self discovery

Cracking the Code

If you haven’t seen the final season of LOVE (and want to), I suggest you breeze past this post. Although I’m not giving away a ton of details, I’m summing up my biggest takeaway from the conclusion of this amazing Netflix series.

The complications of Mickey and Gus’s love story- and usually hilarious relationship- stem from their past pain, insecurities, and fear.

That’s it.

(but if they would have been self-aware in season one, we wouldn’t have a show, now would we? 😉)

I think about how their relationship- and vulnerability- is relevant to any life situation- from career to family to fighting our own inner demons.

Once we can accept ourselves, stop listening to the noise from the outside world, and follow our hearts, life becomes much more satisfying, peaceful, and fun.

Mickey and Gus resisted each other (not to mention happiness) throughout the series- but once they learned they could show their true colors, their problems began to slip away.

Gus’s scene at his parent’s anniversary party not only caught me by surprise, but redeemed him as a character in my eyes. Season three was borderline hard to watch when Gus awkwardly directed his friends, lashed out at Mickey, stumbled through lies, or tried to be cool at work. Oh, Gus! It’s hard not to feel sorry for him despite his anger outbursts and whining, but he made up for all the painful moments by coming clean in the end.

The look in Mickey’s eyes made me melt when she realized that Gus, too, was desperately trying to hold on, fit in, and be accepted. His confession warmed my heart, and I was so glad to see them both finally be open and comfortable with one another.

I wish that for myself and for others, too- to feel comfortable in our own skin, ignore the naysayers, and live a purposeful life that makes us happy.

As Mickey and Gus snuck off and got married on their own (yes, there’s the big spoiler), I actually started to cry. It was so great to see them following their gut and to do what was in their hearts. I know exactly how it feels to have friends try and talk me out of things that don’t seem “logical,” but my heart wins every time.

That private moment summed up the whole series, displaying what anyone would want in a relationship- laughter, understanding, and living in their own little world.

Although the LOVE story is over, I’m taking the lessons with me- and maybe, just maybe, I’ll have my own Gus one day- and this time around, I’ll be a little easier on him.

self discovery

The Final Season of LOVE: Vulnerability Wins

With a heavy heart, I’m sad to say I finished the third and final season of LOVE last night.

I started watching it on Saturday evening and told myself I would spread it out over a week or two, but I only lasted about two and a half days. Nevertheless, I am pleased to say it was even more satisfying than the first two seasons- and that’s saying a lot.

The best part of the final season is how they are both finally honest- even when it hurt. Yes, it took a lot of bumps, turning the blame on the other, hiding their true feelings, and encountering a crazy amount of ridiculous situations, but once Mickey and Gus broke down and let all the cards out on the table, they realized they could get through anything together.

No one is perfect, but understanding and acceptance are key. This makes me feel more at ease about my own life and relationships.

What would have happened if we would have just been honest all along?

I hope you take the time to watch this amazing Netflix gem- it’s uncomfortably relatable and a breath of fresh air. There are also more parallels between Mickey and myself than I can count, which is another reason I love this show so much. I hope everyone who watches can see behind the goofy moments and realize how raw, beautiful, and real these characters are.