In the fifth episode of HIMYM, the theme is all about growing up. Marshall and Lily are hosting this boring wine tasting while the rest of the group goes to this exclusive night club. Marshall gets upset that Ted and Barney didn’t invite him, and in a moment he bails on Lily and goes to the club to dance with his friends and get out of the old person party that he is supposed to be hosting. Once there he breaks the crown on one of his teeth and continues dancing because he knows what it would mean to return home to a pissed off fiancé. Lily finds out he escaped and then jumps down herself to go after him. Once there, she finds Marshall drugged up and dancing in the center of a circle with a dumb grin on his face, where they reconnect and find their youth again.
I enjoy this episode, because I’m a child on the inside. I still laugh at the word booger and I like to have fun. Growing up can kind of be a pain in the ass, because we are suddenly expected to handle all of these bills and responsibilities when at the age I’m at now, we’re also supposed to be enjoying our youth. It puts us in a weird place that a lot of people my age don’t know how to handle. It’s often divided into two different groups. The group that is settling down with their partner and the group that is spending their nights drunk or partying in a different manner and it kind of puts this weird stigma over us.
I’ve always been the kind of guy who grew up fast. I would get into stages in school where I would enjoy doing childish things and then quickly grow out of them. (A lot of that had to do with dick heads that picked on me, but hey. They helped me grow. They’re also not dick heads anymore. Bonus.) I remember when I was leaving elementary school and preparing to enter middle school. I was really into this card game called Yu-Gi-Oh back then and I figured since I was growing up I needed to ditch playing it, even though I enjoyed it because it was “nerdy” and “childish” If I could have seen into my future to see how much that actually mattered I wouldn’t have stopped, because I’m almost twenty three years old now and I play Magic: The Gathering, as well as Dungeons & Dragons. Two things viewed by a majority of the public as nerdy and childish. Things that adults don’t do, but honestly I find a lot of enjoyment and relaxation in doing them. It makes me happy. It makes me feel like I’m doing something that keeps my mind at ease, because that’s what it is.
I don’t want my whole life to be work and adulthood. I think that it’s important for us to embrace the youth that rests within us every once and a while. There isn’t a thing wrong with going out with your friends on a night off and doing what you love. (So long as the thing you love isn’t awful.)
I think this episode serves as a big reminder to me, there is never a bad time to skip out on a wine tasting to go party with my friends. You know what they say, all work and no play…