Thoughts on some very powerful quotes from the Finale:
Mikey Likes It! The Office Finale was absolutely great, maybe even life-changing? Two very powerful quotes, one from Pam and one from Andy, absolutely had me floored. I’m going to discuss those quotes in a bit more detail because I think when we actually take the time to think about these quotes in relation to our own lives, it can give new meaning to our lives and, hopefully, make us all realize what truly matters to us.
“I wish there was a way to know you’re in the ‘good ole days’ before you’ve actually left them” –Andy
I admit, I never really got into The Office until the later seasons, and I know most people have suggested that after Michael left, the show was a shell of its former self. But I don’t know why, I just simply enjoyed the show when Michael wasn’t the centrepiece of attention. And one of my personal favourite characters on the show, Andy, offered up that whopper of a quote in the finale.
Andy’s quote, to me, means that we need to slow it down a bit, especially in today’s fast-paced world. We need to appreciate everything in our lives rather than focusing on the negative. These are ‘the good ole days’, we’re in them now, so make the best of it while you can. Well done Office writing team! 😀
“There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things! Isn’t that kind of the point?”
Pam! Love her. This quote sums up the show from start to finish. The simplest, most ordinary things, such as selling paper for a paper company, can be an absolute thing of beauty (to me, this was mainly because Pam ended up finding the love of her life and also because of the family-type relationships Dunder Mifflin co-workers achieved throughout the show—they were a family). I’ve worked for organizations both large and small (I am a former lawyer after all)… and the one big thing I noticed from these work experiences is that there was nothing ordinary about them. I think most lawyers go to law school for all the wrong reasons (mainly, money—greedy bastards! and reputation). It wasn’t until recently that I actually thought about this decision and is why I left the profession. I am like Pam in a way, I really want to have a ‘home away from home’, a family of co-workers, an army of compassionate soldiers that ACTUALLY care.
In today’s world, I see a lot of what I like to call ‘fakeness’. Apparently, it’s not a word—but it should be. As I define it, ‘fakeness’ is simply the act of pretending to be someone your not, but not necessarily knowing you’re doing it. For example, I convinced myself that I wanted to be a lawyer, that I would be able to help people and that I would make a lot of money doing so. Turns out, money was never all that important to me, and helping people is the last thing law firms care about (reality is—they want you to pay them lots and lots of money so they can reach their billable hours and get a bonus). So Pam’s quote really struck a chord for me. It is not so much about what we do with our careers and our lives—rather it is about building a family and turning something that might seem absolutely ordinary on its face into something beautiful. Jim said it best during the Finale: “Everything I have I owe to this job…. This stupid, WONDERFUL, boring, AMAZING, job”. This show will be missed!