So why do I care and why should you care? With so much craziness in the world today (I can't even keep track of all the breaking news stories!) and so much to worry about (don’t even get me started on climate change), famous faces give us the chance to emotionally invest in some stability, in a happy ending. Life is pretty damn unpredictable which is why we look to celebrities to live out our fantasy lives, as close to perfection as can be achieved. We look to them for that ever-elusive happily ever after.
Such is the case with Harry and Meghan, right? We wanted so badly to believe that, after their fairy tale wedding in Windsor, they would live happily ever after at the palace, er, Frogmore Cottage...but life prevailed. Circumstances are requiring them to become private citizens and test the waters doing something else. Sure, it’s made our January 2020 harder, but they’ll adapt and we’ll adapt. We’ll grow into this new role together. It’s going to be just fine.
Ditto Brad and Jen. Needless to say, their relationship has been a steady stream of highs and lows. Still, for a brief glimmering moment backstage, they showed the world that it is possible to come out on the other side and be better. (And look incredible at the same time. They’re both in their 50s. My God.)
Now, where does that leave us? With just enough hope for the year ahead, perhaps? TBH, I have zero clue what's to come this year, let alone in the decade beyond. But I do know that after seeing Brad and Jen, and after reframing the initially-disappointing news about Meghan and Harry, I officially have a new outlook on 2020: It’s going to be chock-full of emotional baggage and I’m here for it. And while it’s borderline insane to put that much hope and happiness in the lives of a celebrity couple or family that we’ve adopted as our own, there’s solace in knowing that there are happy endings, even if they aren't what we initially envisioned. And if we just take a moment, it might all work out? Brad and Jen are proof that we’ve been here before.
With that, deep breaths: It’s going to be just fine.
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