Well if you are wondering what I’m getting at – This is Us is the name of a brilliant television show on NBC. I highly recommend IMC readers to watch the show.

About This is Us

I love drama and usually get very involved with the characters but this show was different. It did something more for me. It spoke to me. Watching this show felt like a therapist-patient relationship. One participant did most of the speaking, and it wasn’t me. Well, I am not going to share spoilers and ruin it for those who haven’t watched the show, but I would like to certainly share some key life lessons that I took away from this incredible show.

As I wait, rather impatiently, for the next season to air, I want to share some reasons why I love the show and reasons you should watch it.

Life Lessons from This is Us

Parents make mistakes

This is a big one. It holds true for biological parents, single parents, homosexual parents, foster parents, step parents and all types of parents. There is only one good reason why parents make mistakes and that’s because we are human! We weren’t born to be perfect and we certainly aren’t here to create and groom perfect little beings. So let’s give ourselves a break and cut our own elderly parents a little slack too.

Parents are not solely responsible for it all

Yes..that’s right. Fifty percent of who our children become may depend on us but what happens in the world they were exposed to also leave an impression? Let’s not forget that people eventually make their own choices- good, bad and even the ugly ones. It is true, our kids grow up to be people who trust their own gut and make their own life choices. So if you suck it isn’t entirely your parents’ fault. If you are great, be generous and share the joy with the good folks who tried their best, for you to turn out okay.

Life invariably gives us a second chance

But here is the tricky thing, sometimes we are too afraid to risk rocking the comfortable boat we are sailing in. Second chances don’t always come in a honey coated glaze or as a neatly tied up gift basket. Second chances can be hard. But, you can’t take away the fact that it is still an open window to do what you always wanted or hoped to do. I hate to admit, but we always have a choice – the choice to say I’m happy where I am or to go out there and change what’s not right.

Moments of doubt are sometimes shabbily wrapped up gifts called moments of truth

There will be days where nothing adds up, and you realize you never managed to buy the duplex apartment or have three kids like you hoped for or occupy the corner office you first laid your eyes on. Just know that despite all of that, YOU alone are ENOUGH to be happy in this lifetime.

Lastly, pay it forward

Don’t let the favour stop at you. From all the people in the universe, you were chosen to receive that specific favor. Now, it is your turn to ensure the baton of hope and goodwill continues to exchange hands. Sow good seeds, reap great harvest.

These all the life lessons I’ve learned from this season of the show. So until the next season, remember, no matter how many detours your life might take, you will learn something on each road. And it’s going to be alright.

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