One of the main things I liked about the show was how much I could relate to it despite the seemingly glaring differences. I’m not an athlete, I never dated an athlete (although a couple of them thought they were), I’m not from Texas and my high school years pretty much consisted of me playing the wall. The thing that drew me to the series was the overwhelming feeling of needing to be seen, heard and loved that each of the characters exhibited. At the end of the day, I think we all have some of that in us. I often find myself stuck in a very self centered frame of thought. I think about why this person hasn't chosen me or views me one way or another. I think about how great it feels to be hugged and for someone to fight for me and the things I want. But, rarely do I think hey maybe others are feeling the same way. As much as I try to live my life as a respected and loving woman I am often flawed in my thinking. Shockingly, the world doesn't revolve around me and people don’t make decisions based on my wants and desires :-) Sad…but true haha. We all navigate through this world in search of a little bit more of kindness, a little bit more of generosity and a little bit more of love. Not just me.
In my opinion, many of the themes in the show revolved around this kind of behavior. All of the kids wanted to feel valued and validated. The adults wanted to feel like they mattered as did their opinions. Don’t we all want that for ourselves? Not just me. In the latter seasons, Vince struggled to be chosen. He wanted to feel loved and like he mattered and not just because of his skill on the field. The same could be said for his girlfriend Jess.
In the end, we all want to know that when we close our eyes and go to bed someone out there believes in us. We want to know that someone out there values us. We want to know that someone out there respects us. We want to know that someone out there appreciates us. We want to know that someone out there loves us. Damn, what a great show….very enlightening…sad it ended!! But, grateful it gave me a plethora of aha moments.