I’ve been under the weather for all of January, but I am starting to feel more like me with each passing day. I’ve also been very deep in thought about what I want my 2018 to look like, what my goals are, how I want to spend my time intentionally and what legacy I want to leave behind. The start of a new year does that to most of us, I think.
As I’ve been sorting through it all and nursing myself back to health, I’ve been watching one of my absolute favorite television shows: This Is Us on NBC.
Even if you haven’t watched it, given that it is, deservedly so, the most popular television show currently, I’m sure you’ve at least heard of it, yes?
We came in late to the game and binge-watched Season 1 last Fall before Season 2 began. From Episode 1, we were hooked by the incredible team of writers, actors, directors and, of course, the characters themselves. I even fell in love with the music throughout the show. Music is a huge part of my life and the music on this show is perfection. You can find the “This Is Us” playlist on Spotify and listen along with me.
I could go on and on about this family and the way they tackle hard things, embrace vulnerability, live simply, love each other fully, and jump to each other’s aid when needed, all while maintaining an overall positive outlook. But given what happened on the latest episode, the highly anticipated Super Bowl episode of this past Sunday, I can’t stop
grieving thinking about Jack. There are so many things I want to say, and my thoughts on Jack could be done in a multiple part blog series, but I will keep it simple by saying this:
Jack Pearson is not concerned with being popular. Jack Pearson would not be concerned with how many followers he has on social media. Jack Pearson is not concerned with the size of his house, only who resides in it and if they know they are loved. Jack Pearson is simply concerned with being fully present with the people he loves, being vulnerable whenever possible, being strong, calling people out when they need it, speaking truth, he’s selfless, he has a servant heart, integrity is his middle name, he has well established boundaries (with his own father), he backs off when necessary, and most of all, he just fully loves those he loves. Period. One of my favorite moments on a recent episode was 2 weeks ago as the Pearsons were preparing for the Super Bowl (1998) and Jack was in the living room showing off the new TV console he built, and his son, Kevin, was standing over him and Kevin said “no one cares”, to which Jack replied “I care.” That statement right there is all you need to know about Jack. He cares.
There are millions of people who love the Pearsons, especially Jack, and it’s because of all of the reasons stated above, and more. I think we can all stand to be a little more like Jack Pearson, wouldn’t you agree?