One of my very favorite TV shows is the Mary Tyler Moore Show. It’s quality, well-written entertainment. A couple of things in particular stick out to me.
Every Mary Richards needs a Rhoda Morgenstern
The greatest characters are the most relatable. We can all relate to Mary because she has all the insecurities, crazy people and uncanny situations in her life that we all do sometimes. But what helped Mary through it all? Her best friend Rhoda. Mary and Rhoda weren’t always close. In the pilot, Rhoda tried everything she could to keep Mary from moving into the apartment she wanted. But ultimately the two were inseparable. Sometimes we find friends in the most unlikely places. Where would we be without them? So be kind to the people around you. You never know when those random characters might become regular co-stars in your life.
You’re going to make it after all
I relate to Mary because she moved away from everything familiar and started over without a real plan. In the opening credits as the theme song plays, I see myself as Mary walks through the crowded streets of Minneapolis and throws her beret in the air. It’s all about gaining confidence in who you are. The first season the last line was, “You might just make it after all.” After that, the words changed to “You’re going to make it after all,” because we could all see that she did. And that’s life. You’re not always sure of yourself, but give it some time and have a little grace for yourself. You’re going to make it after all.