Warning: this culture blog post contains spoilers for Stranger Things. You’ve been warned – continue if you dare.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve heard about or watched Stranger Things, the much buzzed about Netflix original series. My boyfriend pleaded with me to watch this with him, and I knew I had to oblige him, as he’s watched two seasons of Grace & Frankie with me without complaint. I hate all things scary, so I wasn’t really that excited to watch it, but I dove in anyway. I figured, with as much as I love Buffy and The X-Files, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad.
Binge-watch, engage. I was hooked. Totally hooked. HOW can I wait another year for another season? If I have to wait, I’m going to incorporate as much Stranger Things into my life as possible – including adopting some of the characteristics of the show’s characters.
Here’s what I am working on so far:
#1: Be persistent like Joyce.
We saw Joyce be single minded, with total focus on one thing: to find her son. Joyce doesn’t give up. She refuses to succumb to doubt, even when the odds are against her. Joyce works for what she wants, even if It can be exhausting. Refusing to give up, even when the odds are stacked against you, is incredibly important.
#2: Care like Barb.
It’s important that we care about the people in our lives. From our friends to our co-workers to the people we work with every day, everyone needs to feel like they matter to someone. Incorporating a level of caring into your day to day is one of the best things you can do.
#3: Try like Mike.
We see Mike refuse to give up on Will throughout the entire season. Mike refuses to let negativity get the best of him, and is the glue that holds his group of friends together. Mike has his moments of impatience and frustration, but through each episode, we can see that he clearly makes an effort, and does so for the greater good.
#4: Joke like Dustin.
We can’t work hard without playing hard. For me, humor is a vital part of what I do every day, every week. I love to joke around with my coworkers, or the people that I am training. Humor is such a welcome relief from structure and I believe it’s absolutely necessary to a happy work environment.
#5: Face your fears like Eleven.
Eleven is timid, but she’s also strong. She fears many things, but knows she has to face that fear in order to help others and restore order. I have felt that way many times in my career…the fear almost overtakes me, but I have to face that fear head on to do the best possible job I can do.
Bonus: Always take an Eggo break.
Deeanna S. is a Software Trainer and Tudor history buff who loves the outdoors.
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