Life is hard. Twitter understands.
The latest self-care meme to sweep the social media site is all about prioritizing yourself and doing what you need to do to get by. “Cancelling plans is OK,” it usually starts out. That’s decent advice! But then things usually take a turn — and readers will be surprised by the actions that are deemed acceptable in order to cope.
That’s because users have been converting the plots of different movies — from Mamma Mia! to last year’s indie thriller Midsommar to critical favorite Parasite to classic Shrek — into the formula of the meme. In the process, they’ve been ironically justifying everything from singing Abba songs to casual murder in the name of coping. “Do what you need to do to cope,” the tweets inevitable end, wryly.
cancelling plans is ok. going to sweden for a festival is ok. realizing u hate your boyfriend is ok. putting him in a dead bear and burning him alive is ok. do what you need to do to cope xxx— jo🧚🏻♀️ (@filmgurlthot) January 2, 2020
running away to greece is ok. sleeping with 3 men in one summer is ok. not knowing which one of them is the father of ur daughter is ok. encountering the 3 of them at her wedding is ok. only communicating through abba songs is ok. do whatever u need to do to cope.— trish (@ULTRAGLOSS) January 4, 2020
cancelling plans is ok. immediately falling in love with the ex stormtrooper who saved you from the first order is ok. giving him his first real name is ok. hugging him and bitting your lip before telling him to keep your jacket bc it suits him is ok. do whatever you need to cope— char | dw spoilers (@Igbtpoes) January 4, 2020
cancelling plans is ok. going to therapy is ok. being unemployed is ok. pretending to be an english tutor to get hired by a wealthy family is ok. scamming them to get your entire family employed in the same residence is ok. killing rich is ok. do what u need to cope— hazal (@jjomarch) January 3, 2020
Cancelling plans is ok. Living alone is ok. Having layers is ok. Talking to a donkey is ok. Wanting to know what they’re doing in your swamp is ok. Going on a quest to rescue a princess for an evil lord is ok. Objecting their wedding on a dragon is ok. Do what u need to cope— motherducker (@houseandhens) January 6, 2020
Spoiler alert: most of this advice should not be taken seriously. But since when has Twitter ever actually been positive for our collective mental health? In any case, welcome to 2020, where the memes are already flowing freely. (Canceling plans is totally fine if you need to do it, though.)