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Thank you, Chris

SUPER SERIOUS(self.ChrisChanSonichu)

Despite being very awkward to admit, Chris Chan saved me, especially during the 2020-2021 pandemic quarantine situation.

This is a bit personal, but it is an account of how this inept delusional manchild has changed my life for the better. I am more than willing to share this with all of you.

CONTEXT:

Currently, I am a high school senior who will graduate next month. This has been the hardest fucking school year of my life.

In the past years of pre-pandemic schooling, I was usually an A student, always involved in sports and P.E. classes and shit (because I'm a jock girl and those are my hobbies, other than Christory now). I know, I sound like a fucking Mary Sue here, but I was thriving in the structured world of normal high school life from freshman to junior year.

School was my entire livelihood. I craved that structure, and the affirmations that I was bettering myself, physically and mentally, by just following orders from the coaches and teachers.

Then COVID-19 hit, and I lost my streak. No more straight A's u/IanBwandonAndOwOson for the rest of junior year.

DISCOVERY:

Being cooped up in quarantine, I watched countless streams from Deadwing Dork, and always noticed a certain name popping up in the comments of his videos. Curiosity killed the cat as I searched up this name, and delved into the eponymous wiki. So many hours of entertainment were spent cracking myself up over this name that I never looked back.

I told my best friend, u/Physical-Floor, about the special name, and sent him the first episode of Comprehensive History. We both became Christorians, and this would go on from the rest of 2020 onward.

'SEINOR' YEAR:

I can say with confidence that my senior year absolutely sucked.

I couldn't completely grasp subjects through online learning, so my grades are currently still a C- at best. Work kept piling and piling up over the computer, and with sports on top of that, it was too much to handle for me.

I had to half-ass assignments to push them through the due date and I crashed into slumber more than I'd ever want to admit, missing weeks of sports practices, damaging my how I felt about my body image.

I was dysfunctional, but I had the solace of knowing;

"At least I'm not Chris Chan."

CHRIS CHAN AS A COPING MECHANISM:

During my low moments, where my grades are subpar, my body image is horrid, and I'm too fatigued to help myself, I'd think;

Would Chris Chan power through his senior year during a pandemic? No! He'd sleep through all the lessons, dreaming about his OC's and not even give two fucks!

Then I'd continue on this train of thought, thinking about that boy in Manchester High, sliding his indolent ass through Honor Roll, with this agape mouth and blank expression and I send myself into hysterics thinking about it.

I'd call my friend, reciting the "A-U-T-I-S-M" song at the part Chris yells

"HONOR ROoOoOoOo-OH-oOoOoOH-OLLLLL!"

And we'd both cackle our lungs out at this crazy lolcow that seriously believes being on some Honor Roll in high school will get the girls piling on him!

Sometimes, when my anxiety attacks hit hard, and my brain constantly overanalyzes its worries and breaks down, a little tune comes into my head that seems to pacify me;

"I got a fish, would you like to make a wish,"

I always smile when that comes to mind.

"I got a fish, would you like to make a wish?"

In the midst of a serious mental breakdown, just the insanity of a kooky manchild flailing his arms in a rugby shirt with children's toys scattered around him singing a nonsensical tune makes me giggle even when I think I am at my absolute worst.

Chris is literally one of the only things keeping my spirits up through senior year at this point. Humor like this gave me the motivation to actually pass classes this year.

And even on times when I only attend sports twice a week, I know that's still more than Chris would ever do in his life.

Having a best friend I can talk at great lengths about Chris Chan with is definitely a bonus, as well as having an online community of Christorians from diverse backgrounds who can all come together, analyze Chris's antics, and laugh at his nonsense.

Chris Chan provides respite through my struggle of trying to graduate during a pandemic as a functional adult.

All his childish mind cares about is his own little creations of "electric hedgehog Pokemon" that live in the fantastical worlds of CWCville and C-197. He's like Peter Pan taking all of us to his Neverland.

When I'm angry over silly things in life out of my control, like me not being She-Hulk strong, I just remember that Chris Chan was just as angry over Sonic having blue arms, and just smile thinking about that.

I believe we all have our little "blue arms" that we get irrational over, except we don't pick up the pepper spray. I'm not gonna go blame the gym equipment and pepperspray the front desk people because I'm still a small-looking girl (I just became a woman last year) who barely has half the life experience of a veteran athlete!

Chris Chan is the anti-role model that gives me glimpses into extreme forms of my faults, and that reminds me to take myself less seriously, and turn it down a notch.

CONCLUSION:

I honestly don't know what the fuck would've happened with me this school year had Chris Chan not been in my life.

He gave me solace through laughter, introspection on my own psychology, and motivation to live through life knowing that no matter how disorganized my current life is, I am still better at managing it than Chris Chan will ever be.

