Life Lessons Learned from Parks and Recreation’s Perfect Series Finale

Life Lessons Learned from Parks and Recreation’s Perfect Series Finale

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I had imagined that when the series finale ends I will be an emotional wreck and will lock myself in my room for a week and keep on crying; crying for the loss of my on-screen family and my mentor/spirit animal Leslie Knope. Yes I cried. Very loudly and for quite a long while. But not because I lost my life’s best sitcom, but because the finale left on such high notes, teaching me and the rest of its fans some crucially important lessons about love, friendship, family, and work. Lessons about LIFE! This one will surely go down in history as one of the most perfect and “punishingly intricate” finales of all time. :’)

Parks and Recreation Family

Lesson # 1: Luxury Isn’t Everything. Give Back to the Community. Do Something For the Greater Good.
Lesson Taught By: Donna Meagle 

We all Parks & Rec fans know that Donna was the very definition of the word “classy”. She and…

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“The Special Love I Had For You, My Baby Blue” #GoodbyeBreakingBad

“The Special Love I Had For You, My Baby Blue” #GoodbyeBreakingBad

I started watching Breaking Bad around 2011, when I was desperately searching for a good TV show, then one day on IMDb I came across their Top TV Series list. Breaking Bad was listed on the Number 3 of that list right below Planet Earth and The Wire. (Nowadays it is rated Number 2 right below Planet Earth and right above Game of Thrones). I thought to myself “Breaking Bad? Hmm, catchy name..” Then I read the plot line and it intrigued me. A lot. So I started watching it and from that day on it never seized to blow me away.

Breaking Bad Logo

Vince Gilligan (you genius maniac) and the amazing writers of this show have consistently wowed me from the first episode to the epic and satisfying finale. I don’t care if anyone agrees with me or not, but for me NO other TV Show will EVER surpass Breaking Bad. Like EVERRRR. This is the finest piece of art I will ever come across :’) There are no words worthy to describe this show :’)

[SPOILER WARNING: If you haven’t watched the Series Finale yet please STOP READING]

I won’t be able to go into the details of the Series Finale, you can read a Episode Recap on any other site. I’m actually just still trying to process what a magnificent journey it has been. It would seem absurd to some people but I NEVER hated Walter White. He was just a good man who broke bad. Yes his actions were horrible, they could’ve been avoided, and those actions had horrible consequences. He could’ve just quit the Meth business when he had the chance and live happily ever after with his family. But for a guy who never got praise for his immense efforts he put into helping build the now-billion-dollar company Gray Matter with his partners Gretchen and Elliot and then got majorly screwed when he got no recognition whatsoever for his work and had to work as a low pay grade teacher in a school and as a cherry on top he also got Cancer. He had to find a way to provide for his family, so he had to do what he did. But that doesn’t justify his actions at all.

Walter 'Heisenberg' White

The moral of this show is that you must NEVER do bad things for the sake of your loved ones even if it gives you all the riches in the world. All actions have consequences and they WILL comeback to haunt you. Those actions will destroy you and your loved ones. You can’t escape your own doing.

And the Series Finale gave us all that sense of closure we were all waiting for. Some people were expecting a haunting and terrible end for the great Heisenberg, that his whole family will die and he will have to live with it. But the end Vince Gilligan and the team gave us could not have been more perfect :’) As I said before I never hated Walter. I didn’t want a terrifying end for him. All that he went through, it destroyed him and his family but in the end he deserved a tiny sense of redemption for the failed life he lived. He deserved to try his best to make everything right. To tie all those loose ends. And I immensely thank the writers of this show for giving me the finale I craved to see :’)

Walter White got the closure he needed with Gretchen and Elliot. I wasn’t expecting at all that the episode will start this way. The way he waltzed into their house with such calm was just beyond amazing. And the way he managed to get his hard-earned money to his family through the same people who were the main cause of his decay into a becoming a Meth Lord was pure genius. His “assasins-will-kill-you-if-you-don’t-get-this-money-to-my-family” threat to both those d-bags and the fist bump to the back of their heads was oh so satisfying. :D Perfect, perfect, perfect!

After that Walt finally puts an end to that evil greedy b**ch Lydia by putting the infamous ricin into her ‘Stevia’ packet. Haha, that was also pure genius :D If she would’ve been left alive, running her meth empire, I would’ve totally hated that. She deserved to die a painful poisonous death. Thank you Vince and writers for this.

