Eeeeeeeeeeeee! I love these two and full heartily believe they’d get along! Oh boy, this is gonna be long!:
-Johnny was one of the first members of the theater team that Meena felt comfortable around after Mr. Moon. She found him friendly and surprisingly easy to talk to.
-Their voices and styles matched up nicely so they often rehearse/warm up with each other. This was first prompted by Mr. Moon, but after one warmup session it became a regular thing with them.
-Since Johnny is most easily within reach of Meena’s when standing, she’ll grab his arm when startled. He doesn’t mind. At all.
-Johnny fully accepts and kinda likes his roll as protector, despite the fact the Meena is significantly bigger and stronger than he is.
-(Once there was a fair was going on on the same street as the theater with a fireworks show at night. The first firework to go off surprised Meena and she of course grabbed Johnny by reflex then quickly let go in embarrassment. Gunter sees this and gives Meena a huge stuffy he won at the fair to hold on to. She sheepishly accepts it as they all settle in to watch the fireworks show, the first 10 minutes of which Johnny spends silently pouting about being replaced by a giant stuffed duck.)
-One of the reasons Johnny likes hanging around Meena is he feels he doesn’t have to be as careful about accidentally bumping into and hurting her unlike all the smaller members of the theater fam. He thought this feeling was mutual, but Meena does actually worry about accidentally hurting him, just less so than everyone else in the theater.
-When Rosita wanted to teach all the performers (plus Moon cuz he also wanted to learn) how to slow dance, she made them pair up by height. Meena was suppose to practice with Johnny, but initially refused to dance with anyone out of fear of stepping on someone’s foot and breaking it. Undeterred by this, Johnny just showed up to the next practice in steal-toe boots. He looked ridiculous and felt silly, but the gesture got Meena to smile and made her feel comfortable dancing with him, so he figured it was worth it.
-Johnny is also the kind of guy will straight up forget to sleep for days at a time, then nod off wherever and be dead to the world. This leads to Meena either having a sleeping gorilla slumped against her shoulder or Meena being asked to carry Johnny since she’s the only one who can.
-Meena totally hear Johnny’s father sneaking around back stage during the final performance in the movie and saw him briefly but never told the authorities or anyone because A) he wasn’t doing anything bad and Johnny was happy to see him and B) Johnny did save her friggin’ life when the theater was flooded, so she gave him the benefit of the doubt.
-Bottom line, they’re both kinda dorky, look out for each other, and adorably fun to watch.
Yeah… that went on a lot of tangents. Sorry, but I have a lot of feeling about these two! (Yes, i ship them.) If anyone wants to send more of these, I’m game.
I often hear that Gintama is very kind to losers. The thought that “a failure like me can still keep living when I read this manga.” But I didn’t intentionally draw losers. I’ve been told that it’s because I’m a loser too. Well, fine. But honestly, I think everyone’s a loser. The only difference is the skin we put on. Once you open the lid and look inside, everyone’s the same.
Gintama isn’t merely comedy -I mean yes it has all the shit and dick jokes- but it is far more meaningful than what they describe. It contains all the heavy burdens people carry around. All the broken words that were left unspoken. All the stories that tell us about a better tomorrow, and about the sun rising again. Of course, all the ossans out there too. Gintama isn’t merely comedy, it gave me hope for as far as I can remember. My point is, I’m so proud of sorachi for creating this fine piece of art. As we hit 600 chapters today, I can’t justify how much gintama changed my life and the strength it spreads. Remember, Gintama isn’t merely comedy, and it’s darkest before dawn.
7 tips in dealing with life if you can't afford a therapist
Let’s face it. Therapy can be expensive. As a licensed marriage family therapist myself, I admit I have at times wondered on the drive home what I could have bought with the money I just dropped on a session. But that’s only if the session wasn’t that impactful. And most aren’t. Because therapy is a cumulative process. We can’t predict when growth will come. And that’s why therapy can seem expensive. Most don’t weigh the entire process, instead they judge each session and wonder what new Lululeom pants they could have bought instead. That being said, there are many out there who can barely put food on the table and a roof over their head. So whether you don’t want to pay for therapy or really can’t afford it, here are seven tips to deal with your life without seeing a therapist.
