It’s funny how I was one of the few individuals who hadn’t watched an episode of How I Met Your Mother until recently. I was more of a Friends kind of audience, but this past August, I decided to give HIMYM a chance (you never know if you’ll enjoy anything unless you try it out right?).
So, it’s mid October and i’ve made it to season 9, the last season of the show where i’ll finally know the whole story of how Ted Mosby met his wife and mother of his children. While watching this in my late 20s, it occurred to me that I could relate to Ted’s character (hence why i’ve made it to season 9). Ted wanted nothing more than to find the woman of his dreams. He was a hopeless romantic and when things went sour, he picked himself up and kept searching. It was comforting knowing that he would eventually meet his dream woman, but would the show have been as popular or as well received it he didn’t find his wife? Or, if Ted ended up being single until the age of 50 or 60? Hey, I know It’s TV, but a part of me kind of wished that there would be a main character who wouldn’t get his or her happy ending for the season finale for the sake of all single individuals still in search for their potential partners. I mean it’s great for Ted that he gets a happy ending the next season, but it would have been even more inspiring to see him live his life as a happy, content, single man for another few years or more to show viewers that it’s okay to be single and that life goes on. Season 8 ends with Ted being ready to leave New York for Chicago so that he could leave his almost married ex-girlfiend and best friend in peace. I can understand how difficult it would be to accept this event in real life, but I just wish they could have fast forwarded to the future to show a happy and successful Ted Mosby in Chicago, telling us viewers that he is still okay with the single life and soaking up every minute of it.
I guess I feel like the rest of us out there who are single, who are getting closer to or who have already surpassed Ted’s age feel like we need to strive to get what Ted will end up getting at his age. That’s a really tough goal to achieve. I feel like some people are just lucky because they meet the right person earlier in life and love them and know they want to spend the rest of their lives with that person, while other people like myself haven’t found that yet. I tell myself that it’s going to be okay if i’m still single in my mid 30s or late 30s or 40s or 50s. I still have so much to learn about myself and the world and the older I get, the wiser and more intelligent I become. That is the truth. And the more I understand that as long as I can live with myself and enjoy life, there shouldn’t be a time limit to finding that special person. Don’t get me wrong, everyone wants that happy ending, but that doesn’t always happen when you give it a time stamp. One should accept that reality is reality and that we might not all have the same timeline as Ted Mosby.