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Nov 23, 2011

The weight of things



44 comments:

Deborah said...

You help me live a better life... Thanx Alex! =*

BigLord said...

I totally understand what this comic is about. I wish I had your lifestyle :( I feel way too attached to my home right now. It's not even my own.

xlayn said...

Do not stop never doing you drawings....
Sometimes we think because never get back a response or feedback on our work nobody notice it but that's part of human nature (their laziness).
So I'm here posting a comment to let you know that I find your work inspiring as it told a history, a point of view, a piece of your soul.
This particular one is so true.
Y por tu nombre y el hecho de que mencionas espania supongo hablas espaniol.
Sigue haciendo tu tira comica, a mucha gente nos encanta!
Saludos!
Best regards!

Alain

Kuro said...

Excellent comic like always. If I may, the transitive passive verb 'raised' is likely what you intend by the word 'rised' in frame 7. Again, great comic.

manu3mp said...

Muchas gracias por tus tiras Alex,siempre me hacen pensar sobre mi propia vida y experiencias. Desde luago tienes una hermosa capacidad para hacer llegar un mensaje a las personas, sea o sea esa tu intención.

Un saludo desde Barcelona :)

Iara said...

emocionante

Chila said...

como dicen los cafe tacvba... un día lo perdí todo y lo recuperé, podría volver a hacerlo una y otra vez con tal de seguir siendo yo

Mateus said...

These are great stories and comics! I subscribe to the RSS feed so I don't come here a lot, but it's always really nice!! :)

sarah dargie said...

Teehee. This is what I've been going through. For the first time in my life my belongings are manageable and can fit in two cases. All I need is my laptop, wallet and passport and I am happy. Thanks! :)

JuJu Zitroni said...

after reading this i want to go home (i´m at my boyfriends house right now) and start throwing stuff away.
i´m also very attatched to my things, and i think its because i´m also attatched to my home.
i am 22 and still live with my parents but i want to move out next year.
it makes me sad because at one side i really want to live by my own and i don´t feel like its my home anymore (i know thats normal and healthy) but on the other side is my home the only one i ever knew (we never moved) and i am really afraid that i will never find another place that i can really call a home.
i think thats why i hold on to my stuff, even though i really feel the weight of it pushing me down.

thanks for your comic, best wishes from germany
Judith

Bb said...

Hace poco pasé por el mismo proceso y tengo miedo ahora de llenar los rincones con nuevos objetos. Gracias!!!

Noelia said...

Es una buena reflexión.

Lila said...

alguns comentam em espanhol, será que também entende português?

your work is so amazing and touching, it inspires me many, many times, and I totally agree with xlayn´s coment

congratulations

artika maya said...

as deborah said: You help me live a better life.

thanks for sharing alex :)

Rob Cham said...

I love you

azreenChan said...

An inspirational talk!
Kudos.

Will try to do so too.

Lucy said...

This is amazing...

Mike said...

This is my life lately. I am losing a huge house that I've owned for 30 years, and it is FULL of stuff. My girlfriend and I have been sorting through it, giving things away, throwing things away, several hours a day for months.

I can now see an end to all this extra stuff.

It feels SO good.

The things that I need only for memories I am taking digital pictures of. The memories will hold onto a few megabytes as well as to the bulk.

brent said...

i love you

David Henderson said...

Memory is a strange thing. We generally think of it as unchanging, like a file in a cabinet or in a computer's hard-drive. But it's not. Each time a memory is recalled it is actively reformed and affected by other information and experiences. As a result memories are not always accurate or reliable.

That is why drawings, writings, and photos are so important. They do not change in the same way.

Totally makes sense that your uncle would destroy his drawings from his war period.

Kanjidude said...

Beautiful and well written. This cartoon would fit nicely on any blog about Minimalism. :) I have recently started to cut down on my unnecessary possessions as well, trying to find a sense of lightness and freedom.

Miss Minimalist (http://www.missminimalist.com/) and Zen Habits (http://zenhabits.net/) are excellent places to start, if minimalism interests you.

Marina said...

Somehow, you always touch my heart. And what you said about the stuff we keep, I can't agree more.

Black Scorpion said...

:) beautiful :)

FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com said...

This is exactly everything my www.everydayminimalist.com blog is all about.

Thank you!

gogi said...

I don't remember how I came to add your blog to my Google reader feed, but I've been following it a long time. You've put down stuff I've smiled about, laughed about, reflected on. Some I just glanced over, others have made me stop and think.

I finally had to come to your page and write this comment as I think that this post is the one that has resonated most with me and hence, to me this is your best work till date.

Keep up the good work.
love from India
cheers
gogi

Darius Damalakas said...

IMO there is a syntax error somewhere..

"i was rised with three other siblings.."
should be "i was raised with "...

Maria said...

I love this one! Thanks for telling your story. I have many times felt the same way about my things, I feel strongly connected, but still very burdened by them. You inspire me to do something about it.

Flora Moreno de Thompson said...

I had to get rid of almost all of my stuff when I moved abroad and it felt so liberating. I thought I would miss my things, but I really don't. Living light is a great way to go. It clears space for the things that really matter.

Seyhan Çelik said...

This made me realize that the reason I tend to hold onto my possessions might be that I'm actually completely alone.

ana_alice said...

lagriminhas aqui. thank you :)

Nasrin Modak said...

This one's your best. You have no idea through your work how many hearts you've touched and souls you've inspired.

Keep going.

Adrián Pérez Herrera said...

Beautiful post! Congrats ;)

Sam Mills said...

This post is one we can all relate to. It gives me hope to know that change is possible. Why do I have so many old clothes in my room that the wardrobes won't close and why do I call my bedroom floor my 'floordrobe'? Why did I bag up my old duvet and store it when I bought a new one? Why have I two computer printers in my bedroom? I paid for these things so they must have a value. I think i'll have to think. You made me think!!!

Gnolmik said...

Thank you. I needed this so much. This is so much like me. I simply hang on to things because they help me to recollect. But all I want now is to be free.

Max B. said...

Alex, i have to say i love your comics. considering how much people can relate to such peculiar ideas or concepts that no one really observes in there everyday life! can't wait to see your next comic. very inspiring!

Kathy said...

This is my first visit to your blog. I arrived here thanks to Everyday Minimalist. I will definitely be back. Thanks for your inspiring work.

Pascal Forget said...

Thank you for that beautiful comic.

T. Roger Thomas said...

Fantastic comic!

D. said...

You're brilliant, Noriega!
You bring light to our days.

LifeisGood said...

come to my blog for random thoughts :)
hehe i enjoy reading your comics is very interesting!

Rae said...

Wow, thanks for this. I hope I can share this on my blog and share your message. Thanks again.

Tetra said...

Is there anyone that this comic doesn't (or didn't) apply to?

Anna Jonko said...

Hi Alex!

I Love your comics - i'm big fan of iris work too actually, you two make laugh and think about a lot of things in my days!

I never left a comment, because i'm always in a hurry, but today, reading this comic, i felt really touched. Right now i'm having a lot changes in my life and getting rid of this "mountain" of stuff that i collected over the years. Presentes, papers, old drawings, books, magazines, clothes, stuff from art college...
Anyway, i just wanna say thank you.
Thanks for sharing your experience trough your art. I'm really happy seeing that a person whose work i admire has passed through the same experiences I'm having now.

Keep drawing, Alex!

:)

Anna

evelyn tea said...

<3 So true...

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