Stay True Even If It Scares The Hell Out Of You

Stay True Even If It Scares The Hell Out Of You

Stay true to yourself. People respond to authenticity.

Barbra Streisand

Stranger Things is such a thrilling and extraordinary TV series. From telekinesis and Demogorgons—to awesome friendships and great love. This show has shared a lot of emotions to its viewers.

Season 3 has recently ended and the ending is not so good. Hopper is gone. And that scene where El couldn’t find him after saving the world again was so heartbreaking. Seeing Joyce who can’t say a word and just keep on crying harder and harder, making it more tear-jerking.

Fast forward

After three months, everyone is back to living their life. As for El, she may have lost a father but she has gained a mother. And as Joyce fixed Hopper’s clothes, she stumbled on his written speech. El asked for it and the message left her (and us) in a bucketful of tears.

Hopper’s emotional letter to El

“Feelings. Jesus. The truth is, for so long, I’d forgotten what those even were. I’ve been stuck in one place, in a cave, you might say. A deep, dark cave. And then, I left some Eggos out in the woods, and you came into my life. For the first time in a long time, I started to feel things again. I started to feel happy.

But, lately, I guess I’ve been feeling distant from you. Like you’re pulling away from me, or something. I miss playing board games every night, making triple-decker Eggo extravaganzas at sunrise, watching westerns together before we doze off. But I know you’re getting older. Growing. Changing. And I guess, if I’m being really honest, that’s what scares me. I don’t want things to change. So, I think maybe that’s why I came in here to try to maybe stop that change. To turn back the clock. To make things go back to how they were. But I know that’s naive. It’s just not how life works. It’s moving. Always moving, whether you like it or not.

And, yeah, sometimes it’s painful. Sometimes it’s sad. And sometimes, it’s surprising. Happy. So, you know what? Keep on growing up, kid. Don’t let me stop you. Make mistakes, learn from ‘em and when life hurts you, because it will, remember the hurt. The hurt is good. It means you’re out of that cave. But, please, if you don’t mind, for the sake of your poor old dad, keep the door open three inches.

Jim Hopper, Stranger Things 3 (2019)

Keep it real and true

Hopper’s letter is simple but very powerful. At some point in our lives, we have been kind of like him. Love broke us and made us whole again. We’ve felt so much pain and got scared like hell. But in the end, we got to be brave and stay true to ourselves. Because life is too short to live in lies and pretend that it’s okay when it’s not. His message is not just for El, but for all of us.

The post-credit scene

Our tears may have been dried by this time and there’s a lump in our throats or our eyes are already swollen. But then, the post-credit scene came. And it is about an unidentified American prisoner. Dang! I wishfully think it’s Hopper and I badly wish it’s really him. Anyway, I hope we’re all ready for the upcoming season 4. Connect with us on social media and let’s nerd about Stranger Things stuff. For now, I’m leaving you with the Never Ending Story song. TTYL.

Never Ending Story – Gaten Matarazzo, Gabriella Pizzolo
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