It’s never too late to follow your passion.
By: Field Jager
Photography by: Josh Cornell
Cartoonist Lynn Johnston will never forget the day her husband of 30 years walked into the kitchen and told her he was leaving her for another woman. But she’s determined to put it in the past. In her 60s, the creator of the long-running comic strip For Better or For Worse is creating a new life; recently, she volunteered as a translator in Peru. In a tiny rubble-filled town in the mountains, she helped the families of the sick and dying understand medical issues. They, in turn, helped Lynn understand herself.
“When he told me he was leaving, it was like a cartoon in which an axe comes through the roof and it landed between me and him. You know it’s funny because people talk about a car accident in which everything is in slow motion and you accept it with a certain calmness. I felt pretty good about it until he was actually gone.
But then the pain set it. I didn’t realize the kind of fury that I had. I was so mad. I drank too much vodka and smashed the front of his Jeep with a rake.”
“I had planned to retire, but now I’m continuing the series putting fresh material into past storylines. There are some people who criticize me for that and say, ‘Well, you should step aside and let new people come in.’ I would like to, but I have to think about me and say, ‘Okay, if I can still hold onto this space, it’s up to you to push me out.’”