One Tree Hill Changed my Life

Basketball and the hot guys (Chad Michael Murray and James Lafferty) were one of the first things to attract me to One Tree Hill. I was 15-years-old when One Tree Hill first came out. I am now 23-years-old and to this day and age will always have love for OTH. Okay, I know my title of my blog entry seems a bit dramatic and all, but in a sense, I didn’t even realize how this show actually really did change my life in such a positive way.

One Tree Hill ended after 9 seasons. Not many shows can say they had 9 seasons and were successful at doing so. OTH came out around the same time The OC with Mischa Barton. That show was cancelled after how many seasons? Yep, my point exactly, well, real question because I honestly don’t even know myself. OTH is my most favorite show ever. It’s right up there with 7th Heaven. Growing up I watched 7th Heaven religiously. And 7th Heaven and OTH were, to this day, the only shows I looked forward to every week. OTH was the ONLY show I would tune everything out just to watch and pay attention to. I wouldn’t let anything interrupt me when this show was on.

I wish there were more quality shows like OTH. After watching the 2-hour series finale, I realized that I grew up with the show and characters. I am near the age that the characters were and somehow evolved with them as well. I was in high school when they started and I am a young adult now. Left and right my friends and family are having families of their own, getting married, having careers, and basically growing up. I’m at that point in my life as well, at least I know that I am leading up to the type of “adult” life we all are destined to be (well, obviously we can’t avoid growing up).

The situations, events, and stories that OTH presented were heartfelt, real, and honest. It definitely related to many viewers and OTH managed to maintain a core and loyal fanbase (including me). The thing is, I guess I didn’t even realize the impact it had on my life. From the love stories, the suspense, and all the emotion emerged from the show, I felt. I cried, laughed, and smiled in every single episode. Even a movie couldn’t force tears out of my eyes. I know I seem like a crazy OTH fan, but no one will understand unless you followed it since season 1.

At the end of the series finale, they made me realize all the life lessons, the struggle, the ups and the downs, are all a part of growing up. Chasing your dreams and ambitions are something that is capable of happening.

And that’s where I bring to you, how it pushed me to further reach for my dreams, goals, and aspirations. I sound like a huge sap, but give me a break. I’m on that inspirational-feel and wouldn’t stop to please anybody, BUT myself even if it means working sweat, blood, & tears to get there.

I love the way One Tree Hill started and I love the way it ended. Hope is alive and the possibilities are endless. I hope to one day keep the qualities of those characters within my own heart and soul. Excuse the fact that they are fictional, they still represent a part of each and everyone of us in real life. I’m really sad it ended, but really happy  the way the the show ended.

That to me, is a quality show. So any suggestions on a new show to follow because I am at a loss at this point.

Signing off,

Forever a One Tree Hill Fan, Hazzle Joy

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