This Rick Steves Community link lists a bunch of Norwegian television shows. Excited to try out a few of the suggestions! Also, wouldn't it be great to work for his company? Sure seems like it.
The original Norwegian version of Maniac is really unique and funny. It addresses modern mental health in a way that makes the characters accessible to the audience. Fennel Steuert wrote an excellent review of Maniac that has a lot of spoilers. For all its greatness, the show also carries many stereotypes and antiquated yet commonplace biases.
Society fits that description: Greatness and stereotypes and antiquated yet commonplace bias. I see it in people I meet and in myself, too. It's overwhelming to think about sometimes. Try as humanity might to make this description different from generation to generation, we will never attain perfection. That doesn't mean to stop trying or give up, though. Effort and the cycle of development are meaningful even as they never reach perfection. Meaning is in the process.
It'd be cool if part of my process could involve a close-knit family or mutual understanding between me and my siblings, but I don't know whether that will ever materialize. I'd like to travel out of this state, out of this country, and meet people in beverage shops or on the beach like I did ages ago. It's exciting to think about getting lost somewhere and forgoing all of my responsibilities.
In the coming weeks and months, I'd like to learn how to know which discussions are my responsibility and which I can forgo. I sat with my boss last week and talked her through discontent. It seemed at first that it was my discontent she wanted to discuss, but it became clear through facial expression, body language, and what she repeated that it was her own discontent she felt necessary to analyze. This is the same woman who wants to eat lunch together but doesn't want to call it work time if lunch is purchased for us. She also asked that we go out after work when she would be "not the boss." She asks for a lot of time and recognition of her contributions, and she doesn't seem to appreciate that she asks for too much of me as an employee and as a person.
Anyhow, as I talked with her last week, she kept saying contradictory things like, "This is who I am. I am not going to change," and then in another breath, "I want you to be happy. I want to know how I can help this be a comfortable place for you." So I patiently (oh so patiently) paraphrased her own words to her and then said, "I feel confused about your message." At times, she would look at me like she was processing something. She seemed to take a lot of offense to what I'd said in the past. She kept asking if I took the other person into consideration. Each time she asked, I patiently repeated back to her what I'd said before: I have these kinds of discussions because I am thinking of the other person and asking for discourse. She said she would never intend racism. I thought to myself, Typically people do not see themselves as racist or biased.
This is what it is like to have principles and discuss them. People will have their emotional responses. They will call you names or get defensive and question your motives. It is part of the human psyche to guard itself against anything that might obliterate it, and seeing one's self as racist, sexist, or offensive can seem like obliteration to someone who thinks him or herself completely upright and just.
As our days materialize into months and years, may kindness and assertive behavior develop our beings. Our vision and compassion mark us as heroines, each and every one.
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