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15 Illustrations Depicting What It’s Like To Be Born In The 21st Century

These witty cartoons present some awesome and, at times, d********* insights on life as we know it.

When cartoons are mentioned, people often think of whimsical works of art. After all, the word itself is often associated with children’s entertainment. Indeed, many of us seek out cartoons when we need a good laugh or something to cheer us up.

However, cartoons can also be used as a platform for though-provoking messages. Those created to accompany editorials or opinion pieces, for instance, certainly deliver quite a punch. In fact, some of them can stand alone and present really sharp insights without a single word.

That said, here are some cartoons that will surely make a lot of people stop and think.

1. We often want what we haven't got.

For many of us, the grass always looks greener on the other side. We never feel content and are always envious of what other have.

2. Reality is right between the lines.

Source: Ivanovich

We all choose our forms of escape from reality. Others are distracted by love affairs forged online. There are also those who are lost in the world of books.

3. What enriches your mind?

We need money, but how far can it actually go if we don’t have our mind in the right place?

4. Kids are often the sum of their parents' parts.

Our parents often define us.

5. It's literally a matter of time.

We don’t realize just how precious time is until it’s actually too late.

6. Woe to the scapegoat.

It always feels horrible when everyone gangs up on you.

7. It's always better when we are together.

Unity is the key to solving most of the world’s problems.

8. What you see is sometimes not what you get.

Technology has made it possible for people to get away with unsavory motives.

9. You really can't sit around and do nothing.

Source: Bokifide

You need to take action for anything to happen.

10. Hold on to your parents.

Listen to your parents and never let go of the good things that they teach you.

11. Many of us can't handle the truth.

It’s easy to sweep things under the rug.

12. It pays to do your own thing.

This is why we shouldn’t get distracted.

13. They're both fat for the wrong reasons.

The rich eat too much, while the poor eat the cheapest things that often make them fat without making them healthy.

14. Manipulators often claim, "I'm just like you."

People will pretend to be just like everyone else in order to get to the top of the heap.

15. Parents have the power to clip their kids' wings.

Sometimes overprotective parents can pose the biggest challenge to their child’s dream.

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Artist Shares Emotional Comic About Finding Your Childhood Bully After Many Years

This is how bullying can haunt your life for years and years to come…

If you’ve ever been bullied as a child, you know the effects can stay with you for a long time. Harsh words and deeds can really scar the soul and there’s always the possibility that you’ll never forget the bad experience way into your adult years.

This is exactly what Meghan Lands has been through and she accurately captured how it feels like in a short comic. Now an artist, Meghan has “spent the last 20 years trying to forget her first 10.”

Despite that, the Canada-based illustrator recently took the time to look for her bully on Facebook and it made her realize and remember many things. Needless to say, it has been an emotional rollercoaster for her.

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Genius Photographer Shares Ridiculously Easy Trick To Make Your Photos Dreamy

You can do it anytime, anywhere – without needing Photoshop or any app.

Good photography requires more than having an expensive camera. While owning the right tools can definitely help, the most important factor would always be the skills of the photographer.

Case in point, you may have the fanciest cameras in town but that still wouldn’t be an advantage, unless you know how to use it well. There are certain tricks you have to learn to take your photography to the next level.

Fortunately, we can always learn from experienced shutterbugs. Take wedding photographer Mathias Fast, for instance, who took the time to share a quick, easy hack on how to add reflections to your pictures – without having to use Photoshop or other photo-editing apps.

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Disney Animator’s Comics Diary About Losing His Wife is Terribly Heartbreaking

Read the captions and try not to cry.

Losing a loved one can be a sad, traumatic experience. People deal with the grief differently and for this man, keeping a ‘doodle diary’ has been most helpful.

A former illustrator for Disney, Gary Andrews’ comics about losing his wife and living life as a single father of two is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. No wonder his work has made an impact to his numerous followers on social media.

In a BoredPanda feature, we learn that Gary began doing his comics-style journal entries back on his 54th birthday. He was happily married at the time and a father of two children.

Unfortunately, something tragic happened. His wife Joy got sick and they initially thought it was nothing but flu. It turned out, however, that it was actually sepsis and it eventually led to her passing.

Gary shared:

“From the minute Joy was admitted to hospital, specialists from every department tried to find out what was wrong. They couldn't have done more. It wasn't until the post-mortem that they narrowed it down to sepsis.”

Overwhelmed by his sadness, Gary later turned to his notebook and began pouring his emotions out on paper – by making artworks.

He recalled:

“I was crying so hard it was difficult to focus on the page. I was drawing through tears.

“Joy had been my soulmate for 19 years. She was beautiful, kind, generous and funny. We did everything together. When I lost her, I felt half of me had gone.”

Now his touching comics have captured the hearts of many on the internet.

Scroll down below and see for yourself. Read the captions and try not to cry!

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