5 Life Lessons From House’s Series Finale

More than 11 million people watched House and Wilson ride off into the sunset Monday night on FOX.

The hour-long show was complicated to say the least to watch. Most episodes are hard for me to follow with competing timelines and stories. And this one was no exception. But I also wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

I was glued from the beginning. ‘What will happen next?’

Afterwards I got a text from a co-worker who wanted to know every little detail – she was working that night – so I was forced to condense my report into 160 characters or less on 5 texts.

During my retelling it hit me that the eight-year long series taught me more than mysterious medical conditions, it taught me about life.

First off, be yourself.

House could care less what others thought about him. He wanted to do what he desired, be it taking drugs or playing mental games with his medical staff. He didn’t let convention or societal ideals stop him.

Second, companionship is important to well-being.

Yes, he bugged Wilson – and used him for personal gain many times, but in the end, he saved his own life (from a burning building) to share his life with a dying Wilson.

‘When the cancer gets too bad-‘

House responds with a ‘cancer’s boring.’ He wants to enjoy every moment he can.

Their characters are not gay – yes, they have a bromance, but it’s House’s heart that shines through during the last scene.

Third, life happens.

My mother recently died after getting a brain tumor last year. Of course, I didn’t want her to get it, but it happened. A co-worker of mine died after getting hit by a car. As callous as it sounds, things happen in life we’re not prepared for. Wilson got cancer. Other medical staff left – it’s how we react to situations that I think define us. Like House deciding to spend time with Wilson. Since House did not come back, Chase took over his position. At some point, life must go on. Business does not stop. Life does not stop evolving.

Fourth, believe in yourself.

House hallucinated several former people who urged him to save himself. He didn’t think he could do it – get out – and then when he finally decided yes he fell through the floor to the ground where he laid on his bum leg, finally getting up again – once he knew what he wanted, life, he went for it –

Fifth, letting go.

Flashbacks included colleagues saying he was more interested in the puzzle, instead of the patient. But it was also that puzzle obsession that ‘cured’ patients of their ills. His brain never turned off – even during his hallucinations he carried on full conversations with imaginary beings. In the end, the puzzle lost. Wilson meant more than solving riddles.

Simple things people can do with their lives. I’m learning every day. It’s just funny seeing it projected through a television screen.

If you missed the finale and what a review, go to http://cbsn.ws/Lyk4oG

What did you learn from the show?

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