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Why Am I Such A Failure?

Death’s Week Part 3: The Death Garden

2013 Mental Health Humor - Death Garden - Chato StewartHere is the 3rd installment cartoon featuring the character: Death. As I remember the folklore about the Grim Reaper …that whatever he touched dies. But what if it didn’t, but grew and was alive, would that make him a failure?!

Failing is not a bad thing if you can learn from it and improve on it. It’s doing *”the same thing over and over and expecting different results” that is a failure to learn.

If we can learn from our errors, then we can grow and expand our horizons of recovery. Relapsing is not a failure. It’s all part of the process of being well. Think about it: if you get the flu, are you a failure for getting sick? Even if you got your flu shot, you still can get different strains of the flu. If you wash your hands a zillion times and your perfume reaks of Purell, that does not mean you still can’t get the flu. The same goes for relapses with mental illness.

In fact, just last month a famous mental heath activist from a galaxy far, far away (Carrie Fisher) had a public melt down. It was quickly fixed with an adjustment of meds from what I read. Now she seems to be back on the recovery road.

The fact is I could write about hundreds of famous people that had very public crises and came back stronger – are they all failures?  Of course not, and neither are we if we get sucked into a relapse.

2013 Mental Health Humor - Death Garden - Chato Stewart


Book: [Death 101: Touch Of Death]
Death: I’m such a failure!
Caption: Death Garden
Cartoon Extra: If you’re thinking Death kind of has the shape of a Smurf, you’re smurftasticly correct, but don’t be a wise smurf about it.

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* Quote is mostly attributed to Albert Einstein but is disputed by others as being said  and copy written in 1981 by author Rita Mae Brown.

Why Am I Such A Failure?

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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Stewart, C. (2013). Why Am I Such A Failure?. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 14, 2019, from


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