Love tends to be a vulnerable emotion, especially in its purest state, because when we're in love we become more susceptible to harm. Many songs have taught us that the best thing we can do to overcome a breakup is to let life surprise us, since we don't need to expect anything from anyone.
Songs like Journey's "Separate Ways" are really valuable; nowadays saying "I love you" means the same as "hello." In romantic terms, there's no longer an emotional load, as it was some years ago, when the digital era hadn't completely ensnared us. Yes, technology is partly responsible for the diluted emotions that are expressed in shortened words and flat emojis.
Instant messages and emojis have destroyed the illusion of waiting to see our loved ones. Now, relationships fade away very quickly and come to a close for whatever reason; in other words, teen romances from the past are the mature relationships of the present. Isn't it a pity?
As any artist who portrays this reality, Debby Woo shows, through modern and sensitive illustrations, how love is worn out by routine. Her drawings tell us the story of a girl who has suffered, like most of us, the unfortunate consequences of a love that has faded without any explanation or warning.
Not everything is lost. Life goes on after a breakup, and there are many ways to overcome heartbreak. After ending a relationship, no matter how long it lasted, we face a mourning process where we only want to go back in time and be happy again with the person we thought completed us.
Debby Woo shows us there's something else after love; when a relationship is over, we always get the opportunity to know ourselves a little bit better. The free time we get after a breakup is the one we must employ to focus on our feelings and thoughts in order to prioritize all the important things we tend to forget.
It really doesn't matter how we love; the important thing is to know how to keep it alive and shelter it from the vanity that lurks in social media. When this feeling fades, it happens for a reason, and we must learn from it to grow and thrive. You cannot suppress things and keep a blind eye to the wounds that are yet to heal, just as you take care of your physical health, you must treasure your mental wellbeing. Don't blame yourself and don't point fingers when a relationship ends because it is clearly the responsibility of two. Capricious love always ends up fading away, and it's something most of us still don't understand.
If you want to know more of Debby Woo's work, you can visit her official Instagram, where you'll surely find more ways to deal with a broken heart.
Translated by María Isabel Carrasco Cara Chards