1. Live Outside of Self
I believe many are depressed becausethey live a self-centered life. I don’tmean a life all about you. I mean doinglife in your head. By self, I mean mind. When you live a life centered in self, youare closed, your thoughts are turned inward, and you are listening to a
constant inner dialogue of judgment and criticism. I’m not
good enough, pretty enough, strong enough.
I could have done better. I don’t
deserve ________. Your world is
Unless you come from a perfect family and have had nothing but flawless relationships,
your head will play
this broken record of
judgment or criticism. Of course the
volume of the record varies, depending on your story. But we all have this playing inside us. It is quicksand. It starts with a raw emotion, anger,
hopelessness, loneliness, despair, sadness, and anxiety. We sink deeper as our raw emotion turns into
an emotion driven thought - the broken record.
An emotion driven through can be okay – it’s when the Pseudo Self drives
the mind into a pattern of thought that is contrary to the Solid Self that
these thoughts can turn into trouble. Or
more accurately, false beliefs. For
The world would be better off
without me. I’d be better off drinking
again. No one understands me. No one loves me. I am worthless. I don’t deserve any better than this
These false beliefs create
fear and uncertainty. They keep us
locked in our heads. They significantly
lower our potential and when our potential is low, so is our ability to seek
joy and be happy.
The way you break this record
is to get out of your mind (self).
Accept your feelings but not the judgmental thoughts behind them. Live in how you feel instead of how you
think. Living how you feel doesn’t mean
to just go around being an emotional person.
I am talking about labeling yourself, drawing conclusions from your
judgment (living how you think). It’s
okay to feel lonely. It’s not okay to
stamp yourself as unloveable.
2. Pull from your Solid Instead of Pseudo Self.
with weak transparency muscles live within a Pseudo Self. In plain English, this is a false version of
you. It seeks other people’s
approval. You live in Pseudo Self
because it gives you a sense of security.
It allows you to hide and live in disguise. But most importantly, the Pseudo Self straps
a muzzle on your gifts. By gifts, I
don’t necessarily mean talents. I mean
what makes you different than any other person on the planet. In screenwriting, they say what’s most
important is your voice. Everyone has a
story to tell,
but it’s your voice that
makes your script stand out from the rest.
For example, Quentin Tarantino has a very strong voice. It comes out in his dialogue and his
non-linear way of storytelling. Being
transparent allows you to find your voice.
Your voice is your gift. Your
voice is your Solid Self, the true you.
What prevents people from exercising their transparency muscle is
fear. This fear prevents growth. You must shatter fear or you’ll snap back
every time you stretch. A good way to
remember Pseudo vs Solid is False vs Truth.
Pseudo is false. Solid is truth. Everyone has a true and false version of
themselves. Many times where we pull
from depends on our environment and who we’re around. For example, if we’re surrounded by people we
want to impress, we tend to project an idea of what we believe they are looking
for or attracted to. Our dial is turned
on Take instead of Give. We are seeking
something from them, attention, validation, approval. In order to turn that dial back to Give, we
must pull from our truth. We must practice transparent
in voice and self. This adds
solidity. What we are giving is our true
self. Everything false clouds the
picture of our true self and transparency cuts through the clouds. In order to live your truth,
you must be transparent. You must be
clear and flow like liquid. Like Bruce
Lee said, be like water.
3. Take off Your Bowling Shoes
Every Sunday morning, I sit
down with my friend (spiritual mentor, brother) at a local breakfast joint in
Silverlake to sip coffee, process life, and inhale chocolate croissants. One morning, he gave me some great advice
regarding the anxiety I had been experiencing in a new job. What he said really hit me because it was so
simple. He said don’t own it. I thought
about this. Then I thought about it again. He was absolutely right. If I don’t own it, it won’t own me.
The fight you had with your
boyfriend, the date that went south, the transition of a new job, these events
are not yours to own. They were a gift
from God, the universe, whatever higher power you believe in. They are yours to borrow and learn from.
think we create anxiety because we clutch on to things, want to control
them. We do this with our children, our
relationships, our jobs, and ourselves.
But if you believe you do not own the event/experience, itwon’t have power over you. This doesn’t mean don’t own your
feelings. Your feelings are valid and
you do own them because they are your truth.
