Sharing a messy drawing from my sketchbook. After a lot of self-work and therapy, it was great to relearn how to climb outdoors again.
Thanks for reading. Connie on Ko-fi
[Color sketch of a cartoon girl with an orange helmet on, standing at the edge of a high cliff ledge, towards the rock face, belaying a climber with a rope, while raptors soar at eye level over the summer green of the Hudson Valley. The drawing is titled "Return to the Gunks.*" The caption below the drawing reads: "June 2022: I got to climb outside again for the first time in several years. I had to relearn everything all over. The biggest difference between now and then is that I don't hate myself anymore. I mean, I'm still no picnic, but it's forgivable." Sketchbook illustration by Connie Sun, cartoonconnie, 2022. *Note: Gunks is short for Shawangunk Mountains, a popular climbing area in Upstate New York.]
Connie, to be honest nobody is much of a picnic on the inside. Some are just better at hiding it than others. And those are the people you have to be wary of (politicians, car salesmen and other professional liars).
Anna is right, as she often is. I celebrate your returning to something you love and your new sense of self which you see as an improvement over the past. I loved the photo as well.
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