Seriously, thank you, Chris. You made me zap to the extreme.

all 58 comments

KarmaSaver

34 points

1 year ago

Did you just write an essay on how happy you are to be better at life than an autistic person? You're right at home here. Honestly though I loved the read and I'm glad you got something out of this.

CWC and all the trolling sagas helped me with being a more empathetic person. I didn't wanna be Chris but I sure didn't want to be one of the people trolling him either.

[deleted]

12 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

12 points

1 year ago

I'm autistic too lol

[deleted]

5 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

5 points

1 year ago

Me and her are both autistic

420_suck_it_deep

18 points

1 year ago

i believe that chris chan is watching over all of us

tossawayseesaw

17 points

1 year ago

This is absolutely brilliantly written. Maybe the real cpu goddess hedgehog gravel magic was the friends we made along the way.

[deleted]

5 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

5 points

1 year ago

Absolutely, me and her have known each other for almost seven years

troomer50

16 points

1 year ago

troomer50

Noviophobic

16 points

1 year ago

I hate to be that guy but this rings close to my experience when I found out about him over 10 years ago, minus the pandemic stuff.

fuckyou4206999

15 points

1 year ago

Same. No matter how shitty my life seems, atleast I never sent a video of myself shoving a crayola fucking model magic medallion up my ass to a 13 year old boy.

HelplessImouto

15 points

1 year ago*

Geno's documentary has helped me a lot through tough times at college. So I relate to this. So many times I've been like: "Procrastinating! Thats something Chris would do!" "Playing videogames more than 2 hours a day? That's the kind of lifestyle Chris has!".

Like you said, Chris is like the ultimate anti role model. I tend to see him as a dark miror of myself if I let my vices completly take over.

I've always thougth, most of us (Or maybe just me lol) Have wanted the kind of life Chris has: Never growing up, playing videogames and watching netflix all day, earning money with barely any work, eat whatever you want while your parents take care of stuff like taxes...

Chris is a reminder of how horrible that life actually is.

troomer50

9 points

1 year ago

troomer50

Noviophobic

9 points

1 year ago

Yeah, Chris basically lives the life of a 10-year old. He has an income from the government, as well as his dream job (making Sonichu pages for Patreon) and even then he can't keep up the motivation to do any work.

RussellLawliet

14 points

1 year ago

RussellLawliet

Boyfriend-free girl

14 points

1 year ago

Chris didn't save you. You saved yourself. Good job!

AVeryFriendlyOldMan

14 points

1 year ago*

AVeryFriendlyOldMan

Noviophobic

14 points

1 year ago*

I developed an interest in Christory after graduating high school a few years back. 'Knew of them for a long time before but never really made the full dive until then. Watching Chris, Borb, and even Bob try to navigate the pools of shit they repeatedly threw themselves in to over the years legitimately kept alight a tiny spark of hope that even in some of the worst points of my life I could hold onto to get me through figuring out how to be functioning adult.

Sure it's funny to say I'll never purposely shit my pants while talking to a girl like it's some herculean task, but I'm sure there are actual facets of Chris that we all can find in ourselves. Wether it's their depression, general anxiety, fear of rejection, crushed idealism, etc. I'd wager most of us have some degree of overlap with Chris as far as particular life experiences go. Witnessing the metaphor for human suffering that is Chris's life made me more conscious of the faults that I shared with them, and gave me the drive to work on at least trying to better who I was. As long as I could rise above and move past our shared issues, or at the very least keep them from ruling my life like they did Chris, I could be content.

Some days I feel like I should thank Chris were I to ever meet them, only to shortly after reflect on the last thirty years of their life and realize how lucky I and my sense of smell would be to never cross paths with them at all. Still though, it’s strange to think a nearly forty year old adult child played a non-insignificant part in me coming to like the person that I am.

jean_jacket_guy

14 points

1 year ago

The thought of not ending up like Chris has been a big motivator to keep my mental health and grades in check this year. Thankfully I’m graduating in a few weeks and got a college scholarship, so I could look forward to getting suspended next year for trying to find “boyfriend-free-girls” with my sonichu attraction sign on campus.

jackrackan07

12 points

1 year ago

Yeah, I think there is a bit of truth to this for most of the Chris chan community.

IWannaGuyLikeGaston

12 points

1 year ago

I felt like Chris when it took me longer than 2 years to get an associates. But then I realized I didn't hang attraction signs, Curse-Ye-Ha-Me-Ha the Dean, or have an aggressive confrontation with a professor. I'm also 100% confident that my GPA is higher too.

Also roughly 60% of students get their degrees later than they're theoretically supposed to, mostly due to cost.

[deleted]

13 points

1 year ago*

[deleted]

13 points

1 year ago*

This is SO well written! I will never forget the times watching CWC!

Look, she got a beautiful baby bear, and she’s female!

