9 comics about the busyness of modern-day life (and how to find some peace).

Life moves fast.


GIFs from "HumanKinda" by JetBlue.

Sometimes (often) it feels like there's not enough time to do all the things we need to do.

(Thank goodness for coffee.)

Illustrator Gemma Correll, who you might know from her adorable pug comics, created nine comics about the busyness of life.

The series was commissioned by JetBlue for the launch of the new short film "HumanKinda" (scroll down to see the trailer). JetBlue considers itself "the airline whose mission is to inspire humanity and wants you to keep yours."

The main question the series is addressing: Are we losing our humanity to the busyness of everyday life?

Correll was a natural fit to answer that question, drawing on her own life experiences to create the comics. "I am, and have always been, a very 'busy' person who does too much, thinks too much, and doesn't take enough time out for herself," she told me.

I'll bet more than a few people can relate to that feeling — and to these comics, as well.

1. We're often thinking about a thing or two or ... 100?

All comics by Gemma Correll, commissioned by JetBlue for "HumanKinda." Shared here with permission.

2. We have just a few thoughts before bed.

3. Our minds are often elsewhere.

4. Our much-needed downtime is the perfect opportunity to multitask. Wait...

5. We use electronics from the minute we wake up until the minute we fall asleep.

So, what can we do about it?

6. Listen to the cat, obviously.

7. Take a real vacation.

8. Limit multitasking.

What if these were our goals?

9. Meet goals, collect rewards!

Funny ... yet very real-life, huh? "I love to draw images that are a bit silly and quirky to underpin things that are actually quite serious," Correll told me. "I honestly believe that the best way to deal with real life is to laugh at it."

A lot of us are juggling too much at once. It's usually necessary to keep our lives going, but what if we could scale back the few things that aren't absolutely necessary?

You can watch this teaser for a new film about the whole lot of life we've got going on. If you like it, click through to the full 16-minute short film.

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When Molly Reeser was a student at Michigan State University, she took a job mucking horse stalls to help pay for classes. While she was there, she met a 10-year-old girl named Casey, who was being treated for cancer, and — because both were animal lovers — they became fast friends.

Two years later, Casey died of cancer.

"Everyone at the barn wanted to do something to honor her memory," Molly remembers. A lot of suggestions were thrown out, but Molly knew that there was a bigger, more enduring way to do it.

"I saw firsthand how horses helped Casey and her family escape from the difficult and terrifying times they were enduring. I knew that there must be other families who could benefit from horses in the way she and her family had."

Molly approached the barn owners and asked if they would be open to letting her hold a one-day event. She wanted to bring pediatric cancer patients to the farm, where they could enjoy the horses and peaceful setting. They agreed, and with the help of her closest friends and the "emergency" credit card her parents had given her, Molly created her first Camp Casey. She worked with the local hospital where Casey had been a patient and invited 20 patients, their siblings and their parents.

The event was a huge success — and it was originally meant to be just that: a one-day thing. But, Molly says, "I believe Casey had other plans."

One week after the event, Molly received a letter from a five-year-old boy who had brain cancer. He had been at Camp Casey and said it was "the best day of his life."

"[After that], I knew that we had to pull it off again," Molly says. And they did. Every month for the next few years, they threw a Camp Casey. And when Molly graduated, she did the most terrifying thing she had ever done and told her parents that she would be waitressing for a year to see if it might be possible to turn Camp Casey into an actual nonprofit organization. That year of waitressing turned into six, but in the end she was able to pull it off: by 2010, Camp Casey became a non-profit with a paid staff.

"I am grateful for all the ways I've experienced good luck in my life and, therefore, I believe I have a responsibility to give back. It brings me tremendous joy to see people, animals, or things coming together to create goodness in a world that can often be filled with hardships."

Camp Casey serves 1500 children under the age of 18 each year in Michigan. "The organization looks different than when it started," Molly says. "We now operate four cost-free programs that bring accessible horseback riding and recreational services to children with cancer, sickle cell disease, and other life-threatening illnesses."

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