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Life's A Chibi: The absence of happiness by o-kemono Life's A Chibi: The absence of happiness by o-kemono
I haven't done any personal art for a while, nor a Life's A Chibi illustration I can truly post. Its not the best, but I feel like its something that expresses itself. A lot has been on my mind and for the past few months, I've been very depressed. I decided to draw something related to how I feel.

" Everyone has a jar of joyful jelly: its swirling vibrant colors remains you of the happiness you have and cherish. They share their jars, admiring the colorful display they hold. While they enjoy their positivity, you sit alone, your jar empty. You try to see if there is any left in your jar; a droplet, a sparkle, a trickle of remaining color. You want to see the happiness you hold, but you come to terms that you have just a normal empty jar, a jar that no one cares to see. No happiness, no joy, no colorful emotions. All that you have is just an empty void and loneliness.

Someone comes along and sees your empty jar. With their own personal jar, filled to the brim with happiness, they sit down right beside you and takes the time to pour of of their colors into your empty jar. They wish to share some of their positivity with you, even if it means sacrificing some of theirs. You now have some happiness in your jar. It is not much, but the fact that someone took the time to share some of their own with you means so much to you. May it help you start your way on refilling your jar. "


Depression sucks. It really does. Everyone has it, more than the other. Depressed people handle and express it differently. If you know someone who has an empty jar, take the time to refill it without completely draining your own. Share the happiness together.


artwork © 2016 Alex Cockburn
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:iconinlelendri:
InleLendri Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So very true, so very poignant. A very sweet metaphor for a very hard subject. Thank you.
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Ranki-Chee Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017   General Artist
Very thought-provoking :)
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Koushoku-jin Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:tighthug:   It's that simple message of sharing that got me to love this -- well made, and a great work :heart:
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Knarloc Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016
Really love the art style you have going here. Hope to see more of it.
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CreativeRisk Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
holy crap....this cut right to my heart! you very simply expressed the comic to create sadness and sympathy. Great things can come from simplicity. good job!!!
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CocoaTheOmega Featured By Owner Edited Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you.... ; ~ ; ) for making this ofcourse....
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TimothyIllusion Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016
; w ; So cute and so nice I love this
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Blazefan3669 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  Student Writer
This is so sad...  I would straight up swap jars with him.  I don't feel right being happy if I know someone else isn't.
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CrazyHorseLover345 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm totally not crying now.... Waaaah! 
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Vulpine-Jessica Featured By Owner Edited Jun 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
hugs you*  I find that the happiness in my jar increases, at least a little, when I sit with someone else, and give of myself.   It tends to be less of a sacrifice knowing that I have taken the time to make someone else feet even a little bit better.  I even usually find that spending that time does more to increase the happiness in my jar than anything I did earlier that day.  ^!^
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jenny-theanimator Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god, that's so adorable and sweet?
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:iconnightfall-fox:
Nightfall-fox Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Student Digital Artist
*sniff...*
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arcadunato Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
so emotion, very share, much happy.+favlove 
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:iconrusfish:
RusFish Featured By Owner May 8, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I'm a man! I should be cold and brutal!.....
But this is SO touching!! My heart is melted XD
You've done a fantastic work!! :D
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ElrokFoxx Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
this is beautiful. i feel this relates to many people, even myself. 
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:iconantcow:
antcow Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
Ow! I can relate to this :/
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:iconwolfian:
wolfian Featured By Owner May 6, 2016
Yup, that's accurate. Thank you for expressing yourself, it really helps!
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Vahldeer Featured By Owner May 6, 2016
Independent from your art style, I admire the messages that you choose to send.

Society is about finding out how to put people into places where they will succeed and be happy. We worry too much about if we're "good enough" - most skill will come in time, just try and see, and be willing to keep that going forever. You don't have to feel a fire in your belly, you don't have to feel ambitious... all that matters is the doing. So reach out to the people around you, help find the best place for you, and help others find those places in return.
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silvanoir Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist
sorry to hear about that.

not sure if it will help... but you can make a real-life glitter jar!  www.dumpyourfrump.com/2011/09/…
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Shark-Demon Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww! :heart:
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DanDrazen Featured By Owner May 5, 2016   Writer
It's one thing to have the blues and just be down generally; being depressed, keeping company with the black dog, is something else again. Either way, you still need booster people in your life.
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LeonPaws516 Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwwww ;w;
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 5, 2016
One can sometimes feel as if one is relying too much on other people's happiness-handouts though, to the point where one begins to wonder if maybe other people would be happier if they didn't keep having to give those handouts, and one might wonder whether one is being selfish and should not have friends at all.
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thechroniclesofcriss Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
cute.
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LipsterLeo Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the reminder.  Hug 
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ElektraStarstorm Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Student General Artist
Great comic with an even greater message. Well done!
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Gamer48 Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
It's sooooooooo adorable <3
I love your art <3
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Draco56 Featured By Owner May 4, 2016   Writer
Very cute. :)
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MistingWolf Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's adorable and making me cry. Q_Q
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Katiria-the-Cat Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I hate depression..I hate everyday fight with yourself..it's so tiring.. :(
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:iconlonelyabyss:
Lonelyabyss Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Student General Artist
This is really sweet. 
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TheCuriousKit Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful.  Depression is difficult to handle, and very real, and it can take a lot of patience to help someone with depression sometimes.  A friend who is willing to weather your worst moments and share their happiness with you is one to treasure forever.
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Keyotea Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Sharing is caring.
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TheVexingFox Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your work is very uplifting ^^ thank you for that
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:iconxcronic:
Xcronic Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your stuff sure is therapeutic and very powerful. Excellent work
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Guil-hedgehog Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is extremely relatable
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Blademarker716 Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
Tugging at my heart strings, omg. ;w; Such a cute piece!
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sweetymimy22 Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
the first part is super sad . i cried literally
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TripplePoint Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
this actually happened in my life... it is so beautiful 
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Aegis-L Featured By Owner Edited May 4, 2016
My goodness...
Your drawing made me cry a little bit.
Thanks a lot for sharing it.
I...am sure you will get better. I wish you the very best of luck.
I lately have been depressed too.
But...seing drawings and spending time on dA and FA helps me relieving the stress and pain.
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Fnafdoodle Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, that's so cute and sad at the same time!!
I love it!! <3
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