesn’t make sense. Assholes get promoted, the wrong people are pretty, that car never inches far enough into the intersection when making a left, and there’s always that one idiot who hears your hilarious joke and just says it louder. I HATE that guy. But I digress. Life often doesn’t make sense. So whenever life throws you a spitball, just remember Calvinball. Yes, Calvinball, the glorious game with only one rule: You can’t play the same way twice. Much like life, in Calvinball, a lot of things don’t make sense, you have to make up rules as you go, and the score really doesn’t matter (unless you can tell me who’s winning in this Q to 12 scenario). When life is rough – and even when it’s not – remember Calvinball, and don’t be afraid to make up rules and embrace the insanity of it all. It doesn’t always have to make sense, it doesn’t always have to be so serious, and sometimes there’s a sweet relief to that surrender.
Oh man, I wish I could tell my high-school self this one. No one should deny themselves their own weirdness. Calvin is never afraid to boldly declare his weirdness, even when doing so results in his classmates ostracizing him and his teachers and parents disciplining him. To act any other way, to be any other person, is an option that never even enters his head. And in my experience, the people that bring out my weirdness are the ones I hug the hardest.
People debate if Hobbes is actually real — is he Calvin’s conscience? His subconscious? But the only thing we can know for sure is that Hobbes is real to Calvin. And if he’s real to Calvin, then Hobbes is real on some level, even if it’s a level that we can’t access ourselves. Watterson has said that “Calvin sees Hobbes one way, and everyone else sees Hobbes another way,” much like how Calvin’s view of the world often differs from everyone else’s. Reality is in the eye of the beholder.
When it comes to dealing with people, everything’s easier when you remember that a person’s entire world is based on their perception of reality. Therefore, their perception is their reality, no matter how objective they try (or don’t try) to be. Whether their perception is that your email was snarky or that a stuffed tiger can come to life, simply acknowledging that their perspective exists can do wonders. You can acknowledge someone’s viewpoint and still disagree with them … and then of course think inside your own reality what an idiot they are for misinterpreting your emails, which are really just concise and don’t contain a million exclamation marks.
Whether you’re 7 or 27, this is always a good reminder. The boy on the bus who would always wipe his boogers on you was actually struggling to say that he kinda really liked you. He just hadn’t developed the emotional vocabulary and self-awareness to express it. By the time 27 hits, boys have evolved into fully formed adults with an impressive capacity to say what they mean and mean what they say!
No, I’m kidding. Actually not much has changed at all. True, they don’t wipe boogers on you anymore (although it’s possible they’ve just mastered the more subtle art of “The Flick”), but their flirting now consists of hovering their mouse over the “Like” button on your most recent Facebook status before deciding that clicking is way too obvious, or sending confusing texts. Does anyone know what a sad winky face means?
Especially when those problems are things like “My phone is so slow” and “They didn’t have my hummus at the supermarket.”
11. Everyone Has A Tell
Pay close attention to people. Other than the fact that you’ll learn to appreciate them more, you’ll also learn when they are telling you boldface lies. This lesson is especially important when you are trying to win money from them or get that vacation day turned into a sick day at work.
12. Bad Parenting Isn’t Always Bad Parenting
13. Cheap Thrills Aren’t All That Terrible
Sometimes you gotta live, you know?
14. School Is Kinda Bulls**t
15. It’s The Small Things That Count
16. Questions Can Be Scary
Everyone is scared to ask the big questions: why are we here? Is there a God? How can I be a better person? Can jokes that break the rules of three still be funny?
17. We All Feel Alone
We’ve all had those moments where we feel like there is no one here for us. We’re lost and alone. But it’s not true. There are millions of people in the world and they’ve all been there before. You can get through this with help from friends or family or internet strangers or RedTube.
18. Life Is Hard
19. We Aren’t In Control
That’s why you just gotta live and be happy. You don’t control most things. Unless you are God. If so, then you do control all things.
20. Art Is Stupid
Additionally, found this interesting piece on Buzzfeed (http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariannarebolini/christmas-lessons-from-calvin-and-hobbes) on Christmas and Calvin:
24. The holidays are a time for personal reflection.
23. A time to think about what it really means to be good.
22. And even with the best of intentions…
21. …we’re still at the mercy of the universe.
20. It’s also a time for family.
19. For going through the motions, even if it’s tedious.
18. Because the proper preparations are vital!
17. The Christmas list is both strategic and an art.
16. A first draft will get the juices flowing.
15. You can find inspiration anywhere!
14. And there’s no shame in being clear and firm about what you want.
13. Of course, all of these expectations make it the perfect time to mess with people.
12. So it’s good to keep up a level of pragmatism…
11. …mixed with a healthy dose of skepticism.
10. To question authority!
9. To ask the big questions!
8. It’s also important to remember that some aspects of the Christmas spirit are not for everyone.
7. Some people might find the themes a little problematic.
6. But people find transcendence in all sorts of ways.
5. After all, consumerism isn’t all bad.
4. You’re not just giving a gift. You’re giving a message.
3. Often that message is incredibly heartwarming.
2. Sometimes your favorite gift will surprise you.
1. And when all of the excitement has faded, you’ve got to remember your manners.