Why 'This Is Us' Will Ruin Your Life And Make Your Life At The Same Time

Why 'This Is Us' Will Ruin Your Life And Make Your Life At The Same Time

Grab the tissues, you're here for the long haul.
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If you haven't caught up on "This Is Us," this article may contain spoilers!

If you aren't living under a pop culture rock, you've probably heard someone mention the widely-popular NBC show, "This Is Us." Now in its second season, the show has gained popularity and critical acclaim. The show follows the present & past lives of the Pearson family. The family consists of three triplets and their loving parents, each with their own set of complicated problems. If you decide to hop on the bandwagon and binge-watch this show, here are some things to keep in mind.

1. You will fall in love with Jack Pearson.

Jack Pearson, the patriarch of the Pearson family, played by Milo Ventimiglia ("Gilmore Girls," anyone?) is probably the main heart strings-tugger in this series. You will fall in love with him, but mainly with his relationship with his kids and his wife, Rebecca. Seriously, he's a romantic and his death will seriously kill you inside as well.

2. Mandy Moore will be your newest girl crush.

We all loved her in "A Walk To Remember," but seeing her an action as the singing and stunning Rebecca will leave you envious. The girl even looks great while pregnant with triplets and with aging makeup on. Give us a break, Mandy!

3. You will probably hate Miguel

All the fans of the show get a little too attached to Rebecca and Jack. Seriously, they are everyone's goals. So when future Rebecca remarries Jack's best friend, a little part of you is mad at her. Not the best rebound, Becs.

4. When Kate cries, you cry

The girl has been struggling with self confidence issues her entire life, and all we want to see is her overcome her inner demons. Even with Toby by her side, she still feels insecure which makes our hearts hurt for her. You got it girl, we're with you!

5. Randall's dad jokes are occasionally funny.

In his family, Randall might be the only person that he thinks he's funny. Besides being a generous father, he is also the king of terrible dad jokes which gets a laugh from the audience. My personal favorite is his nickname for Kate - "LL Cool K."

6. You will become a Manny fan

Besides "This Is Us," "The Manny" might become your new favorite show. The fictional sitcom stars Kevin Pearson. While he isn't on the sitcom for the majority of "This Is Us," it's referenced frequently and unfortunately for Kevin, follows him everywhere.

7. You feel all the feelings.

Each episode of this show makes you laugh and cry. Seriously, it's an emotional rollercoaster. You get so attached to these characters that you genuinely feel like you're the sixth member of the Pearson squad. By the end of your binging sesh you'll find yourself wanting a crescent moon necklace and saying the "Big 3" chant in your sleep.

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5 Mac Miller Songs You Need To Listen To Keep His Legacy Alive In 2019

Months after his passing, Mac Miller's music is still in my constant rotation.

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If anyone reading this follows me on social media or talks to me somewhat consistently, they already know how much recently I have been in a niche for Mac Miller. A few weeks ago on Twitter, an NPR Tiny Desk concert popped up on my feed (check out that NPR video here) and it just pushed me into a craving to listen to some Mac Miller.

While it was extremely difficult for me to funnel this down to five songs, I found it suiting to limit myself to this. By no means am I saying that any of these songs are the best off the album or the best from Mac in general, just some that I find very powerful.

1. Self Care - Swimming

This song came off his last album released shortly before his passing. This is personally one of my favorite songs of all time. The idea of 'self care' is something that has overtaken multiple social media platforms and slowly has become something that's original meaning has been taken out of context. Miller battled heavily with addiction and in other songs talked about his struggles. In this song, many are comforted by the lyrics, "Self care, I'm treatin' me right, yeah
Hell yeah, we gonna be alright."

2. BDE Bonus - Best Day Ever

The beginning of this song is a crescendo into a beat that loops for most of the song. Its combination of uplifting sound and carefree lyrics are a throwback to Miller's beginnings in the music industry. Miller also talks about his rise to fame in the music industry and how people used to not believe in him. "No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile. Pursuit to be happy, only laughing like a child. I never thought life would be this sweet. It got me cheesin' from cheek to cheek, aye, aye"

3. 100 Grandkids - GO:OOD AM

The first lines of this song are somber for me. The first time I listened to this song after Mac Miller's passing I seriously cried, "I made a promise to my momma. That I'll bless her with some grandkids, she can spoil them". Miller continues talking about how he is just living life until he meets the one to settle down with and love. I have grown to love the lyrics more than feel sad for them and this too is on my list of favorite songs.

4. Stay - The Divine Feminine 

This songs focal point is asking for his love to not leave him and, fitting with the song title, stay. The lyrics express not only the pain he feared from his relationship ending but the love that he had for his companion and the time they had shared together already.

5. Knock Knock

This song has hella nostalgia to me, this was the first song by Mac Miller I heard back in 2010. I vividly remember being 9 watching the music video for this one night on Music Choice back before AT&T U-Verse became DirecTV (talk about a throwback). The upbeat lyrics and beat made me giggle and the music video was even more entertaining. His album "K.I.D.S." came out that summer featuring other classic Mac Miller songs like 'Nikes on My Feet', 'Senior Skip Day' and 'Kool-Aid and Frozen Pizza'.

This one goes out to you Mac, rest easy. If you would like a playlist that includes some artists that have similar sounds or often collaborated with him, check out one of my playlists here.

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