When I was a child, my friend Michelle Tolman had a care bear that was made by her mother.
This post would be more impactful with a picture. I considered getting in touch with Michelle - “Hi Michelle. I hope the last 25 years have been good. I keep thinking about your care bear. Do you have a picture?” - but I thought it might be weird.
Michelle Tolman’s care bear didn’t look like the ones in the shops. I was slightly repulsed by it. It was *wrong*.
One day I asked Michelle if she minded her care bear being *wrong*. She said that she didn’t see her care bear as wrong at all. She thought it was unique and beautiful. No one else had a care bear like hers.
I think we all grow up with an idea of what a human being is. We compare ourselves to it and think we are wrong. Imagine if instead we all thought we were unique and beautiful, like Michelle Tolman’s care bear.
Zoe is an actress and sci-fi writer currently appearing in several short films on the festival circuit.
Online you can see her in the short film Symptoms free on Amazon Prime or in the first episode of the Silent Eye sci-fi show on Amazon.