I haven’t been updating my TV blog over at WordPress (hence the lack of a link, haha), but this week, my shows have impressed. Today, I chose to forgo viewing Gossip Girl, and prioritized my real favorite teen guilty pleasure, 90210. This episode’s opening was a stunner, and possessed a wisdom that speaks to all generations:
History is largely told as a chronicle of great people doing great things, but for most of us, life is not made up of big moments, it’s made up of small moments. And with every small choice, with every small decision, we are defining ourselves. Are we proud of ourselves, or are we disappointed by who we’ve become? Life rarely turns out the way that we planned. The unexpected happens, and it surprises us with new and exciting possibilities.
After seeing this mind blowing episode (because teen shows rarely get that good), I decided to watch How I Met Your Mother right after. My choices seemed to follow a theme, as this week’s episode showed how the gang has changed since college. It defined how becoming a grown up is for most people. In Marshall’s case, it was about choosing a stable and secure corporate job to provide enough for his wife and future kid(s) over having meager income as an environmental lawyer who tries to save the world. And although Lily knew this wasn’t the man he fell in love with, she accepted the change. That’s what being committed is all about–accepting each other throughout each transition, holding off expectations but keeping the love as the constant factor.
Cheesiness aside, 90210‘s opener finishes off with this line, somewhat matching HIMYM’s theme:
But sooner or later reality hits you in the face.
Life will never go as planned. We will do everything in our power to keep things in order, but at some points, surprises and challenges come along to test our resourcefulness and question our present choices. Is this where we really want to be? What can I do to get to a certain point? There are probabilities to conclude from, but there will always be something to offset and cancel everything out. We have to get creative, have some kind of back up plan, start a new, or simply accept the changes that come our way. These ways let us move on, face reality, yet still find some sort of sanity in the sudden disorder.
Sidenote: It also scares me how TV shows sometimes parallel my life, or present a theme significant to its current events. I won’t delve into details, but I dedicate this post to my friend over at http://outonseventhstreet.blogspot.com. Hope this helps keeps life in perspective for you girlie.