“People at school make fun of me all the time”
“They say I’m ugly”
“They say I’m too tall”
“That I’ll never find a boyfriend”
“I wish I was different”
“Other girls are prettier”
“Guys don’t like tall girls”
Since I started tallncurly.com back in 2012, I got many emails sent by young girls who are – to say the least – not happy. These past two weeks alone I got four messages from four girls who all basically asked me the same thing: “How am I going to survive being different.”
I always take time to answer these messages because I can relate so easily, so I did, but then I thought about all the girls who stop by my blog – maybe after they’ve typed “I’m too tall I’ll never find a boyfriend” or “I hate my hair” or “People say I’m ugly” in Google (Yes, I unfortunately often see these kind of terms in my stats) – but who don’t send me a message and who maybe don’t have anyone to talk to. God knows that I know how teenage can be lonely.
So I thought I would create a series of comics to illustrate what I generally answer to these girls, just because it’s the kind of things I wish someone would have told me when I was their age. 🙂
So here’s the first two ones: “High School” and “Words and Cactuses” 😉
This was amazing.
YES! That is soooo true. So so true. Thank you Tall N Curly for giving me inspiration! School is so hard for me in this way and I needed this SO MUCH! I love your comics – I read them over and over again because they always have meaning and truth.
Skippy Poku says
That was awesome. It definetly gave me a flashback. Other kids/teens suck! But those rules are golden!
jheri o. says
I love this:-)
If you have an old cactus or two sitting around the trick is to dig ’em up and slice off the needles. Then you can cook them in any number of dishes. Cactus is really delicious as a food and then you don’t have to give it to anyone. But it takes work, so the best trick is to just don’t bother with taking it,
*tears up* It’s always sad to hear how much girls internalize that sort of thing. Words have power. You can try to walk away from those words that come from the dark side, but it’s hard. Words of light should be nourished and this is a great way of looking at it. Thanks for giving teenage me a little bit of extra love.
And for teenage YOU, I will point out how awesome you are. You’re the type of strong woman who helps me be a strong woman. Here! Have a daisy of coolness.
LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! “Words & Cactuses” does not just apply to hair, but can be used to for bullying [high schools & work offices (the adult world can be just as cruel too — especially for introverts like me). You have made my day and week. I truly hope a national newspaper or magazine (like Ebony or Essence) sees your work and give you a contract. Your comics are more than just funny…they are meaningful, beautiful, and moving. God Bless you on sharing your humour and artwork!!! Thanks!
Oh gosh. This is amazing. I wish someone had showed me something like this when I was in school (too many years ago). It would have really helped. I will show this to my teenager and almost teenager. Thank you so much. Really.
I recently read a book about life lessons, one life lesson was to give compliments.
So therefore, I loved this piece, trying very hard every day to not pay attention to cactusses, may you keep on inspiring many young girls!
You know, TC, this would be most excellent for ALL high school kids. You are very wise.
Tall N Curly says
You got me 🙂 Subtly – or not – talking to all the cactuses out there 😉
There must be a lot of onions in my office because my eyes are watering…
thank you for this. it is perfect.
Tall N Curly says
Thank you so much ^_^ <3