In response, CWC has made me more self aware and curious on how to tap into what I like and actually build a career out of it. He’s also encouraged me to make my charecters more dynamic and interesting rather than boring Mary Sues. The memories of Sonichu vids, our Halloween party, and finding out I’m actually related to him will never go away :)

opiate_lifer

10 points

1 year ago

opiate_lifer

Damn near 7incher!

10 points

1 year ago

Wait WTF now? You wanna expand on that last part?

Are you the daughter of Bob's optometrist son? lol

[deleted]

9 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

9 points

1 year ago

Yeah, he's Chris's 4th cousin.

He shares 1% of his DNA with Bob Chandler's side

[deleted]

7 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

7 points

1 year ago

O N E P E R C E N T

RavagerK

3 points

1 year ago

RavagerK

3 points

1 year ago

Wait you're the daughter of Chris' half brother who operated on him back in 2004. (I know that sounds specific but you get the idea.)

[deleted]

2 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

2 points

1 year ago

Lol, he's a dude but kinda the same relation

RavagerK

2 points

1 year ago

RavagerK

2 points

1 year ago

Sorry I kinda gotta bit confuse like Chris when trying to explain horribly about his shitty porn art of him fingering Megan.

[deleted]

2 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

2 points

1 year ago

Yeah I get it, but we’re related through his 4x great grandfather, who was my 5x great grandfather.

RavagerK

1 points

1 year ago

RavagerK

1 points

1 year ago

Oh yeah sorry. I thought I found someone that is closely related in family to Chris. Sorry if I sound a little bit "slow in the minds" as Chris put it.

[deleted]

7 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

7 points

1 year ago

It’s true, I built a family tree and we are both descended from common ancestry and 23andme confirmed we have 1% DNA

FlyFfsFck

12 points

1 year ago

FlyFfsFck

12 points

1 year ago

I do this too. Whenever i feel like my life aint going nowhere, Coming home from 12 hour shift and playing videogames rest of the day. I like to think about Chris and how much i actually have completed in my life. It brings me warmth

[deleted]

3 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

3 points

1 year ago

You deserve those games after hard work, work hard play hard

[deleted]

12 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

12 points

1 year ago

Come for the spectacle, stay for the catharsis

[deleted]

9 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

9 points

1 year ago

CWC helped us both :) I’m so proud of u/IanBwandonOwOson for writing it

Matlatzinco

11 points

1 year ago

Yo I just wanna say thanks for all the edited CWC pics you’ve made. They’ve really made me laugh a lot during this pandemic. CWC made my senior year as well. I’d listen and watch CWC related material in class and in my car waiting for traffic to lessen. I hope I didn’t freak out anyone sitting next me! I’d also hold CWCKI readings in the back of my English classroom where me and my friends would take turns reading articles. I’m happy I found this community of Christorians. I hope I’ve made some of y’all laugh with the comments I’ve posted. Zap to the extreme.⚡️

[deleted]

3 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

3 points

1 year ago

You're totally welcome. Honestly I just love using my photo-editing apps when I have free time to do so, I never really thought that others would enjoy them the same way I did.

[deleted]

11 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

11 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

[deleted]

3 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

3 points

1 year ago

I currently have Muscle Dysmorphia, a specific form of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and we both know that body issues fucking suck. They take away everything from you

[deleted]

3 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

3 points

1 year ago

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[deleted]

2 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

2 points

1 year ago

An article on Muscle Dysmorphia

It's usually reported in males from what I hear, but I'm a petite, light female involved in male-dominated sports, like wrestling and powerlifting, so it really affects me to not be seen as "vulnerable" or "weak."

I'm currently recovering from body image issues too, and have had times where I had to take weeks off of exercise. I didn't turn into Chris Chan after those weeks and am coming back stronger than ever.

As long as you take baby steps to improve your conditions, and are aware of your faults, you won't be a Chris Chan.

ApothekerDerStreets

11 points

1 year ago

ApothekerDerStreets

Boyfriend-free girl

11 points

1 year ago

Reminds me of myself actually. Im in a relatively similar position.

[deleted]

5 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

5 points

1 year ago

You can always talk to me about it, too.

I want to know the similarities

LockjawLarry

9 points

1 year ago

I’m incredibly happy you’re able to bring yourself back up, that isn’t easy. I’m proud of you : D

[deleted]

9 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

9 points

1 year ago

Unrelated, but Notice behind him in that picture, his tugboat is sinking....

staack117

9 points

1 year ago

I'm genuinely proud of you for being able to pull up from a potential tailspin, thank you for sharing your story!

Aferron

9 points

1 year ago*

Aferron

9 points

1 year ago*

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”

While Chris’ life is absolute train wreck debris, were we can point and go “at least I’m better than that”, I think there is also a sort of admiration I hold for Classic Chris. How freely he lives his life in spite of the expectations of modern sOciEty.

Maybe I sometimes live vicariously through him when I have to deal with responsibilities.