But the shit that’s happening in your life is separate from you. You are borrowing those experiences like a
pair of bowling shoes. You get to use
them as tools. Without ownership, there
is no urge to control. Get rid of the
desire to control and the burden is suddenly lifted.
Stop owning what isn’t yours to own.
4. Have firm Non-Negotiables
I believe we negotiate too much. Our jobs, our relationships, our boundaries,
our time, our passions, our health, and our happiness. Without non-negotiables, you are flimsy. You don’t have a center of gravity. You do not know who you are. If you don’t know who you are, how will you
know where you are going? You become a
piece of drift wood floating in the ocean.
You are lost and stagnant. You
compromise yourself. You get into
abusive relationships. You fall into
depression. You begin to believe you are
worthless. You become grayed. What are the things you are no longer willing to negotiate about yourself?Here are some examples non-negotiables. Character assignation in any of my relationships, including the one I have with myself. I will always be heard. I will always create a space to pursue my passions in some form.
5. Live Inside Out
Most of us allow external
objects to define us. Money.
Career. Cars. Aesthetics.
Other people’s opinions. With
this mindset, it is nearly impossible to be an authentic version of
ourselves. We will morph our truth to
match these objects and slowly lose our voice and the imprint we’re supposed to
leave on this world. Instead, the world
will leave its mark on us, having power over our thoughts and behavior. We will walk with shoulds, compare our story with others, and constantly chase. This process mutes us and sets us up for
steep falls. Once we fall we internalize
and end up tightening our muzzle. It’s
impossible to live at our potential when we are muted.
inside out also means not holding feelings inside. Trapped feelings turn into anger and
resentment. We end up carrying this
weight. It hardens our shoulders and
makes us slouch. We concave. In order to move through life with a gorilla
chest, with certainty and transparency, we must unload what we carry. The treasure is not outside. What makes us valuable is what’s within.
If we decide to live inside out, we will share our value with the
world. If we don’t, we will not.
6. Stretch Your Bright Spots
Someone once told me Life is shit except for a few moments of joy. If that’s the case, we must stretch those
moments like cookie dough. Everyone has
bright spots, though most are unaware of them.
We are so busy obsessing about the future and dwelling on the past that
we don’t notice them. They fly by like
our adolescence. Turn your dial from
macro to micro and taste the nectar in your life. The first sip of hot coffee in the
morning. The few seconds after a brisk
run. Consuming your favorite meal. The scent of your lover. A life changing conversation. Feeling beautiful in a dress. The moment you forget you’re on a
motorcycle. The more you are aware of
your bright spots, the more you’re training your brain to appreciate the little
things in life. If we stretch these
moments and string them together, your days will feel happier, lighter, and you
can flip the script and believe that …
Life is joy
except for a few moments of shit.
7. Share Your Story
Sharing your story doesn’t
mean verbally vomiting on someone. It
means being vulnerable and disclosing when appropriate. You have to define what appropriate means for you.
For me, if the desire to share is driven by ego or coming from an
attention seeking place, it’s probably not appropriate. If that desire is coming from a place where
you think your story will help someone, it’s appropriate. An easy way to determine if sharing is
appropriate is if it is giving, it’s appropriate. If it is taking, it’s not. For example, if it comes from seeking
validation, it’s taking. If it validates
someone else, it is giving.
Sharing your story is a
gift. The act of it is giving. Giving is being transparent. Say you were at that same party we discussed
before, and learned that someone was going through a divorce. She admitted it to the group of single people
you were chatting with. The discussion
was about how difficult it is to find good
honest friends in this town. Since
her divorce, she has not been able to find new friends. It was courageous of her to disclose this
since society tends to stamp defective
on your forehead when you are divorced.
Say you are also going through a divorce. If you decide to share your story, you are
giving. You are giving someone
support. You are the person that will be
valuable in her new container.
We learn more from other
people’s stories than we do our own. If
no one shared their stories, where would we be?
What lessons would we learn? How
alone would we feel?
We are all a million walking
stories. Your story is what makes you you.
Your Pseudo Self will want you to close your book. Your Solid Self will want you to open it.
Growth means to accept, embrace, and share your story.