We all have a list of regrets in our mind. Some big, some small. Some we’ve processed and accepted and no longer necessarily can be called regrets.Imagine having the possibility to go back in time and fix these mistakes. Come on, admit it, you’ve thought about this before, haven’t you?
Well, this is the basis of the TV show “Being Erica” and I love it.
How does it work?
There are these people, called Doctors. They appear in people’s life when they need them the most and promise them that, if they write down a list of regrets, they will help them go back and fix them. If somebody would come and tell me that, I certainly would be skeptic, but I really don’t believe I would say no. Would you?
The main character, Erica, is a typical underachiever and she is at the lowest point in her life. In comes Dr. Tom. He promises her to change her entire life for the best, but can he deliver?
When she starts to work through her regrets, by going back in time, she quickly learns that she can’t abuse her new therapy and that most of the times, you can’t really fix your regrets, but you can learn from them and most importantly you can learn to live with them.
Why I like Being Erica?
Forget the fact that the show is entertaining. It’s actually amazingly educational.
There are so many life lessons in this show, that you simply must watch it to see what I mean.
One big part that stands out in this show are the quotes that Dr. Tom tells Erica. Each has a meaning that is relevant to the situation she is in.
It is hard to pick some favourites, as all of them are strong and solid quotes, but here are some that I really liked:
- In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. – Albert Einstein
- The life which is unexamined is not worth living. – Plato (this is actually one that I already knew and that I really believe)
- We create our fate every day we live. – Henry Miller
- Darkness is only driven out with light, not more darkness. – Martin Luther King Jr
- Let your net always be cast, and in the pool which you least expect, there will be a fish. – Ovid
Also, how would I have heard about this song if I didn’t watch the show:
I think that he best thing to learn from Being Erica is that:
a) You have to learn from your mistakes and let them go, not hold on to them and let them become regrets
b) You can change your future based on the choices that you make today, but a decision that you’ve made a while ago and you don’t agree with it anymore, doesn’t mean it’s wrong