I love The Muppets. I grew up in a world filled with fuzzy, wide mouthed, protruding eyed Muppets. Sesame Street and The Muppets ruled the day. They pretty much were my childhood. The first Muppet TV show aired when I was 6 years old and continued until I was 11. Like a lot of kids I thought they were real and I am a better person for it.
Kermit was just the coolest. He was the reluctant hero (antihero if you will) and the main protagonist in The Muppets. Kermit is also the only Muppet to be prominently featured in both shows. I thought he was patient (not so much with Miss Piggy), kind, funny, handsome (for a frog), and had subtle wit.
Kermit was my hero. He was different and he owned it. He was green and that was just fine with him. He could have seen that has a hindrance but instead he saw the bright side of his greenness. I mean, you know that green is the color of spring and could be cool and friendly-like, right? He used his uniqueness to propel himself to stardom. He is an advocate for misfits. I mean if you don’t understand anything but this about The Muppets…they are a merry band of misfits. They are comrades in their misfitedness. They were the original Emo without the black attire and heavy eyeliner. Kermit is also a supporter of the “being and going green” movement. He has been involved with Earth Day and has been a spokesfrog for the Ford Hybrid. He was a tree hugger starting way back in his swamp days.
I saw the new Muppet movie today and I loved it. As expected, the tried and true Muppet cheesiness and whimsy was front and center. I liked the new songs and getting to hear a fresh version of “The Rainbow Connection”. I loved seeing the misfits overcome adversity. I enjoyed seeing the bully get schooled and learn his lesson even if he suffered a bump on the head. I may also now be a little in love with Jason Segel. He was one of the writers for the new movie and he was once quoted as saying “They’re not puppets. We never use the word puppet because Kermit is a frog, Piggy is a pig. They exist in the world, like we do.”
Life lessons I learned from Kermit the Frog and a The Muppets:
1. It is ok to be different. You should embrace your uniqueness. It’s who you are and the people that matter will love you all the more for it.
2. You will accomplish so much more together as a group, be it friends or family, than you ever will on your own. Many important people have said. “We’re stronger together than we are on our own.” Who am I to argue with such stellar wisdom?
3. Look at your world with child like wonder.
Jim Henson once said “There’s not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met.” I think because of him there is a word for it and it is Muppet.
Landing on the write side of happy.