For Better or for Worse

I don’t watch all that much television, but the shows that I do watch have decided to use the same phrase this week. I’m not sure if it means a thing, but I’d like to explore it. For better or for worse: meaning, whether the outcome is good or bad, we stick to the decision made behind it.

SPOILERS involved from the January, 2016 episodes of X-Files, Arrow,  and Legends of Tomorrow. Read with caution.

X-Files
Mulder: I’m afraid that book is closed.
Scully: As are the X-Files…for better or worse. We’ve moved on with our lives.
Mulder: Yes, we have. For better or for worse.

Scully is implying that things have moved on and that even if it wasn’t for the best, it is what it is. Mulder is just like this is what life is like right now, and he’s given up…until, of course, it’s time to become Spooky Mulder again.

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Arrow
Felicity: My point being is that we didn’t really exchange any vows, so the whole for better or worse thing doesn’t really apply here.
Oliver: What are you talking about?
Felicity: That maybe the real reason you haven’t been here is because…
Oliver: Felicity…(takes ring from pocket and holds it up so she can see.) The nurse. She took this off of you in the E.R. How dare she? (Slips that bling-bling ring onto her finger)… For better, for worse.

This is a clear declaration of love and promise….and also a hint that Doom’s Day may be around the corner. ::Shuts eyes in fear:: It’ll be okay. And breathe.

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Legends of Tomorrow
Sarah: This mission is about changing the future. And if we have the power to change the world, don’t you think we have the power to change our own fate?
Captain Cold: For better or for worse.

We can make or fate good or bad.

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The same phrase used over multiple shows meaning specifically very different things for very different characters gives me pause. What do I think of it?

Stick to what I choose…for better or for worse.

Do what I am meant to do…for better or for worse.

Let the past go…for better or for worse.

The underlying theme here? Decision. Do you eat that cheesecake or not? Do you take time out of your busy life to go to the gym or stay home? Do you tell your boss what you really think of the changes she made last week or do you let it go? Do you quit your job and pursue your dream? Do you have children or not? Get married or not? Decide to be happy or not? Make your choices and stick to them and let the chips fall where they

Make your choices and stick to them and let the chips fall where they may. You can always do the other thing later, but the good or bad consequences from your initial decision will come — for better or for worse. You cannot control everything, and when that realization hits you, how will you handle it? You must learn to trust yourself in this great gift given to us all…life. Easier said than done, right?

Now, enough of all that. Who’s enjoying the X-Files reboot? I thought the premiere was crazy awesome but still have issues with it. What kind of a die-hard fan would I be if I didn’t? And loved the Legends of Tomorrow premiere. And Arrow? Can’t get enough of that show…like ever.

Thanks for reading. Nearly one month down of 2016. Just 11 more to go…for better or for worse. 😉

 

 

2 thoughts on “For Better or for Worse

  1. Thoughtful post. We can’t always control everything, being afraid to exercise our power to make decisions is not excusable. Staying the course after we have boldly taken a decision is not always easy. but that’s where commitment and tenacity take over. For better or for worse!

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