Now Recharging

Chapter 3 Ordinary Day page 37

December 22nd, 2018, 6:44 pm
Messagebot Maiji: *fwip fwip*
Hey, it’s Ann. I meant to tell you,
there’s a market at the Art Park this week.
It’s one of our favourites. We used to go every year before she got sick.
Maybe your friend will like it?
Morio: Thank you for the suggestion.
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maiji December 22nd, 2018, 6:44 pm
The following was originally posted Feb 5, 2018, when this page first went up. Thank you to everyone who’s following this little passion project!

I’ve been thinking for a while about when and where best to do this, and even whether or not to do it at all and break the wall of the comic. To be honest, I still don’t have a good answer. But the end of Chapter 3.1 seems as good a time as any to pause and reflect.

Now Recharging isn’t intended to be a sombre story. Far from it! But one of the reasons I started writing it in the first place was to help me deal with my own fears about life - about existence and mortality. And, to learn. There’s so much we don’t know or understand about living and dying. I’m sure I’ve made mistakes and will continue to do so throughout this comic, and throughout the course of my life in general, but I’m committed to learn through the process.

As difficult as writing is, it’s relatively “easy” to talk about death in a fictional setting. In real life, it’s a billion times harder. It’s scary to really talk about death, to really think about death. Most of us don’t want to do it, for lots of very understandable reasons. But it’s not something unnatural or rare. It’s something we’re all going to do. If we can learn together, it can be less lonely and scary.

A few places to start, for anyone who may need it:

Death cafes - places around the world where “people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death […] in an accessible, respectful and confidential space”:
Talking about death and dying:
How to say good-bye when someone you love is dying:
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