Watching a show that has been off the air since 1993 brings back memories, but watching a show that I literally grew up with, running from 1993-2000; that hits me hard. I think to some degree it’s not just about revisiting these television moments that connected us with these characters but also the moments we may have shared with others. The times we laughed and cried, the times we knew what these characters were feeling because we had been in similar circumstances.
My younger sister bought me the Boy Meets World series for Christmas this past year and it took me until now to watch it, to experience it again. Funny because it was one of my favorite shows as I grew up with those characters. Sure, they were older, finishing the series in college as I entered high school, but they gave me hope for friendships, family, what the world was going to throw at me. They really don’t make them like this anymore. When can you say was the last time you actually grew with characters from a television show? And maybe it’s me, maybe because I have gotten past the years of daydreams and big hopes and have begun the process of understanding how the “adult” world really works, I’ve stepped away from the thought of television impacting my life as much as this series. I can honestly say that I have had films move, inspire, and motivate me to new heights, and although I enjoy watching television and have numerous favorite TV series, but it’s Boy Meets World that hits a very special place in my heart.
My good friend Ashley and I used to go on and on about this show. We would compare ourselves to the characters as if it were about us. She was the Shawn and I was the Cory. I never had a Topanga, but that wasn’t what made us similar to these characters, it was their personalities and even some of their quirks.
So why did it take me so long to watch this series? I have a lot of emotions connected to the stories they told and sometimes it’s hard to admit that not only do we grow up and change, but we also move on. Sometimes, without the people from our past that may have even influenced our future. It’s great to remember the good times, but it’s hard remembering the bad and how the way we may have changed as we grew older was not as happy go lucky as a television show that tends to resolve any heartbreaks and disappointments within their 20-25 minute window. If only I could have a Mr. Feeny/Eric mediator to fix the “relationships” that have been lost.
I will never have the answer, but what I saw in this show is also things I greatly believe…
That love is worth fighting for, and you cannot give up on it. It’s how we handle the conflicts that make the relationship stronger.
That family will always be there for you, even when you mess up, to support you with the good and the bad.
That friends are your extended family and support you in your success.
So now that I’ve “grown up,” I see how much this series influenced my life.
Now, you should know, change has never really been that difficult for me. I’m used to it and in some ways I am very grateful for that. But, because I have tried to alter my reliance on change, I found myself settling, which is never a success strategy. I am so thankful for the way God works in mysterious ways, for the way God provides at just the right time.
And maybe it’s childish for me to write a blog post about the affects of Boy Meets World on my life, and how re-watching the series has brought up so many memories both the good and the bad. As I’m sure the cast saw the end of this series as the end of one chapter and the beginning of another, as I revisit this, I too am closing a chapter and beginning another.
It’s exciting, certainly a change I needed, and I’m starting to see a new path. Now, I think I’m more like Topanga. If I could just find my Cory…