I’m a huge entertainment buff. Actually, that’s probably an understatement. From movies to music, I pretty much love it all! This love runs so deep that my mom used to call me a walking TV Guide (which makes me sound so old and out of touch, haha). You see, before there was a “guide” option on Comcast or Direct TV remotes, you had to check the newspaper each night or closely watch the TV Guide channel without missing the one for which you were waiting. That was literally the worst because if you missed the channel you were looking for, you had to start from the top and wait for it to scroll by (first world problems, I know). In any case, I was so addicted to the screen, I could walk into a room and name the title, actors, and maybe provide a few facts. That was my thing. It still is.
The thing about entertainment is that it has the ability to move us and connect us. It tells stories that deserve to be told about people who would otherwise remain nameless, faceless, and voiceless. Entertainment dares us to dream. It reminds us of our past and inspires our future. It gives us permission to feel emotions as we see ourselves and our own experiences reflected on the screen or get a chance to peek into the window of someone else’s life. When I’m not rewatching some of my favorite movies or television shows, I’m watching NBC’s hit new show, This Is Us, with an abundance of tissues in hand. I won’t give too much away and spoil it for those of you who haven’t jumped on this wagon (hop on now!), but this latest episode serves as the foundation for today’s post.
Among the characters of the series is an uptight, anxious, hard-working young man who never lets loose, colors outside of the lines, or lives freely, that is until a very important person from his past returns and encourages him to live life boldly. While driving on a road trip with windows up and music off, the visitor from his past leaves him with one piece of advice I’m sure we could all use in our busy lives: “Roll all your windows down, Randall. Crank up the music. Grow out that fro. Let someone else make your bed.” As we go throughout our days, checking our social media accounts, spending countless hours studying and completing homework assignments, and rushing on and off the field for practice, let’s take a moment to stop, breathe, and truly live, not just exist. Don’t let anything stop you from dreaming. Don’t let anyone stop you from being yourself. Don’t let anyone make you feel small when you are larger than life. Roll down those windows, break down that wall, turn up your favorite tunes, dance like no one’s watching, take that risk, push yourself, and just be you!