Why the “How I Met Your Mother” Finale Didn’t Have To Make Sense

But love doesn’t make sense. You can’t logic your way into or out of it. Love is totally nonsensical. But we have to keep doing it, or else we’re lost and love is dead and humanity should just pack it in. Because love is the best thing we do.”  —Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother Season 9, Episode 22.


After 8 years, 9 seasons, more than 200 episodes, the journey of the 5 friends in How I Met Your Mother has finally ended.

We’ve all just taken part in the adventures of Ted, Barney, Robin, Lily and Marshall. In these past few years, they’ve become part of our lives as we’ve seen them laugh, cry, smile and even believe that love is the greatest thing in the world.

The 5 friends we've followed through 9 seasons

The 5 friends we’ve followed through 9 seasons

We’ve had slap-bets with our friends, legen-wait for it….dary moments, and we’ve even used that famous, “Have you met (insert name here)?” wingman line. 

I will miss the drama of these 5 friends, and seeing them grow as individuals. It was 8 years of growing with them and learning how to love and hate every character in the show. There were those moments where I just wanted to punch Ted, and there were those moments where I sat there, emotions overflowing as I empathized with Ted after another failed relationship.

The kids of Ted just as shocked as us during the finale.......

The kids of Ted just as shocked as us during the finale…….

It was through HIMYM that I learned about the importance of friendships, spending time with them, picking each other up during tough times and being there during the big moments. It was about enduring the tough break-ups, parting ways but ultimately returning to the people who have been there for you since the very start.

You will be shocked when you discover how easy it is in life to part ways with people forever. That’s why when you find someone you want to keep around, you do something about it.” —Ted Mosby,How I Met Your Mother Season 9 Episode 21: “Gary Blauman”

HIMYM also showed us that love isn’t easy or simple. Yet the journey can help us grow to understand a bit more about how life works even if somethings just don’t make sense. It showed us that importance of patience and waiting. I mean, we had to wait episode after episode, season after season to finally see who Ted would end up with. And finally, it showed us that the world can give us gigantic signs that make us believe in destiny.

Although a lot of us may have been initially disappointed at how the season finale went, I realized that ultimately, there was no possible way to end this series right. For all the moments and experiences we’ve had watching HIMYM, we had all these grand speculations as we imagined a grand ending or one that would make us tear up. There were numerous different speculations as to how the series would end. There were different theories and discussions online. And before we knew it, HIMYM had ended with Ted going full circle to the first girl he said, “I love you,” to.

A lot of us may have ended up scratching our heads in disbelief as to how the series ended yet like what the story of Ted Mosby showed us, things don’t have to make sense. And maybe, this is why, this ending was not so bad after all because love, and maybe even life in general doesn’t make sense.

But love doesn’t make sense. You can’t logic your way into or out of it. Love is totally nonsensical. But we have to keep doing it, or else we’re lost and love is dead and humanity should just pack it in. Because love is the best thing we do.”  —Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother Season 9, Episode 22.

Thank you HIMYM for all the good times and lessons about love :)

Thank you HIMYM for all the good times and lessons about love 🙂

So thank you “How I Met Your Mother” for all the laughter, the tears, the lessons that you taught us and the love that you got us to believe in.

-David Ongchoco

 

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