Friday, 22 April 2016

5 Lessons I Learned from Kimmy Schmidt (no spoilers)

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything. 
Irish Proverb

If what you are searching for is sleep, stay far away from my house. I have a 5 year old who has been waking up at 4 am and refusing to go back to sleep. We are zombies.

If you need a good laugh, I recommend watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. Ellie Kemper is delightful as an optimistic redhead who has endured more than most (reminds me of my other loves, Anne of Green Gables and Annie). In Kimmy's case, she has suffered being kidnapped and held hostage underground (literally) as part of a doomsday cult for 15 years. Somehow, creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock are able to form this dark storyline into one of the sweetest and most hilarious sitcoms I have ever seen. The supporting cast is amazing, I am especially in love with Titus Andromedon, easily one of my favourite characters ever!

Kimmy Schmidt is refreshing, positive, hilarious, naive, selfless, and kind. All she has is a good attitude, an eighth grade education, and gumption to help her navigate life in New York City. Her adventures are endlessly entertaining and I find myself learning something each episode.

5 Lessons I Learned From Kimmy Schmidt

5. Take life 10 seconds at a time. As someone who is prone to feeling overwhelmed, I think this is wonderful advice. To quote Kimmy, "I learned a long time ago that a person can stand just about anything for 10 seconds, then you just start on a new 10 seconds. All you've got to do is take it 10 seconds at a time."

4. Don't let your past define you. Everyone has a past, and everyone has experiences in their past that they don't care for. Perhaps you have been a victim of abuse (in whatever form), part of a cult (you would be surprised), made mistakes (this is everyone). Obviously, these experiences do not determine your behaviour and identity today... unless you let them.

3. Even though your past doesn't define you, you need to make peace with it. Season 2 of Unbreakable has Kimmy dealing with her very real PTSD and her unhealthy relationship with her mother. Kimmy has a breakthrough with her drunk therapist and realizes that she needs to work through her issues and face them in order to move forward with her life.

2. "Happy people value their needs as much as otherses."- Drunk Therapist
Kimmy is a selfless giving person, but her own life and well being were suffering as she continued to put everyone else's needs ahead of her own. Such an important lesson for us all, especially those of us who find ourselves in caretaker roles. Burn out is real.

1. There is humour and hope in all things. Kimmy Schmidt is sounding pretty heavy right? Nope. It is the most hilarious show with a joke a second. Kimmy is charmingly strange (my absolute favourite type of person). The characters grow and learn as they live their stories, especially in the second season.

P.S. Official Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt liked my mug on instagram. Nerd Alert! #hashbrownnofilter 

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