“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
There are some shows that stay with you. The shows that come to you when you need them most. The shows that really manage to express something-that manage to tell you a story. It’s like when read a book that changes your life and it forever holds a spot on your Favorites list. Being Erica, which I just finished rewatching, is one of those shows. I think we need different things at different times in our lives. For example, my first big-ish breakup I rewatched the Gilmore Girls. I swear through watching it, and then watching the Netflix continuation of the series, I could feel my heart knitting back together. But while rewatching Being Erica I’ve come to learn there are some things about ourselves that we would rather keep in the dark. These same things are things we need to confront.
I believe our favorite shows, books, movies, quotes, and taste in music says more about us than we could ever hope to say. Stories and songs are personal. And sometimes they can say something about you, that you don’t even consciously know…yet. They can open our eyes to what is really going on. And I think that is one of the things I love most about them.
We all feel stuck sometimes. We all get sad sometimes. And in some ways, stories are universal–they can transcend boundaries and often, they open our eyes and mind to what before we couldn’t understand.
At its core, Being Erica is the story of woman struggling to own her life. She’s an English lit major who’s at a point in her life where she’s stuck and she doesn’t know how to get out. In the very first episode we see her hit rock bottom–without knowing what we are really witnessing, we witness a catalyst. Her old life is destroyed. And yet, without this destruction, nothing would have changed.
Things are not meant to be easy. And every single person in this world you see has a story that would break your heart. It’s unavoidable though because without tearing a muscle it cannot grow. Without suffering we don’t really understand the value of joy. Don’t misunderstand what I am saying here. This doesn’t mean–in any way –that I think the way suffering and pain is doled out is at all fair. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but bad things happen to the best people. But something you should consider is that the ‘bad people’ are just good people who’ve made bad decisions and given up. Which is, incidentally, a point that this show tries to make.
Now that I’ve finished watching it again, I wish I could go back to when I was sixteen, watching it for the first time. I remember the first time I watched it; my mom and sister got sucked into watching it.
Hopefully, one day, I’ll have it all together. I’ll have the perfect job, the perfect guy, and the perfect life but life is what you make it and that’s what matters. You won’t get what you want by sitting around and staying quiet. You have to speak up. You have to say your truth. You have to own your wonderful life. Let go of the past. And learn to live in the present. Life goes by too quick, it’s almost painful, so enjoy it while you’re here.
The one thing about this show is that it constantly reminds you that nothing is constant. This is one of the undisputed truths of life. Everything has a beginning, everything has a middle, and everything has an ending. Some endings are beginnings in disguise but knowing that, doesn’t make the process any easier.
If you’re in the mood for an intelligent, relatable comedy you should watch it. I can pretty much guarantee you’ll love it.