The lessons that The Office US taught me

Despite being the huge Steve Carell fan that I am, The Office US was never really something that I felt drawn too. I always had the misconception that I felt like it was forced, awkward humour and that was never really my vibe – considering that movies like American Pie made me CRINGE beyond belief. Scrolling through my Facebook aimlessly on a day-to-day basis, I began to see clips of Jim pranking Dwight and realised that this ‘mockumentary’ could actually be really great.

If you have never heard of it before (more shame on you) than it is about a camera crew that follow the office life of a paper company called Dunder Mifflin, and the trials and tribulations of working with the same people for twelve years of your life. 

It wasn’t until my boyfriend suggested that we began watching it one night, that I finally began to watch the show I had wondered about for years. In the beginning, admittedly I found the humour hard to adjust to and the awkwardness did make me squeal from time to time, but after a few episodes I was beyond hooked. I have laughed more than I have at any other show, and cried more times than I would ever like to admit, one of the most prevalent lines that spoke to me in the show was in the final episode, when Pam says…

“It took me so long to do so many important things. It’s just hard to accept that I spent so many years being less happy than I could have been. Jim was five feet from my desk and it took me four years to get to him. It’d be great if people saw this documentary and learned from my mistakes. Not that I’m a tragic person – I’m really happy, now. But… it would just, just make my heart soar if someone out there saw this and said to herself ‘Be strong. Trust yourself. Love yourself. Conquer your fears. Just go after what you want, and act fast, because life just isn’t that long.” 

As I finish my second time watching the series from start to finish, I wanted to tell all of you some of the things that this crazy, incredible show has taught me.  

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover 

Take Michael Scott for example, a man who first appears to only be interested in making inappropriate jokes and overstepping the line constantly – you come to realise that he is instead a man that just craves love, and feels that constant overwhelming need to make everyone like him that his intensity sometimes achieves the opposite effect. Always remember to try and look past what first appears to the eye! 

Love takes work, but is worth it

Even if you have never watched The Office, there is no doubt that you have heard of the dreamworthy couple, Jim and Pam. After seeing them finally get together after he waited for her patiently as he watched her previously engaged to someone else, we thought that when they finally become a couple that it would be like a fairytale. While for the most part it was, the couple underwent Marriage Counselling and came out stronger than ever making viewers realise that relationships take sacrifice and risk on both ends and it will be oh so worth it in the end. 

You’re never too old to have fun

You see fairly quickly into the first episode that Jim likes to prank Dwight, whether that is: putting his stuff in jelly, his desk in the bathroom or my personal favourite of putting a few nickels in his phone headset over a few weeks so gets used to the weight and then taking them all out at once so he hits himself in the head. I mean, you can’t help but have a bit of a guilty giggle at that. I loved watching this throughout the series, because they all played jokes on each other and confirms that you really are never too old to put someone’s stapler in jelly.

Sometimes it takes a while to realise your passion

I am a firm believer that they’re should never be a time scale on realising what you want to do in life, and some of the most interesting people I have ever met, who have experienced so much in terms of life experience, still have no idea. Who is anyone to judge how old you should be before you achieve certain expected goals in your life. It takes Jim 12 years of working in one job to realise what he truly wants to do, and that is only when Pam finally pushes him to make it happen for real and sacrifices what she wants to help him achieve his dream.

Never waste time being less happy than you could be

As the lovely Pam in the final scene of the show says that she struggled to watch the show back as she couldn’t handle seeing herself so much less happy than she could have been. It is so hard to recognise this sometimes, and it’s easy to think you are happy but it just takes one little push in the right direction like Jim kissing Pam and telling her how he felt, which then snowballs into her becoming a really happy person. 

 So goodbye from me and my pals from The Office,

Nicole x


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