All Ears: What’s the Most Important Life Lesson You’ve Ever Learned?

Life, man. Sometimes it can feel like an abstract puzzle where none of the pieces are edge pieces. And in this crazy game of existence, we all learn life lessons from the good times, the bad times, the ugly times, and the hangry times all wrapped up together in an existential burrito. Everyone’s got a life lesson to share, and sometimes vicariously reading through the learnings of others can help us figure out where we’re going ourselves. That’s why we asked a few of our best-selling artists of June to tell us about the most important life lesson they’ve ever learned (no pressure). Read their answers below, and check out their amazing work while you’re at it!

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Funkalicious” by Christopher Golebiowski.

The best life lesson I’ve ever learned… that’s so hard to pinpoint. It’s all an amalgamation of experiences leading up to the experience of ‘now’ for me.

Acknowledged & understood mistakes just act as prerequisites for learning, big and small. Not encouraging, but embracing mistakes might be my best lesson. Haha, a bit dry, maybe. Here’s a good funk song.


Christopher Golebiowski 
Ramen and Cats” by Pepe Rodriguez.

One of the best lessons hard to learn was the time in life is too short; you must take risks and do what you love and be less serious about adulting. Never lose the capacity to see the world through a child’s eyes. A few years ago, I quit my job to try to survive making doodles, t-shirts, and freelance design and I have no regrets. The second best lesson was if you travel to the past, don’t touch anything!!!



Pepe Rodriguez
Not Today” by Fox Shiver

A few years ago, I took my savings and moved far away from home. I think I would never have started drawing or writing had I stayed at my parents’ house. So looking back, moving out and living alone was my best lesson.



Fox Shiver
Rabbit Hole” by Ross Zietz.

You come up with the best ideas either in the shower or moments before you fall asleep. So shower and nap often!



Ross Zietz
Many Lands Under One Sun” by Rick Crane.


The past has been and gone. The future never comes. The only time is now.



The Paper Crane (This quote is a design in his Artist Shop!)
The Hanging City” by Tang Yau Hoong.


Sometimes I can arrive at the right destination by taking the wrong path.


Yau Hoong Tang
Purple Rain” by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira.


One of the big lessons I have learned from life is “don’t steal Taurus’ food”. Seriously.



Rodrigo Ferreira
Beach Stack” by Airic.

The best life lesson I’ve learned? Kid stuff. The answer is to be the frickin’ chief always in everything, including good posture and ground game. That. Or to help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.


That’s just the rough draft answer but it can be the final for now. So many tons of dang hours went into it.



The Great Ramen Off Kanagawa” by Ilustrata.

Never stop having fun with the activities that you love. When you start to work on a thing you love – like we did with drawing – it’s important to keep in mind that very early good sensation you’ve felt while you were a child drawing Dragonball‘s characters after school. Don’t miss this sensation or it will became just a job.




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Carlyn Hill

Dad joke aficionado, cartoonist, & contributor for sites like HelloGiggles and The Mary Sue by night. When I'm not writing or drawing, you can find me in my cave of a room hanging out with my boyfriend, Netflix.