Then came the Walt-and-Family closure. For the first time ever he admitted that whatever he did, he didn’t just do it for his family. He did it for himself. He admitted that he liked doing it. It was the only thing which made him feel alive. He started out on this path for his family but his ultimate target was to earn $700,000, but after reaching that goal he slowly succumbed into becoming an egoistic Meth Lord ‘Heisenberg’ and finally make a name for himself, and get that recognition he always craved for.

BB White Family

He LIKED doing it. It was good to see he finally admitted that. He also disclosed the burial site of Hank and Steve, thank God for that. Marie will finally get to give her husband a proper burial. Then came one of the most heart breaking moments when he says goodbye to his daughter Holly, and leaves the house to watch Junior walk into the home, all the while silently saying goodbye to his son, a son who now despises his father. :'(

And then came the Final Showdown, and what a showdown it was!! First Walt thinks that Jessie has partnered up with Uncle Jack and crew, but then realising that Jessie has become a slave/mule for these Nazi freaks was enough to bring back his love for him, to remind him of all the times he saved him, how he loved him like his own son and then he plunges forward and saves him from the trap he built for the Nazis. Walt got to use his famous machinery building skills to make that automated machine gun. That machine was kind of a salute to the genius mind of Walter White, who always finds a way to put an end to his enemies. That opie sociopath Todd got the death he deserved. Jessie got the revenge he deserved. Seeing Todd die by Jessie’s chains around his neck was one of the most satisfying deaths on TV alongside the death of Uncle Jack by the hands of Mr. White. Jack thought Walt has come back for his money, he tries to blackmail him by saying “You want your money, right? You wanna know where it is? If you pull that trigger, you’ll never..” and then *BAM* there goes his head :D Oh Uncle Jack don’t you know that Walt doesn’t care about his money anymore? He’s not the greedy monster Heisenberg anymore. He has finally become human, a man who seeks redemption for his actions.

Then Walt and Jessie get the closure they both needed. I didn’t want Jessie to hate Walt forever. Walt always tried to look out for him. Jessie knows it too. And I’m glad he didn’t pull the trigger. Yes Jesse denied Walt the satisfaction of killing him, but that would’ve been too painful for me, and we all know Jessie isn’t a killer, he always had a soft heart, and deep inside he knows he cares about Walt no matter what. He will always care for that sick old dude who cooked meth with him in his tighty whities out in the desert :’)

Walt and Jessie

And then came the end. He walks into the meth lab, marvelling over his creation, remembering his journey, having closure with the one thing which made him feel alive, saying goodbye to his “Baby Blue” :’) The song featured in the ending scene “Baby Blue by Badfinger” perfectly complimented his final goodbye to his cursed yet magnificent life as Heisenberg, and then he lied there and died peacefully. :’)

“Guess I got what I deserved
Kept you waiting there too long, my love
All that time without a word
Didn’t know you’d think that I’d forget or I’d regret
The special love I had for you, my baby blue.”

Thank you Vince Gilligan, and all the writers and directors of this show for creating something so perfect. Thank you to Mr. Bryan Cranston for giving us the honour of witnessing the haunting yet brilliant and sublime character of Walter ‘Heisenberg’ White. No other actor in the world could have pulled this off with such perfection. Thank you to Aaron Paul for putting your heart and soul into the sweet yet cursed Jessie Pinkman. Thank you to all the remaining wonderful, beautiful cast including Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk and all the other amazing actors who made this show so believable and beautiful. I will always and forever look forward to your future works and I give you my best wishes for a wonderful life ahead.

Thank you to the whole cast and crew for creating something which will forever influence the future generation of writers and directors, something which we all will be proud to pass on to our children :’)

Blessed to Have You as a Brother <3

Blessed to Have You as a Brother <3

“To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.” ~ Clara Ortega

The first memory I have of my elder brother from childhood, is that he was the only person in the world I hated the most. I remember him teasing me, pinching me, trying to snatch my toys just to rouse my anger, and I also remember my screaming at him, complaining to Mom, and obviously pulling his hair. I used to pull his hair so hard that I wished I could tear them from his scalp. And in return he would call me names and we both would keep fighting on and on.

As we grew older, we started to grow further apart. We stopped talking to each other; we would avoid each other like complete strangers. And then one day Mother got tired of this, she could not see her only two children acting as strangers for the rest of their lives, so she sat us down and tried to tell us what a big foolish and horrifying mistake we are making, and she cried. She cried like I had never seen before. I will not forget that day because that day we both felt we have truly disappointed our mother and how severely we are hurting this family.

