So, currently it’s 2:30 in the morning here in Athens, GA and I’m waiting for my computer to finish downloading an episode of “How I Met Your Mother”. It’s episode 7 of season 7 and I’m excited to be almost caught up. See, it all started when I went to Sundance in January and saw the film “Liberal Arts”. I knew it was directed by Josh Radnor, who also stars in HIMYM, but I knew nothing about him. When he got up to speak before the film, I was amazed at his positive attitude and encouragement. His support and pride in his cast and crew was unlike any I’ve ever seen in my few years at Sundance. The cast also had wonderful things to say about him - that even on his worst days, he still worked hard to put on a smile and encourage people around him, complementing them and making them feel valued and appreciated. This seems like such a rare phenomenon nowadays. “Liberal Arts” was a fantastic movie too. Perfect balance of smart humor and tender coming-of-age drama. It stood out to me from other Sundance movies, however, because it wasn’t cynical or depressing, it didn’t leave the audience confused or depressed, it didn’t put on false happiness and pretend like the world is perfect. It was real and honest and I left the theater feeling really good about myself, where I am in life right now, where God has me at this moment. I’d felt restless for weeks and this movie finally calmed me with encouragement and motivation. Anyway, after this experience, I became very curious about Josh Radnor, so I began watching HIMYM…just a couple weeks ago. Yeah I’ve had some late-night movie marathons in my room, clicking “Next Episode” and “Next Episode” again and again on Netflix until I was practically delirious. The reason I became so hooked so fast was because Josh’s same element of encouragement and honesty shines through, even through the comedy and the laugh track. Nobody is perfect on the show, but the group of friends has created a support system from one another that I envy. I see why others have become so obsessed with the show - it’s like the “Friends” craze all over again. People desire support systems like that. If I take away anything from watching this show it’s this - I need to become a better, stronger, more devoted support system for my friends. I need to sacrifice more time for them and encourage them more than I have been doing. I need to take an actual interest in their lives, pray for their well-being, and help them carry their burdens. I think I’m a pretty good friend, but I can be so much better. I thank Josh and his encouraging attitude that shines through his work for this.
I know this may sound cheesy and rambling. Like I said, it’s now almost 3am and I haven’t gotten enough sleep this week thanks to Netflix for putting up 6 seasons of this show.