I wish I could complain about writing this week, or analyze some facet of it.
But that doesn’t seem right considering all that’s happened this week.
Where I live right now and at my university, the election has kind of caused a ripple grief effect. Dwelling on the results isn’t good for us right now. In fact, it’s almost making us sick.
We organize, we plan our next moves, and we strategize. It’s not my place to butt in, and I look to the writing and example of those wiser than me. The situation is more complex than I know, and I don’t wish to cause any Facebook arguments or instigate any more divides than what we’re currently facing.
Right now, what is good for me is to listen, and indulge in some self care. We talked about that a bit in class this week, just to process, what we’re doing to just make sure we go day to day.
I mean, obviously my cat, friends, and family are what push me on in the larger scheme. But just going on with my life right now means making plans with friends and trying to be as normal as possible. Also choosing what kind of media to watch.
So far, this is what I’ve compiled as the most cathartic for me. I’d love to hear what everyone else is finding useful right now too.
This is my list:
- Mad Max: Fury Road
It’s a feminist version of The Iliad. That in itself makes this movie amazing, but, moreover, it is really helpful to watch at least clips of it at my angry moments now. And the final shot of Furiosa being lifted up gives me the kind of hopeful feeling I need right now.
2) The First Wives Club
It’s tempting to just leave it like that, but yes, watching Ivanna cameo coming off a spectacular divorce settlement has a sort of charged meaning to it now that I love. It’s a call to action now. Plus Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Bette Midler being as snarky and perfect as possibly is heartwarming, at the end of the day.
3. Lilo and Stitch (or really, any Disney film)
I say Lilo and Stitch because that is what I watched on November 9. It’s a fun comedy, it’s lighthearted, I didn’t have to think, and really, fun kid’s movies are the best on a tough day. I can’t recommend them enough.
“Supergirl” is a tv show, unlike the movies I’ve been listing, but it is one that runs purely on fun and joy. It’s female led, which is really important in what I watch right now (despite it’s pitfalls, as the creative team behind it is not as evenly gender split as it should be, though the show has thankfully been making moves toward that). And honestly, Kara’s speech on hope at the end of Season 1 saving the world is the kind of message I’m desperate to grab onto right now.
5. Pretty much any classic sitcom
I am one of those people who thinks the original “Boy Meets World” may have been the greatest sitcom ever written. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t watch an 11 minute video of Salem’s greatest hits from “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” on election night. “Friends” is pretty much self explanatory. And if you haven’t seen “Golden Girls”, stop what you’re doing and go watch an episode on youtube. Trust me, it will make you a lot happier.
Really, this category is open to anything. Old, new, whatever. “Bob’s Burgers”, “Arrested Development”, “Parks&Rec”, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, “The Nanny” – the list goes on. Watch something that’s pure purpose is to make you happy.
(P.S. If you have time for only one five minute video today, here’s one of Lin Manuel Miranda and his family reenacting “The Sound of Music”. It’s what you never knew you needed).