I'm surprised that I could learn so much, both about myself as well about us humans from just observing what happens in a TV series. Here are some of my gathered thoughts from my Bingewatching of seasons 1-13 of Greys Anatomy.
Lesson OneWe, humans, are the worst and the best for each other, there's no question about it. Watching scenes where friends are hurt and in agony, you can feel what their friends are going through. Even if thoughts and emotions sometimes are narrated, you can see in their eyes and on their facial expressions the hardship. And even worse when they cant help their friends and heal them. It's a human way of reacting of course but still seeing this from the outside makes it more both hard and real.
Lesson TwoWe cant help everyone because sometimes they don't want to be helped. If an addict doesn't want the help he/she is offered, it's no way they can get sober, well you can of course forcibly take them to center but in most cases, they get back to the habit. And this is regardless of the addiction, The other thing is people who want to commit suicide, if they're determined to end their life it's very rare people or their immediate family knows about it. Scary as that is, you can only be there for your friends and family, and listen to and see them. I'm myself a survivor of a suicided attempt, and now when almost 3,5 years has passed I know what pain I would have caused my family and friends. If you're having thoughts of suicide, contact your local help organization;
One place to start is to go to http://www.suicide.org/index.html or call your national help number!
Lesson ThreeIt's a scary world out there and we never know what will happen to us. BUT Let us also be realistic, fear never gets us anywhere and letting fear and anxiety get the best of us, it's as bad as the scary world. Being vigilant and knowing whats happening around us is good practice, but we cant protect ourselves and our family from bad things. However, we can help both ourselves and our family to avoid these situations and environments.
Lesson FourLove is all we need! Honestly love is key to why we as a race is so successful, we both thrive and grow from the strength of having love in our lives. And regardless of the love; it can be a partner, a spouse, children, other family, and friends. The need for social interaction is universal and without it, we wither and fade away as the persons we are. Give a friend a hug, and it goes a long way, can mean the world to that person.
Lesson FiveEven if it's a fictional story (like books and comics) we can still get takeaways from it, and the past years I have looked at many TV series with another mindset, to learn from it and let it generate questions and thoughts to carry with me into whatever next phase I'm going to enter. I asked my father if there was something he thought I would carry with me into life, being a young adult at the time. He said two things:
- Life is a long lesson, never stop learning from it
- There's always a solution
Lesson Six, and a sort of conclusionDeath is, how sad we think about, still a part of life. We cannot avoid it, we will all reach that endline. We can't take anything with us besides our minds, thoughts, and feelings. No matter how rich you are, it's still the same finish line. And the only thing that might comfort us is the thought of a higher being, some call it God others call it Allah or Jehova. For me, being a son of a preacher, I pray to end up in heaven and met my parents and all the friends and family that have walked ahead of me.
So don't be afraid of death, it's a part of life.