So right at that moment while sitting there in front of her we shook hands with each other and promised her that we’ll try to make it right, and then for the first time in two years me and my brother hugged.

After that day we started talking and would give nervous laughs at each other’s jokes, and day by day we grew more and more at ease. He started pulling my cheeks (no, not to tease me, but with love) and I would tickle him and we would share all kinds of interests with each other. We started having inside-jokes, played together all the time and laughed our hearts out.

I finally got to know the real brother I wrongfully thought was my enemy.

As the years have passed my brother isn’t just a brother to me anymore. We share our interests and hobbies like Best Friends, we share secrets and private jokes like Sisters, he takes care of me and is possessive for me like a Mother and he stands up for me and protects me like a Father.

I’m sure all the brothers of the world are very special for their siblings; but for me absolutely NO brother in the whole world can compare to the ‘awesomeness’ of my funny, wonderful, charming, brilliant, faithful, friendly, thoughtful, loving (and sometimes-annoying) Brother :D

A picture of a 2-year-old me wrestling with my 5-year-old brother :D Yes I was very mean to him back then but the poor guy never complained!
A picture of a 2-year-old me wrestling with my 5-year-old brother :D Yes I was very mean to him back then but the poor little guy never complained!

Happy Birthday Bro! :) I may not show it sometimes, but I sure as hell love you SO much! You better believe it you big buffoon :D

You mean the World to me!

Living in the Now – My Thoughts on the Past, Present and Future

Living in the Now – My Thoughts on the Past, Present and Future

I’ve always had mixed feelings about the concept of “living in the now”. For instance a majority of the world is of the opinion that one should not dwell in the past, should not keep worrying about the future, and must start living your life to the fullest in the present. But sometimes my mind starts debating against this concept.

Let’s take the “Past” first. No, I’m not going to take you through a revised journey of “A Christmas Carol” e.g. The Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Nope. It’s just some silly thoughts running in my mind.

Past, Now, Future

Now let’s see. If anyone ever gave me the choice to relive my past, I would like to make the same decisions I made then. Make those same mistakes, make those same enemies, love all the same people and be betrayed by them. Changing your past won’t do you any good, because even if you do erase those mistakes from your past, even if you do learn from those faults, you will eventually do them again one day or another. Because you still have that same heart. You will still fall for the wrong people. You will still give them a chance to make it right and they WILL disappoint you. But you won’t stop hoping that maybe THIS time you won’t be let down.  You will try different tactics to reverse the outcome, but ultimately the conclusion will be the same. Your heart will be broken. But there’s a special beauty of time. Time heals.

Your wounds will be healed one day; just don’t forget to always remember your past. Do not mope or cry about it that “Oh why did I do that? Why did that happen to me?” No please don’t. Just recall it when making new decisions. Make calculated moves after having a quick review of your history. Think about what you have been through to make you the person you are today and how you can be bettered.

Never dwell in the past, never live in it, but also never forget it either.

The Lion King Quote

If the Past is what refines you then the Present is what defines you. I’m not against the notion of living your present to the fullest, but I’m the sort of person who can’t always live in the now. Every single thing I do, I do for a better future. Don’t we all? I’ve been studying for 16 long tiring years of my life, for what? All of this is to get a better future, to get a better job, to be an intellectual mother and raise my kids in a refined and educated way. I want to live in the present in a way which defines me as a focused, driven, and determined person who lives to lead a better life ahead.

Buddha said:

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

With all due respect, I do not agree. I like to make decisions that not only affect my present but ALSO positively affect my future. I don’t like making decisions which are eventually FRUITLESS, which will go to waste.

There is this Urdu phrase “Dekhi jaye gi!” which is more of an I-Don’t-Give-A-Crap version of “We’ll see”, and it is single-handedly one of the most irritating phrases of all time which plainly infuriates me.

If you want to do something in the present, make sure it is fruitful. Make sure it doesn’t mean NOTHING in the end. I can’t make those kinds of fruitless decisions. I do not want to do a “Dekhi jaye gi” thing.

So yeah I’m the kind of person who DOES give a damn about the Past, learns from it and makes decisions in the Present which resultantly better my Future. Yeah I don’t know about the Future, it’s in the dark, and living for something which is in the dark may seem meaningless for a majority of people in the world but it is the ONLY thing which gives meaning to my life. Living for SOMETHING. Living for those goals. And if I die before achieving those goals, at least I’ll be satisfied by the realization that I TRIED. That is what gives me happiness in the Present. The feeling of TRYING.