The Stories We Tell

Sorry there was no post last week. It was an…interesting week, that I want to tell you all about. But i really need to wait to see how it all shakes out and there’s a lot of things to process with it. It left me thinking about the stories we tell, and how they form our self image.

When I first started blogging, long ago, I did a weekly “illustrated status update” called Daily Life. Eventually it changed to more of a comic strip, and then after the girls were born it became Life With Girls, the story of a stay at home dad with daughters, who does craft shows and roller derby. There are so many good, funny…warm stories that happen in and around the normal day-to-day, and it was good for me to stop and think about those little things regularly. I didn’t realize though quite how edited and curated I presented myself until I was talking to my friends Josh and Leighton one day. Both friends are online friends, I met them through work with Hex Games and we follow each other on Facebook and Instagram. We only see each other In Real Life twice a year when we go to the same gaming convention.

This day, we were talking about something, and I made an off-color joke. Basically a dirty pun. Josh looked at me and said, “Did you just say what I think you said? Surely not, you’re charming family man, Jeffrey Johnson!”

So much of our identity gets wrapped up in how we choose to present ourselves online. And it’s scary to open up about some of the awful, and painful things that happen in our lives. That vulnerability is terrifying because people know us one way, and it feels like admitting that there is more is calling ourselves liars. I’m still working, still creating, still making stories, but it’s slowed as I’ve been forced to come to grips with that idea a little. 

On the upside of last week, I got this piece done for the Science Center show and it was super well received. I enjoyed the work, and would like to do more of these “field journal” style prints in the near future. 

I have another show today, and am trying to plow through a mountain of work before I leave, so I’m going to leave it here for now. Thanks for stopping in, I appreciate each and every one of you so much.

Until next week, take care and be good.
Your friend,
Jeffrey

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