I know BoJack Horseman isn’t as much of a breakout hit as say, Walking Dead or Breaking Bad, but count me among its loyal fans. Who would’ve thought a ridiculous cartoon about a horse who’s a washed up 90’s TV star could be so funny, poignant, and heartbreaking all at once? The episodes are full of vulgar, biting humor, but then they’ll hit you with a gut punch that hits so close to home that you can’t help but reflect a bit on your own life.
Without going into detail, the latter half of 2017 was a SHITTY time for me. Life hit me with a truck full of lemons, and I’m slowly trying to make lemonade out of it all. I can’t tell if watching BoJack Horseman around that time was a good or bad idea, but it turned out to be unexpectedly cathartic. There’s so many parts of each character that hit so uncomfortably close. I think most adults at some point have all fallen into BoJack’s pit of self-loathing, felt Diane’s sense of self-doubt, or dove into Princess Carolyn’s compulsion to keep things in line for others but can’t seem to keep her own life together. You start out firing it up on Netflix thinking “oh haha look another Family Guy/South Park-like cartoon,” and then it hits you with a massive wave of emotion and you realize this show is really something else. It’s raw and unexpected.
Princess Carolyn was a character that first made me laugh, then made me see a little TOO much of myself in her, and made me cry by season 4. That’s a lot from someone who’s constantly crying out “YOU GOTTA GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER!”
“Laura! Clear out my schedule! I have to push a boulder up a hill and then have it roll over me time and time again with no regard for my well-being! “
That necklace. THAT GODDAMN NECKLACE BROKE MY HEART INTO A MILLION PIECES. (Where my season 4 peeps at? You know what I’m talking about, don’t pretend like it didn’t break you too)
BoJack Horseman might be one of the most stunningly honest shows I’ve seen, and like BoJack, I think we’ve all hit our low points where we didn’t know where to go or what to do, and BoJack’s character shows exactly what NOT to do when you find yourself in that place. There’s nothing weak or shameful about seeking help if life gets you down, and so many issues in life usually have an emotional or circumstantial root that can be addressed with the right kind of help from a trained and unbiased professional. A good support system from friends and family is important, but having another pair of trained eyes can make a world of a difference. Things happen, and you don’t have to go it alone.
And with that, I’m going to continue to follow Princess Carolyn’s battle cry of “You gotta get your shit together!” I’m still picking up the pieces, but dammit, I’ll get there sooner or later.
And yes, Princess Carolyn will be up for grabs at San Diego Comic-Con! She’s tough and she’ll work her ass off at anything you throw at her, but she’s still got a beating heart inside that she has a bad habit of neglecting sometimes. For whoever finds her: take good care of this one. ❤
If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year, follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!