I feel like I’ve been on a roller coaster this week. It’s been awhile since I’ve experienced so many up and down emotions like I’ve had these past seven days.
And it wasn’t just one thing – there was an incident at school, a shift in direction for my work projects (which meant backing and up and restarting again) and stress from some financial stuff going on.
It was just non-stop. Every day, the morning would start one way and by the time I was heating up some dinner, my world had shifted again.
But you know what saved me from totally losing it? (OK maybe I did cry a couple of times this week, but that’s not the point!)
I wrote a post last year confessing my secret about my Inner Nerd. As I said before, I’m a science fiction nerd. Not in that Star Wars or Star Trek kinda way. My nerd-dom takes it a step further.
So what saved my sanity this week? There was a week-long marathon of Doctor Who on TV. Whovians are getting ready for the new season with a new Doctor so BBC America ran back-to-back episodes of Doctor Who.
Every day, I watched at least 3 episodes. I even sneaked in a few when Jake got home from school. After homework time, I grabbed the remote before he could put on one of those squeaky cartoons he watches.
He was OK with the change in the TV line-up. I introduced Jake to the Doctor last year and even he’s been waiting for the new season to start.
I even stayed up late too many days this week watching the Doctor on Mars or in the past with Winston Churchill or one of the Christmas specials. I got lost in the stories and those wonderful speeches that the Doctor always makes. I cried when companions left. I felt the thrill when the Doctor saved the planet.
The Doctor can always make things right in the world, no matter whose world it is.
The Eternal Optimist
One of the reasons I love Doctor Who so much is that he is always the eternal optimist. With every episode I watched, I was reminded to believe in the goodness of humanity. That we’re all going through our own problems and I’m not alone in my roller coaster crazy week.
I mean, if the Doctor can save the world in 11 minutes and 29 seconds, I can certainly get through this day.
And I did.
I realize how weird this sounds. The idea that watching the Doctor pushed me through my emotional ride this week. But then again … when have a I ever claimed to be normal?
What’s this really all about?
For those of you who never watched Doctor Who and don’t understand this post, let me share this quote I found online. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll have sparked your interest and you’ll tune into BBC and find your own inner Doctor.
“What my friend asked: What’s Doctor Who about?
What I said: It’s about an alien named ‘The Doctor’ who travels though time in a spaceship that looks like a police telephone box, who saves people and other aliens with the help of his companions and a tool called a ‘sonic screwdriver’.
What I meant: IT’S ABOUT FRIENDSHIP AND BRAVERY AND LOVE AND LOSS, AND LIFE AND DEATH AND FORGIVENESS AND GUILT, AND BEING HUMAN AND BEING LESS THAN HUMAN AND SOMETIMES A BIT MORE THAN HUMAN, SKILL AND INTELLECT AND SOMETIMES A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK, FINDING THE EXTRAORDINARY IN THE SEEMINGLY ORDINARY, LOOKING UP AT THE NIGHT SKY AND REALIZING YOU’RE PART OF AN IMPOSSIBLY BEAUTIFUL AND MYSTERIOUS UNIVERSE AND THAT YOU DON’T KNOW ALL THE ANSWERS NO MATTER HOW CLEVER YOU ARE.
IT’S ABOUT EMBRACING YOUR INNER DARKNESS SO THAT YOU CAN STAND IN THE LIGHT OF YOUR TRUTH. IT’S ABOUT HAVING THE GUTS TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT EVEN WHEN EVERYONE ELSE JUST RUNS AWAY.” – unknown