Why rocketship underpants make a difference

In a rare allusion to the number, quantity, interactivity or any other reference to my followers on twitter, faithful followers will notice periodic tweets from me titled simply, “Why I miss Calvin & Hobbes,” including a link with a random panel from Bill Watterson’s masterwork.

Entrepreneurs are by nature seekers and prefer to live life on their own terms. Risk takers, they often create entirely new worlds and don’t always “color inside the lines.”

“From now on, I’ll connect the dots my own way.” ~ Calvin and Hobbes

I have loved the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip ever since I can remember. Not only is the humor therein wry, cynical-yet-laced-with-hopefulness and warped, but Watterson manages to convey elemental, essential lessons through the alchemy of ink and paper.

Calvin: – “I’ve been thinking Hobbes –”
Hobbes: – “On a weekend?”
Calvin: – “Well, it wasn’t on purpose…”

Calvin is bombastic, self-centered, short-sighted yet delightful – an imaginative imp with a tenuous, but intact moral core. His stuffed tiger, Hobbes, serves as his foil, counsel and ballast. Calvin is NOT a literal six-year old, but rather, a composite of the human race, our collective Inner Child. He is a loner by nature, being an only child, but more than the familial construct into which he has been drawn, Calvin operates outside the norm in other ways.

He’s not a big joiner, preferring instead to create his own worlds within his own mind. Spaceman Spiff, Tracer Bullet and Stupendous Man (the arch enemy of Babysitter Girl/Rosalyn) are a few of the alter egos that help him escape the confines of his two-dimensional plane.

Calvin also thrives on mayhem and chaos, oftentimes oblivious to the fact that he himself has created most of it. He is also a big fan of winging it and improvises his solutions on the fly, with mixed results. His wagon and sled often provide the means for us to follow his logic (such as it is) as he ponders matters both large and small.

Calvinball is a great example of making things up as he goes along. The rules always change; there is no predestined means of playing the game itself; no special equipment, and quite frankly, I don’t know that Watterson ever drew a panel explaining the terms of “winning.” I’m not sure when (or if) the game actually ends.

“Life is like topography, Hobbes. There are summits of happiness and success, flat stretches of boring routine, and valleys of frustration and failure.” ~ Calvin

No matter where you are on your journey, today I ask you to join with me in taking stock of our choices. What can we do that brings us more independence? How can we chart our own course? When can we do to incorporate fun and “managed chaos” into our lives? How do we connect the dots in our own lives and what is the picture we hope to create?

We always have control over our choices. I recommend buying a pair of rocketship underpants.


Molly Cantrell-Kraig is a woman with drive. Possessing an innate sense of purpose and a pragmatic, solution-based approach to empowering people, she fused these two traits in order to establish Women With Drive Foundation. Based upon its founder’s personal history, Women With Drive Foundation is a means through which Cantrell-Kraig may effect change on both a micro and macro level. By providing women with something as essential as personal transportation in order to transition them from poverty to prosperity, she, through Women With Drive Foundation, seeks to empower women to help them help themselves. Through this action, the individual applicant benefits, as does society as a whole. Follow Molly on twitter as @mckra1g or @WWDr1ve (Women With Drive Foundation) or “Like” them on facebook.


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