My Spirit Animal Is Charlie Brown – The Lovable Loser Complex
There are certain characters we all know – and, dare I say, love – that are losers. Lovable losers. Charlie Brown springs to mind. If ever a character were to be my token it would most likely be him…
Good ol’ Chuck Brown is a lovable loser. His life is full of good griefs and constant feelings of inferiority. Hello. Nail hit right on the head.
But there’s a lot of miserable characters out there I see myself in. Squidward, from Spongebob, for two.
From what I know he’s a miserable squid who dislikes everyone. Soooo me.
But people love these characters. Why? Because they relate to them. Yea, sure, everyone prefers to talk about sunshine, rainbows and kittens (lol, kittens) but I think i have embraced my inner storm cloud. I proudly wear my Grumpy Care Bear stare.
Everyone wants an escape from who they are. Proof they are not the asshole they seem to be, but hey… why not embrace the asshole and be OK with being that jerk? If I remember correctly, Charlie Brown is surrounded by his friends at the end of Charlie Brown Christmas, even after he got a crappy Christmas tree, because they were his real friends. Even though he’s a grumbler and a complainer he’s still a good person.
Fake it til you make it, sure. But sometimes you just need to call it like you see it. Some people suck. Some things aren’t fun. Sometimes complaining is good for the heart. There’s a negative to every positive, that’s just how life works. Every thorn has roses, but every rose also has thorns.
Not everyone gets to be an astronaut when they grow up. Someone people have to mop up the adult theatre. Them’s the breaks.
But there’s a difference between losers and lovable losers. We all love Charlie Brown. He wouldn’t be so iconic if he didn’t have at least a glimmer of sweetness to him.
Everything has cracks. That’s how the light gets in.