“Just stop drowning, just stop drowning…”

– A helpful alternative if the first doesn’t work out for you

Among Pixar Films, or even animated films in general, Finding Nemo was never one I cared much for – I like it well enough but nothing about it has actually stuck around with me. Though I don’t remember when, I started thinking about Dory’s “Just keep swimming” mantra as a joke about how everyone has been dealing with 2020. And then I started saying it ironically to myself. Then it unironically became a legitimately helpful thing to say to myself when I was feeling too lazy/tired to do things.

At the end of the day, I’m just happy that the actions and behaviors I adopted ironically are actually healthy coping mechanisms and not… well… fascism or something.

– James