Two Love Stories, One Lesson Learned: HIMYM Finale

Maybe it’s a bit too late, but after the second look at HIMYM finale (yes, I watched it twice), I decided to pitch in my two cents about the ending of this beloved tv sitcom…

For a lot of the HIMYM fans, the show ended with a low remark. Many of them felt betrayed because of some reasons such as:
1. Barney and Robin got divorced after they made the entire season revolved around their wedding,
2. The Mother already passed away by the time Ted told the story to the kids despite the fact that they made us wait 9 seasons just to see her face, and
3. apparently Ted and Robin got back together after the roller coaster kind of relationship they have been through together, and that this whole show is never about how Ted met the mother, despite the title “How I Met Your Mother”

I, too, was disappointed to find out that the end was not what I wanted. But then, I realized that, it may not be the ending that I wanted, but it was the most fitting.

If the writers have made a happy ending for all the characters, it would’ve fallen as too “fairy-tale”-ish. And we all know that real life doesn’t always end with a happily ever after.

We were all rooting for Ted and Tracy because we wanted them to have a perfect romance that is almost impossible to happen in reality. We were joyed by the fact that Ted finally found a female version of him and they had a great relationship… until Tracy died.

“we wanted them to have a perfect romance that is almost impossible to happen in reality.”

It’s tragic and even cruel, because for a second we believed that a “happily ever after” is possible, and then they slapped us back to reality when they, again, had Ted heartbroken because someone he loved that much was taken away from him. We may be wondering why can’t a love that perfect stays forever?

Well, kids, in life bad things happen and good things happen. Just like how we always know that bad things will pass, so will the good ones. Just remember that nothing stays forever in this changing world.

In the case of Ted and Robin, I see it as a perfect show of how timing’s the biggest bitch on earth. Sometimes, we meet the right person in a wrong time. And when the time is not right, the only thing we can do is wait until it is. Six years after Tracy died, Ted was finally able to move on and he realized that he still loved Robin. He went for it and we all knew that this time Ted and Robin is here for good.

“…timing’s the biggest bitch on earth. Sometimes, we meet the right person in a wrong time.”

Come to think of it. If Robin didn’t marry Barney, they wouldn’t have hired a bass player and Ted wouldn’t have met Tracy. And maybe Robin and Ted would’ve ended up married earlier, but they’d be divorced because Robin couldn’t have kids and Ted wanted them so much. But Robin and Ted’s love came when Ted already had kids and Robin’s become a successful news presenter, everybody got what they want. The second time, it was just the right time.

The end of HIMYM concluded with two love stories, each has its own uniqueness and flaws. And both are equally special, but most importantly these stories leave us with one message: love comes when the time is right… and it’s totally worth the wait.

“love comes when the time is right… and it’s totally worth the wait.”

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