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This Venn Diagram Of Advice From The Beatles Is A Must-See For All Fans

Calling all Beatles fans!

Have you ever gazed out the window on a dreary day, seen the sun peek out from behind the clouds and had the lyrics for “Here Comes the Sun” suddenly run through your head? Have you ever been in a funk, heard The Beatles’ “Blackbird” and felt that the singers were speaking directly to you? Have you ever been to a Beatles or Paul McCartney concert and experienced the transformative power of an entire stadium’s worth of people swaying in unison to “Hey Jude”?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’ll totally dig this clever Venn diagram from graphic designer and artist Michelle Rial, who took lyrics from Beatles songs and created a chart to show how they could be used as words of wisdom in just about any thorny situation:

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For example, if you’re angry, just “picture yourself in a boat on a river.” If you’re feeling hurt, it’s likely that you can get by with a little help from your friends. And the most universally applicable advice of all? “Let it be.”

Other Instagram users loved Rial’s diagram, with her post racking up around 100 comments and nearly 2,900 likes.

But this wasn’t a one-off for Rial. Rather, it was part of a larger project called Real Life Charts, which will eventually be compiled in a book being published by Chronicle Books.

Some of her other works of pure genius? There’s the wine diagram, which suggests what you should do with any given bottle of wine depending on its price and how cool its label is:

There’s this mesmerizing “unsolicited glitter” chart:

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There’s this silly line graph on appropriate Q-tip usage:

And of course I can’t help sharing this Venn diagram of immigrant parents as “Hamilton” lyrics:

Many of Rial’s charts — like the glitter and Q-tip charts above — incorporate found objects. According to a piece on Boing Boing, Rial began using found objects as part of her visual artistry after a neck injury forced her to take a break from the type of illustration work she had previously been doing at her computer.

She spoke more about her ongoing pain issues with Framebridge, sharing that these charts “came as a compromise between minimal physical effort — giving my hands and arms a bit of a break — and a need to keep creating.”

This shift helped decrease the physical pain she was experiencing — and also led to Instagram gold.

But why charts? “I think in a very visual, analytical way,” Rial told Framebridge.

Many people seem to love these charts, with their mix of visual whimsy and highly relatable concepts. After all, who amongst us hasn’t grappled with which wine to bring to the latest holiday party?

You can follow along with the entire series on Rial’s Instagram feed, or even purchase prints at her Society6 shop.

Can’t figure out which one is your favorite? That’s okay. Just refer to her Beatles chart: “Don’t carry the world upon your shoulder.”