David and I have been having a major Office moment lately. We’ve watched the show regularly for a while – although I have to say, I am hoping the current season is the last – and now that it’s on Netflix, it’s easy to just put it on when I’m cooking dinner, or painting my nails, or cleaning or whatever.
It used to be so good, you guys. Jim and Pam used to be cool. They used to be so cool! Remember that? Pam had dreams of being an artist, and she even went to Pratt (to learn Flash, Acrobat and Quark in the same class… I guess Pratt doesn’t have a solid grasp on what tools graphic designers need). Jim used to do funny pranks and encourage Pam to do more than be a receptionist.
Somewhere along the way, they lost their ambition, and lost their status as the cool kids who didn’t really belong at Dunder Mifflin. I don’t find them entertaining, I just find them irritating. They’re so smug!
I guess it’s a good reminder to not lose sight of your goals. Sometimes I feel like I’m just kind of drifting from day to day – I have long term things I’m working toward, but it can be easy to lose sight of that. I don’t want to wake up in 5 years and realize I’ve turned into Jim Halpbert, still holding down basically the same job I had 8 years ago, and parenting two unplanned children. The Office is just a TV show – these characters are stunted because if they left the Office they’d leave the show – but I still feel like it’s a good life lesson. Sure, as you grow your goals can expand and change. But once in a while it’s good to check in with yourself and make sure you’re still moving forward because as Gretchen Rubin always says: The days are long but the years are short.