There are so many reasons I love the show This Is Us. Of course, they tackle babyloss and that is SO important. They also tackle adoption, race, death & weight. There are a million things I can relate too, but the last episode (where Kevin is in rehab) stopped me in my tracks.
Perception. All three adult kids had a different perception of their childhood. That’s somewhat normal I think. My sister & I have completely different memories of our growing up years. And I mean completely. We laugh about it & try to fill in the blanks for each other- we always say, together we can remember everything!
But when Randal, Kate, Kevin & their mom were in counseling discussing & remembering their life, I felt anxiety creep up in me. Jeff asked me what I took away from that & I told him, “how can they all see the SAME things so DIFFERENTLY?”
I’ve had this discussion a lot lately- not only in the political scope (please, don’t go there) but most recently with a falling out with my sister. It’s been a year since things have shifted in our relationship & honestly – perception is what it comes down too. We both were living the same experience(s) but simply saw it so differently. I don’t know how that happens. Well, maybe I do. We are all created so uniquely that not one person will see a situation exactly the same. Sometimes that’s a heartbreaker (as with my sis) sometimes it’s a dealbreaker & sometimes there’s beauty in it.