We can watch some shows become big hits. We can love Olivia Pope because her fashion is on point, and she can put on her white hat and gladiator on. But, what about the real us? The ones who grieve and who stress over jobs, kids, loss, and life in general. Not until This Is Us has a show put a mirror to our own lives and made us feel ALL THE FEELS - whether we want to or not.
When you struggle, words don't seem to come out right and if you're like me, you can feel alone because you are crazy, stressed, or panicked for no reason at all. Or maybe you are grieving the loss of a loved one, a job, a friendship, or the life you thought you were suppose to have. This Is Us says, "Hey there, buddy. I got you." And thus, you watch after the kids go to bed, and you let your friends like Jack and Rebecca or Randall (oh how I LOVE me some Randall) and William hug you so tightly with their words. You let them because this has been YOU at some point before in your life.
We yearn for parents who are no longer with us, but who taught us to turn up the music so loud and roll down those windows because life is really great if you take a minute to see that.
We are thankful for siblings - who in the midst of an absolute crisis - throw down their dreams to come and help you handle your crazy.
We hug our babies because we know what gifts they are to us - no matter how or HOW LONG it took God to place them in your arms.
We take a minute to see our spouses who know us better than anyone and love us anyways.
We, as crazy, rushed, and tired adults, have to take a breather at the end of this 60 minutes to wipe our swollen, crying eyes and think how much you felt every word. Every gesture. Every lesson.
For me, I already had an ugly cry about 8:40 this morning while hearing a song that made me miss my brother. But, I had to gather my business right after and hit a PTO meeting because LIFE KEEPS GOING. And just like I know deep down, I have my minute of hot mess, say my prayer of hope to God, and go about my day.
Then, after a chaotic evening, I get my little ones down, pour me a glass, and settle in with some tissues. I watch and within 15 minutes, I am crying. I hear my dad's laugh. I see my mom's pure, deep love for her children. I know there is a lesson coming, and I am hungry for it. Sure enough, with Randall's hands on William's face, there it is.
Wherever you are, BE WHERE YOU ARE. I think that lesson speaks volumes - ever since episode one. Last night's did that for me, so I grabbed my computer and all of this came out. Thank you to the creators for making a show that isn't just Randall or Kate or Kevin. It's all of us. THIS IS US.