I don’t know about you all, but honest to God I whole heartedly adore the show Grey’s Anatomy by Shonda Rhimes. I have friends who agree, but after watching exciting seasons like eight and nine, have falling off the bandwagon due to new characters. This is understandable to some degree–because Rhimes has a way of emotionally attaching the viewer to certain characters. If those characters are suddenly taken off the show I can understand how a viewer would want to stop watching.
I have stayed loyal to Grey’s because Rhimes’ character development is spot on. Characters you thought you would always hate end up being the ones you love the most. Grey’s Anatomy has so many exciting aspects that I am interested in as well–love, drama, and life lessons. Not to mention, the medical aspect of the show is very interesting and entertaining. Granted, some medical features are not completely factual, but the diseases are– and these diseases happen to real people. This has definitely caused me to shed a few tears. Another feeling that is a very frequent theme in Grey’s Anatomy is love.
While watching this show, you soon discover that it is not just about doctors and their patients. It’s also about their personal lives–whether that is a natural disaster or their love life. There have been many relationships that have filtered through this show. Some successful, others not as successful.
Throughout all of this time, the main character Doctor Meredith Grey and her neuro-surgeon husband, Derek Shepard have managed to stay together through thick and thin. They have been through more than the average couple, especially this season (season 11) I wasn’t sure if they were going to make it. The way the creator, Shonda Rhimes, sets everything up, it seemed as if Derek and Meredith were about to end their marriage for good.
Derek was offered a job by the president in Washington D.C. He decided to decline the offer because his wife Meredith wanted to stay in her home town Seattle, WA and continue her work there. Derek’s decision quickly took a toll on him and he began to resent Meredith. Tensions ran high and the couple got into an argument resulting in Derek accepting the job in Washington D.C. Once he arrived, he gets settled and starts to work with a woman who was on her way of making a medical breakthrough. Once this woman and Derek finally get the results they desired in the lab– this woman made a move on Derek.
How did Derek respond? He took the next plan back to Seattle to tell Meredith what happened. To finally say to her and I quote “I thought D.C. was everything and I was wrong–you–you–you’re everything–I love you–and I’m not gonna stop loving you–Meredith I can’t live without you–I don’t wanna live without you–and I’m gonna do everything in my power to prove it” (abcfamily.com). After this, Meredith paused and thought with a concerned face. Meredith went on to say “I can live without you…but I don’t want to…I don’t ever want to”(abcfamily.com). The narrator who is also Dr. Grey voices “Just because we can live without something, it doesn’t mean we have to. This brings me to the next subject I’m going to talk about; life lessons.
For some who dislike this show, Grey’s Anatomy is a corny drama about doctors and their love lives. It is much more than that for me and many others; it is an amazing piece of art that affects our lives with the life lessons it teaches us. Enjoy these life lessons quotes I’ve picked out:
- No one remembers easy–Why do we even try when the barriers are so high and the odds are so low? Why don’t we just pack it in and go home? It’d be so, so much easier. It’s because in the end, there’s no glory in easy. No one remembers easy. They remember the blood and the bones and the long agonizing fight to the top. And that is how you become legendary.
– Amelia Shepherd (Season11, Ep.14-The Distance)
- Do you like what you see?–Picture the life you dreamed of living, the person you pictured being with. Picture the job you dreamed you’d have. Are you living the life you envisioned for yourself? Are you who you wanted to be when you grew up?
How’s the view? Do you like what you see? Think back again to when you were little. Are you living the life you pictured for yourself? Or are you still dreaming of something bigger?
– Meredith Grey (Season11, Ep.18-When I Grow Up)
- Transition is movement–There’s a stage you go through in child birth and it’s the toughest part. It’s called the transition stage. You’ve been pushing so hard and so long. You’re exhausted, spent and there’s nothing to show for all of your effort. During this transition stage, it feels like you can’t go on but it’s because you’re very nearly there.
Transition is movement. From one part of life to a whole new one. And it can feel like one long, scary, dark tunnel but you have to come out the other side. Because what’s been waiting there, might be glorious.
– Meredith Grey (Season10, Ep.16-We Gotta Get Out of This Place)
I would like to thank Shonda Rhimes for creating such a powerful show that has been on the air for over ten years. I will continue watching Grey’s Anatomy until it’s over and I’ll take with me the life lessons I’ve learned along the way.