I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy…

“My dad was so strong and positive, he overcame a lot of health issues in his life but the last year and half got really tough. It was a very hard time for the whole family as my father’s health deteriorated slowly to the last few weeks before he passed. I wanted to find a way to distract myself and to get away from reality. I always loved drawing. I remember when I was little, I would go into my own little world and draw for hours. My father passed away in May leaving a huge void behind, to try to fill it I spent more and more time drawing. I started focusing on funny and thought-provoking cartoons to cheer myself up, keeping out that dark place I’ve visited many times before. I would upload these minimalist sketches to my profile and send some of my favourites to different competitions. A couple of weeks ago, people started messaging me asking if they could buy some of my drawings. I was like, ‘God I can’t accept money for these, they’re just sketches’. I said to them, let me draw them again. I did my best using watercolours and they turned out very nice but still, I didn’t feel like they were good enough to accept money for. At the same time I heard about Pieta House’s Sound Effect campaign, I loved reading about people’s good deeds and I thought this is it, I’m going to put my paintings up and call them Darkness into Laughter, and maybe I could raise some money for a cause close to my heart. I put them up to my website for €5 a copy and in a couple of days, I raised 700 euros. I couldn’t believe it when I realised that I actually turned my grieving into art and turned my art into helping Pieta House. There is a quote from Robin Williams that really resonates with what I’m trying to do, he said: ‘I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.’”

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