This is one of the comics that did really well on social media, especially Tumblr. Lots of adolescents were relating pretty hard, which was as flattering as it was comforting. I think it's still being shared among the reblogs of the internets. I hope it brings others some support if they're going through a rough time.
I tend to see this whole collection of comics in two separate parts, even though each post is a one-off. This marks the "end" of "Part 1." I made this one right before my previous relationship ended, and with it, several friendships ended, too. I was in a tough place in terms of my confidence level and social life, to say the very least. Not to mention the stress of having to pick up the pieces and move to a new apartment. I haven't actually seen this image in awhile until I started building this website this year, and upon seeing it again, I've recalled how shitty I felt back then. Damn, that was a horrible time. However, as cliched as it sounds, I found out who my real friends are. And that's important because it's the healthy relationships that give you the perspective you need.
I'm glad it's 2017. And I'm here, in a new life and a new place. On the one hand, I wish some of my former friends were around to see how far I've come. On the other hand, I'm grateful to be surrounded by a group of strong and loving people who are here to help me succeed. People come and go from your life for a reason and it's important to embrace that reality. It's amazing how things can change for the better when you work hard to learn to love yourself.
But, ya know. It takes time, and patience, and a LOT of work. I'm not there yet, but I'm a lot closer than I was three years ago. Don't ever be afraid to reach out, because help is a lot closer than you think.