Trust Me, You Should Be Watching 'This Is Us'

Trust Me, You Should Be Watching 'This Is Us'

This show will rip your heart out, and sew it right back together, all within 45 minutes.

Last year, it seemed like everyone was talking about "This Is Us" and everyone had seen it except for me. Whether it be from online ratings, my friends raving about it, or the girls that lived in my sorority house getting together every Tuesday night to watch it together, not a single bad word came up about the show.

I’ve never been the type of person to watch a show just because everyone else is, because often times when I try to watch the shows my friends love, I can’t get into them (sorry, "Gossip Girl").

Recently, Spotify decided to collaborate with Hulu to provide its student users with the opportunity to use Hulu without having to pay for it separately. Without hesitation, I made a Hulu account, obviously. This is beside the point, but with a new Hulu subscription under my belt, I noticed that "This Is Us" was available on their streaming services, so I thought I would give it a try.

The pilot episode of any series is always hard to get into, no matter how good the show is, and I must admit I scrolled through Instagram a couple times when I watched the first episode of "This Is Us." I went 45 minutes not thrilled, but not disappointed, but then it ended. The show ended with the most heart-wrenching plot twist ever, totally changing the tone of the show. It was the type of ending that makes you gasp out loud and drives you to click the “next-episode” button before the end credits finish.

"This Is Us" is one of the best shows on TV right now, hands down. I watched the whole first season, along with the episodes from the second season which is currently airing in two weeks – I couldn’t stop watching. After binge watching it way faster than I should have, I am now dealing with the struggle of waiting a whole seven days until I am able to watch the next one.

"This Is Us" brings you into the lives of five typical Americans, living regular lives just like you and me. The show skips the over-dramatic scenes, and scenarios that are too good to be true, and stick with the nitty gritty. The show brings the viewer on a rollercoaster of emotions, from heart-warming homecomings to tear-jerking heartbreaks.

"This Is Us" follows the lives of four families, going through their day to day lives, whether it be raising their children, rekindling a relationship, or dealing with any card the universe deals them – good or bad.

I will recommend this show to anyone and everyone, because no matter if you’re in 19 or 99, you will love this show and I can guarantee you will find something you relate to in the show, making it even more special.

The characters in the show teach you what it means to love your family and one another unconditionally, no matter how hard it may be sometimes and to get back up and fight, no matter how hard life kicks you down. It reassures its audience that they are not alone – giving off words of encouragement and advice through the character’s conversations. Their words are driven into the hearts of the viewers without us even noticing until we are reaching for our tissue box to wipe away the tears.

Next time you watch your favorite series on Netflix for the fifth time, do yourself a favor and watch "This Is Us" and I promise it’ll be just as binge-worthy as the show you just finished.

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To My Best Friend Who Taught Me What True Friendship Is, I Can't Thank You Enough

"To the person who will love you endlessly, love her with kindness and understanding."

Dear Best Friend,

You have been a part of my life for quite some time now. You have seen my good, bad, and ugly sides and have stuck by my side through it all. I don't know if I could ever find the words to truly thank you for everything your friendship has given me, but I am definitely going to try.

Our lives have taken some twist and turn these past few years, but we have stayed strong through it all.

Thank you for judging me just the right amount.

Throughout our friendship, I have made some very questionable decisions. A lot of people would say "thanks for never judging me," but I feel like everyone needs a best friend who's going to tell them how it is, to tell them when they are about to make a bad decision or how to avoid something worse from happening. You have always told me how it is (even when I don't always want to hear it), but I know that I can come to you whenever I need someone to set me straight.

You're always down to do nothing with me.

I think that you are the one person that I can call up to hang out and do absolutely nothing with and have a good time. From the nights sitting in and playing card games to ordering Chinese food and watching an entire Netflix series while I dance around with the cat: I know that we could do anything, and nothing together and it would be fun.

But also, you're always down to get lit with me.

I swear one day we will be two old moms at a bar drinking vodka crans and laughing about the stupid shit our husbands and children do. You're always down to go out and have a good time. Even if everyone else we're with is miserable, we find a way to laugh at ourselves.

You are one of the few constant things in my life.

I've lost a lot of friends in my life, but you have stayed by my side through everything. I can't remember the last time we actually fought about anything, but even when we do we can't stay mad at each other for more than a day. I know we will be in each other's lives until we literally keel over.

I want you yo know that you're the strongest person I know.

You've dealt with things that not many people go through ever in their life. You have always been so mature, and you handle everything with grace. You inspire me every day with your goals and successes and I am so proud of you and all of your accomplishments.

Above all else, you deserve the world.

It's so easy to get caught up in your own mind and think that you deserve the things that happen to you, but please know that the only thing you deserve is happiness. Please settle for nothing short of that. It may take a bit to find your happiness, but I will be there every step of the way. You're a remarkable human being, and I want nothing but the best for you.

To the person who will hold your heart someday, please do not break it. To the person who may wrong you, you will regret it forever. To the person who will love you endlessly, love her with kindness and understanding.

You, my best friend, future bridesmaid, godmother of my children, the person to bail me out of jail, the one who lets me cry on their couch for twelve hours,

I love you.

I will cherish our friendship forever. Thank you for being you.

Love always,

Your best friend.

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You Don't Have To See Your Friends Every Day

We all have lives that we're trying to balance.


For as long as I can remember, whenever I would have no plans and go on Snapchat to see all my friends having fun without me, I would get FOMO. I'd get really sad and think that they didn't care about me because they didn't invite me. It would get me in such a bad mood that it would ruin any chance of going out with someone else who wanted to hang out.

I don't know if it was just my anxiety of people hating me or if it was a fear of missing out (FOMO). Even recently, it has gotten me down. However, over the past month or so, I finally realized something: you don't have to hang out every day to still consider each other friends.

Everyone has a life that they're trying to balance, especially after high school. People work (maybe even more than one job) and go to school. Some have to take care of family members or do things for their family. Some people are focusing on themselves. Some have relationships to maintain. Whatever it is, we all have lives that we're trying to balance.

We all want to have fun, but school, work, and our families are the priorities.

Even if they're out hanging with other people, it doesn't mean that they don't want to hang out with you. Free time is served on a "first come, first serve" basis. It's hard to balance hanging out with multiple people.

I also learned that it doesn't matter the number of friends you have. What truly matters is the quality. Ask yourself, "Who's there for me when I really need someone?" The people who are there for you when you really need someone to talk to are your TRUE friends.

It's not easy to be there for someone and make them feel better. If they offer to listen or give advice, they care!

I know that it may feel like you have no friends sometimes, but that's not true. Life after high school is hard at times. You're an adult. You have to do adult things and take care of yourself first.

You have to realize that everyone has a busy schedule and not all your friends' schedules will align with yours, but that's okay! You don't need to hang out with friends every day to consider them your friends. What truly matters is if they are there for you when you need them.

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