HIMYM Series 38: Ikea Life (S02:E16)


This is the actual post for today, finally! I apologize for the delay on blogging recently, I will be keeping ahead from now on so that you guys don’t miss out on anymore posts through this year. I hope that you enjoy.

In the 38th episode of HIMYM, Barney puts the group through an excruciatingly boring play and meanwhile, Ted and Robin get into a few fights about them holding on to things their exes have kept around.

Things are easy to hold on to. I have a bad tendency to do it. I still have stuffed animals and notes and drawings and paintings from past flames. For the most part, I don’t use them to decorate my bedroom or anything like that, they are tucked safely into a box for me to remember when it’s early and I’ve had too much to drink. (I want to say that I’m joking, but I’m really not.)

It’s hard to let go. There are so many good memories attached to those items we receive from past lovers. Trips you went on, places you saw, people you met, conversations that you’ve had. I still remember the conversation I had with a girl just before we took a series of photos in a photo booth. I miss her, but it doesn’t mean I’m still attached. Sometimes with people it’s hard to distinguish pleasant platonic memories and painful longing. I’ve experienced both. As a matter of fact, it took me a long time to get to a place where I was okay with my past relationships having failed.

Really, what I’m trying to say here is that if anything, this episode does a good job of teaching us to let go of the past. Things change and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. I’ve mentioned this time and time again. Sometimes you’ll have to give up stuff for those that you love, and that’s okay. It can be confusing, and troubling. Kind of like putting together Ikea furniture, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it in the long run.

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