The world has gone crazy.
Twitter feuds have escalated to a new level. Kylie AND Khloe are pregnant (whaaaat?). And yesterday Chip and Joanna Gaines broke the news that “Fixer Upper” is entering its final season.
Why must all good things come to an end?
Fans are heartbroken, and understandably so. Over the past four years Chip and JoJo have brought us beautiful home improvement inspiration, uplifting binge-worthy TV, an unprecedented obsession with shiplap and the ultimate #couplegoals.
And while the end of “Fixer Upper” is disappointing on our end, I think they are incredibly brave to choose what is right for their family over what’s popular.
How many TV stars have we watched as their lives slowly spun wildly out of control and far from their original identity? I remember in middle school when “Jon and Kate Plus 8” came out, I couldn’t get enough of watching their family’s chaotic life with those precious children. Then there’s Hannah Montana. Remember her? I remember telling my mom what about this cool, Christian girl named Miley Cyrus. “Rachel, she’s probably going to go ‘wild,’” Mom said. “That happens sometimes.”
Silly Mom. Not this girl! She obviously had no idea what she was talking about…
Anyway, you see my point.
I don’t know the specifics of why Chip and Joanna felt that ending the show was the right decision, but I know it couldn’t have been an easy decision. Keeping the show would’ve been normal, comfortable and, in the short term, conflict-free. However, they acted based upon what was right for their lives, not what was comfortable.
How often do we say “yes” to other people without stopping to think about what’s healthy for our personal lives? When we’re presented with an opportunity that is not inherently bad on its own, we feel guilty for politely declining and saying, “It’s just not for me.”
I think we can learn a lot from Chip and Joanna’s announcement. First of all, let’s take time to stop and actually think about big decisions. Maybe take a week and pray it over. Do some soul searching to discern what is right.
Secondly, let’s not be intimidated by what other people will think. There is no doubt that Chip and Joanna care deeply about their fans, but that doesn’t mean the fans dictate their lives.
And lastly, let’s remember that it’s okay to SAY NO to something that’s popular, even comfortable, but not right for us.
Soft snaps for Chip and JoJo. Thank you for showing us what it looks like to make the brave decision. It’s going to be okay.