WHEN I WAS A KID
A charming collection of black and white drawings and handwritten narratives that depict short stories from Boey’s childhood growing up in Malaysia. This graphic novel is filled with stories of surviving school, siblings, and parents from a time when the world was seen simply as black and white. “When I Was a Kid” is dedicated to the forgotten child in all of us. These are tales of imaginary heroes; lies that adults like to tell children; and of the dangerous mix of boredom with curiosity. Boey’s stories appeal widely to anyone who might long for a more innocent time when, as little kids, we all had stories we promised never to tell our parents. For many years, TED Award recipient Boey has entertained a handful of readers with good taste through his daily blog (www.iamboey.com).
"Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty."
—from Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
"… it feels so great finally to dive into the water; maybe you splash around and flail for a while, but at least you’re in. Then you start doing whatever stroke you can remember how to do, and you get this scared feeling inside you—of how hard it is and how far there is to go—but you’re still in, and you’re afloat, and you’re moving."
—from Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott