What’s the goal of life – one of life’s biggest mysteries. And leave it to Audrey O. to begin finding the simplest answers to them. Discover her finding purpose in life, in happiness and sadness.

Hey! Not all days are happy. Isn’t this the life’s biggest truth, that is often not discussed. Sadness is as much a part of life as happiness is, and yet it’s sometimes overlooked, stigmatized, especially by commercial cinema, media, especially fashion magazines! And isn’t that why we love Audrey O. So real and raw she is, that sometimes we hate how much we can relate to her!

Audrey O. (Vol.2 E2) – Finding Purpose in Life

audrey-o-happiness-sadness-together finding purpose in life goal of lifeI made this comic as a single sketch first, that I published on Audrey O.’s Instagram page. However, I was surprised at the amount of criticism it received. “Why is she sad?” everyone kept asking me, even though sad Audrey is something we’ve seen countless times throughout this comic series. And that left me wondering, why does sadness have to be associated with negativity all the time?

Occasional sadness is not an indicator of one’s overall happiness. In fact, you’ll find that most fully functioning adults experience occasional sadness, and it’s only natural. Even mentally healthy. For those who can’t experience joy and sadness have often forgotten to live. This is a topic I recently dealt with in my article: What is Happiness & Why is It Elusive? Can You Choose Happiness?

Audrey O. isn’t afraid to show her emotions. We’ve seen her cry, be angry, be lazy, be bored, elated and express it all! Well, maybe we only see her exaggerated emotions ’cause I draw them so! But either way, don’t be afraid of sadness. Instead, let it help you understand what makes you happy. Let it help you appreciate joy. And let it help you finding purpose in life.

So today’s comic was a little different, but I hope you enjoyed it. It wasn’t funny like the other episodes, but I hope it helps you in finding purpose in life. 🙂

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Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That's how it evolved over centuries and that's how it's been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives. Shilpa's work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times. Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book "Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India". Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email contact@shilpaahuja.com

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