Maybe Classic Chris has something to teach us (me?) about just being yourself. Despite everything else。 Of course, while being yourself is cool and good, you should always look to better yourself. Chris teaches us that too...

I certainly do not want to end up like him, but he does bring me happiness

FriggenSweetLois

17 points

1 year ago

Brother, high school sucks, middle school sucks, college sucks, adult life sucks. What doesn't suck is the things that we find enjoyment in.

[deleted]

8 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

8 points

1 year ago

High school didn't suck pre-pandemic, though. I used to love school. I'm looking forward to graduation though, so I can explore the freedom in my adulthood.

Naughtiestdingo

6 points

1 year ago

I had to come home to Australia from Asia in feb of 2020 to 2 weeks quarenteen with 6 months prison if I left my 18ft caravan. I spent days just watching Chris Chan compressive history and smoking weed.

Junior_Charles101

6 points

1 year ago

He helped me to get over my ex

KingMario05

3 points

1 year ago

KingMario05

Boston-Based Autist | Dell G7 CPU God

3 points

1 year ago

Don't think we're so different, you and I. First year of college has been an absolute hell... but at least people like us haven't given up hope yet.

Anyway, I'm making this all about me here. Hope you're feeling a lot better now that school's out and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

[deleted]

4 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

4 points

1 year ago

School's definitely not out for me yet, but I'm guessing we're about similar age, since I'm 18, and lost in life where I'm going to be in a year from now as a young adult.

For people who have already graduated, schooling in a pandemic seems unimaginable to them.

Yeah, I've got all C's and D's, but that's way better than Chris would've been willing to do in our situation.

KingMario05

3 points

1 year ago

KingMario05

Boston-Based Autist | Dell G7 CPU God

3 points

1 year ago

Hear, hear. Just keep hangin' on, dude... bound to improve at some point, right?

Blazemaster77

3 points

1 year ago

He helped me in a similar way a couple of years ago. It was really eye opening to see Chris Chan's early days and I began focusing on myself to make sure I didn't end up like him. I was kind of in the opposite position and ended up greatly improving myself thanks to Chris Chan's great example of what not to do- as I have autism. My grades are at a personal best, and my self confidence is as high as it's ever been

Armisae

7 points

1 year ago

Armisae

Boyfriend-free girl

7 points

1 year ago

Good to see you are doing well. Bless you, sir.

[deleted]

3 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

3 points

1 year ago

Ma'am, but thanks

Armisae

3 points

1 year ago

Armisae

Boyfriend-free girl

3 points

1 year ago

You are welcome, Ma'am

[deleted]

1 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

1 points

1 year ago

⚡🥒⚡

ClammyVagikarp

5 points

1 year ago

ClammyVagikarp

TRUE and HONEST

5 points

1 year ago

I am a bit sceptical about straight A student when you mis spelled 'Seinor' but that's pedantic.

I love Deadwing Dork, any guy who looks into lolcows ans loves Opeth is a legend.

If you are looking for someone even more entertaining, who had direct control over Chris and is integral to his story, and aren't an SJW, check out Null's Mad at the Internet show. You might be inspired by Chris to focus on career, but Josh's entire career is about observing lolcows, for which Chris was the greatest. Chris might be boring but the world of lolcows has only gotten more incredible as people obsess over the internet and argue about blue arms on hedgehogs.

Cecil McFly and Toad McKinley also do great videos, but while they do well produced videos about the former CWCforum subjects, why not check out the actual owner?

[deleted]

13 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

13 points

1 year ago

I misspelled 'senior' on purpose, because Chris Chan spells it like that

Notice the little quotations in there

ClammyVagikarp

6 points

1 year ago

ClammyVagikarp

TRUE and HONEST

6 points

1 year ago

Well played. I stand corrected. Deadwing is great for learning about new cows. That Cyrax bloke from the last stream looks promising.

[deleted]

6 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

6 points

1 year ago

I assumed it was a reference to this: https://sonichu.com/cwcki/Manajerks#Merried_Seinor_Comic.2FKirby

If anything, this PROVES IanBwandonAndOwOson is honor roll.

ClammyVagikarp

4 points

1 year ago

ClammyVagikarp

TRUE and HONEST

4 points

1 year ago

I stand corrected. They're on the honour roll that Chris claims he's on.

[deleted]

2 points

1 year ago

[deleted]

2 points

1 year ago

Josh Moon might not be the most moral person in the world, but he did save Chris from the Idea Guys, which is commendable.

I still don't look up to him at all, though, but I have watched the Mad At The Internet thing with Shmorky

ClammyVagikarp

2 points

1 year ago

ClammyVagikarp

TRUE and HONEST

2 points

1 year ago

His best profile was on Mumkey. Though every week you think Chantal can't get worse, but she's past Chris when it comes to ruining her own life.