I don’t usually talk about TV shows in long format, but like 10M other people, I watched the series finale to Breaking Bad this past weekend.
I suppose you could call this some sort of a spoiler alert because what I’m about to say talks about a key moment in Walter White’s story. Stop now if you want to watch the finale and/or the entire series.
Ok, now that we are in the clear…throughout much of the series, Walter would always say that his criminal life was to support his family. As many know, he faced terminal cancer in the early episodes.
He used the “I did it for my family” excuse to justify all of the horrible things he did over the past two years: murders, drug deals, drug production and so on.
In the finale, Walter finally says, “I liked it. I was good at it. And I was really….I was alive.”
Having said all of that, I think we all “Bread Bad” in our own way. Most of us don’t use a criminal life like Walt did, but to reach success we sometimes have to do things for ourselves.
Some call it selfish, some call it greedy, but I think a possible takeaway from this show is “you have to help yourself before you help others.”
I’d have gone about things a little differently than Walter White.
Everything we do in life requires some sort of motivation. We wouldn’t necessarily get out of bed, and live our lives unless we had a reason.
Sometimes, we aim to succeed in order to please our parents, our significant others and so on.
Then there are the times where we “Break Bad”. We start to do things for ourselves. I’d argue that this isn’t a bad thing (as long as its legal, ha).
Getting up each day, setting an agenda for the day, month or year — then accomplishing those things brings a sense of happiness, especially when it’s to fill our own ego.
Just imagine the ripple effect of such success, and happiness. It does affect others. So, as a result, I’d say that doing something for yourself is very important.
What do you think?