So we have just broken up for summer and I’m binge watching Stranger Things 3 to celebrate. Good timing Netflix.
(I do recognise that it’s the waiting for each episode, the expectation, that’s part of the experience – our need to consume everything now isn’t going to lead anywhere good. so not too often but its a treat!)
The music, the atmosphere, the intensity that causes that skin prickling feeling when things get serious.
Joyce is such a bad ass bitch. She shows us that there is nothing a mother wont do for her kids – like a superpower. Also shes pretty hot.
It reminds me of just how fucking hardcore and incredible the human spirit is. Yeah we can be stupid, we struggle to manage our emotions and impulses. I like to think that we will figure it out. The mind is a miracle. When the things we care about are in danger we can stretch further, run faster, shout louder, fight harder, be selfless. Fight or flight isn’t all bad?
They all totally seem to have PTSD from what happened. Some things have moved forward in good ways, I’m so glad we can talk about our feelings more now. Mental health is important. ‘We’ve got shared trauma, so whats a little more?’
I love the vintage, retro, the simplicity and the style. I want some of the outfits, I wish things were still more like that. The dresses, checked shirts, high waist trousers, stripes, Fashion, consumerism and society hadn’t taken over as much as it had now.
The journey of friendships and relationships. How they are all in it together, how they support each other, Like a real family. Trust, bravery, sacrifice, Empathy. The connections they have are so beautiful. Love. Mike is in love with El. Joyce and Hopper. Dustin and Suzie. I personally am I massive fan of love, I know sex is great but its not everything. I’m glad they show this in the story.
They are a great example of equality, diversity and inclusion. Its not about what you wear, your hair colour, how many teeth you have, how nerdy you are. Its SO MUCH MORE than that.
Eleven. El. Shes amazing. Seeing her grow and develop reminds me of our students. How even those of us with the a shitty start in the world, who are alone, weird and different. We can learn, grow and flourish, thrive. Difficult, hard, impossible, struggles can help us to find that spark of our spirit. Hope.
Just so much love for it all. Emotional endings are the best. Of course I cried.
Hoppers speech –
“There’s something I’ve been wanting to talk to you both about – and I know this is a difficult conversation. But I care about you both very much. And I know you care about each other very much and that’s why it’s important that we set these boundaries moving forward so we can build an environment, where we ALL feel comfortable, trusted and open to sharing our feelings
Feelings. Jesus. The truth is, for so long, I’d forgotten what those even were. I’ve been stuck in one place – in a cave, you might say. A deep dark cave. And then, I left some Eggos out in the woods and you came into my life and… for the first time in a long time, I started to feel things again. I started to feel happy.
But lately, I guess I’ve been feeling… distant from you. Like you’re pulling away from me or something. I miss playing board games every night, making triple-decker Eggo extravaganzas at sunrise, watching westerns together before we doze off.
But I know you’re getting older, growing, changing. And I guess… if i’m being really honest, that’s what scares me. I don’t want things to change. So I think maybe that’s why I came here, to try to maybe… stop that change. To turn back the clock. To make things go back to how they were.
But I know that’s naive. It’s just… not how life works. It’s moving. Always moving whether you like it or not. And yeah, sometimes it’s painful. Sometimes it’s sad and sometimes it’s surprising. Happy.
So you know what? Keep on growing up, kid. Don’t let me stop you. Make mistakes, learn from ’em, and when life hurts you – because it will – remember the hurt. The hurt is good. It means you’re out of that cave.
But, please, if you don’t mind, for the sake of your poor old dad, keep the door open three inches.”
Shows like this put me on a high, and make me think so much more and open my mind.