Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Am I Ted Mosby?

Over the past few seasons, I've alternately been annoyed by and related to Josh Radnor's character, Ted, on "How I Met Your Mother," and I half-wonder if the annoyance has only been because it hit too close to home. I definitely felt like he was reading my mind during a monologue he had during Monday's first episode, "The Best Man."  During this scene, he's out on a balcony talking to Robin ...

Ted: I used to believe in destiny.  You know? I'd go to the bagel place, see a pretty girl in line, reading my favorite novel, whistling that song that's been stuck in my head all week and I'd think 'wow, hey, maybe she's the one.' Now, I think, 'I just know that bitch is going to take the last whole wheat everything bagel.'

Robin: You've just been focused on work.

Ted: No. It's more than that. I stopped believing. Not in some depressed, I'm going to cry during my toast way. Not in a way I even noticed until tonight. It's just, everyday, I think I believe a little less and little less and a little less and that sucks. What do I do about that, Scherbatsky?
Oh Ted.  I know how you feel.  Too well.

The hopeless romantic in me is still alive and well, despite the world's best efforts to kill her off.  I can't say I haven't tried to get rid of her as well.  But the best I've been able to accomplish is quieting her for a few months.  And she certainly is a little bit more timid than she was even five years ago. I really do think my life would be easier if she would go away.  If I had no inclination to start daydreaming, I could avoid setting myself up for inevitable disappointment.  That crash is hard.  I just wish I could stop wearing my heart on my sleeve, but I guess the best I can do is hide it a little. And I think I'm working on that.  Will anyone get to it before I've shut it down completely?

This song kind of suits my mood:

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  1. I also have been alternatively annoyed and in love with Ted over the years (and Barney is growing on me). And, interesting that you wrote about the season premier because as I was watching it I sighed and said aloud, "I feel you, Ted" (my poor mother who was watching it with me looked at me and was visibly saddened by my lament).

    Over the last year or so I've actually had almost the exact same thoughts he was saying in his monologue. I used to think relationships started because you liked the same things, but now I know that's not how it works. I also know that I am often sad about being one of the last of my friends to settle down. But, alas, I refuse to settle - just like Ted. Unfortunately, it gets lonely and old really quick and shelving the issue is almost easier.

    This is getting bloggish, so I'll just have to go write one of my own.

  2. Jaci - If I had continued with the dialogue, Robin tells him to start believing again -- in chemistry and timing. Ugh. As if those two things are easy to believe in.

  3. Right, I know timing is more important than people realize, I know that I'm purposely ignoring a few men who have shown interest in me recently simply because I'm moving away. The timing is wrong. As far a chemistry, I'm not sure I ever really felt that - I don't even know what it means.


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