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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