Just because animated characters are confined to the limitations of the television screen, it doesn’t make their presence any less real. As one of the hundreds of millions of avid television viewers becoming interested – and then consequentially hooked – on the cartoons gracing our screens on a daily basis, I can honestly say I find a lot of the characters around today very relatable.
Take Homer Simpson. He is far from the brightest crayon in the box, but his core values remain constant. His heart is in the right place. Similar to that of Peter Griffin from Family Guy, his focus is on protecting his nearest and dearest, despite actually being the person putting them in situations of torment through his acts of buffoonery (anyone remember the time he barricaded his family in a bedroom upon believing Lisa’s dream about the boogeyman was real…?) Yet, we love him anyway.
And how about Felix the Cat? Developed in the silent era, this character successfully made the infamously difficult transition to sound, following the birth of Mickey Mouse in 1936. He was even selected to be the mascot for Strike Fighter Squadron 31. So why was he so popular? A playful little cat, he brought joy to audiences by embedding important values throughout his childish play. “A champion never lets anything stand in his way,” he would say while getting up to his countless acts of mischief.
So what is standing in your way? You find yourself sinking financially, considering the need to file for bankruptcy…what is stopping you?
Perhaps it is fear of the unknown? Many cartoon characters display acts of remarkable strength, both physically and mentally. Admitting you are struggling financially is not a weakness. It is a strength! And in taking that first step, you are one step closer to that ‘unknown’ – a brighter financial future. Nothing scary about that! Do what is best for you, even when it seems that the world is against you. Like the cute but deadly Powerpuff Girls say in the face of adversity, “We fight crime. That’s what we do! Duh.”
Maybe it is the stigma attached to bankruptcy that is causing you concern? “What are people going to think of me if I file?”Well. The value of true friendship is that no matter what, you have a solid support network. No financial struggle is going to cost you that friendship, and your foundations are so secure that their opinions of you will not change. The tales of Winnie the Pooh were littered with this sentiment. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard,” he would say of his enviable friendships in the Hundred Acre Wood. When Winnie said he wasn’t feeling himself, Piglet said, “There there. I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.” No matter what you are going through, your true friends will be there for you, by your side. “I wonder what Piglet is doing,” thought Pooh. “I wish I were there to be doing it, too.” Do you have your own Piglet? Tell them your struggles. A burden shared is a burden halved.
The messages embedded within cartoon storytelling stretch far and wide. Take Snow White. She was such a lovable Disney character. Coming from humble beginnings, she proves that you too can have your happy ending, and that your present situation – whether it be financial or otherwise – is not permanent. Just be true to yourself, and you can determine your own future. Don’t want to be struggling financially anymore, and up to your knees in debt? Then you can change it! Start looking for EOUST-approved providers of Credit Counseling to get on the path to discharging your debts and living a happier, more careful life – leaving you more time to enjoy the simpler things, such as singing to woodland creatures and cleaning up after your seven messy house-mates. Hi-ho!