Next week, millions of fans will bid the epic gang of How I Met Your Mother farewell as they conclude the wonderful nine seasons with a special one-hour episode.
If you think about it, nine years isn't a joke. And yet here we are, one day away from that final meeting. This begs the question, are we ready for it? Or better yet, is Ted ready to meet the one?
Below we take a look back on Ted's life, the lessons he learned on the dating zone, and the pitfalls he encountered before he meets the love of his life - the mother.
Let's face it, Ted had his own share of dealing with his past relationships in an immature way. We have met this version of Ted so many times. Remember Ashlee? Or Becky? Boats! Boats! Boats! Ted pursued her because he wanted to feel needed. Really bro?
This is of course no longer a surprise because hello, a guy in his 20s who has already figured it all out -- DOESN'T EXIST! Surviving the consequences of making a chunk of poor decisions has become a gateway for Ted to find what he really wants.
Ted has suffered from "Scherbatsky" syndrome from the pilot's grand gesture of stealing the blue french horn up until the final stretch where he finds the locket.
Robin was Ted's first true love. As they both move on with each other's lives, Ted simply kept holding on; to the point that he has ruined a few of his ongoing relationships just to be Robin's ultimate hero.
You remember Victoria, right? Ted was head-over-heels for her but along along the way, the relationship just kept on hitting a snag because Ted always finds himself rekindling his feelings for Robin.
Nevertheless we kinda loved that romantic Ted, right?
I'm sure you're already familiar with Stella, Ted's ex-fiancee who left him at the altar to get back together with the father of her child. Ted was devastated, he thought he has found the one.
Heartbroken Ted in the past has discovered something about love the hard way -- "Don't ever make yourself believe that she's the one, because you'll never know if she's in fact someone else's true love."
At that point, Ted has learned that for someone to actually find love -- one has got to learn to compromise sometimes. It can be a vital key to keep the relationship going and it can open windows of opportunities for both parties to be selfless.
When Ted met Zoey, we discovered a part of him that's career-oriented. And for a while, we were proud of him. Alas, he's doing something that makes sense -- choosing his life long dream over a girl.
No More Games Ted
Then Jeaneatte happened in season 8. A nutcase, period. But thanks to her, our hero of a bachelor had a beautiful awakening. IT'S TIME TO STOP CHASING TAIL. Gotta be a big boy now.
It was April 13th 2013 when Ted found himself all alone.
His friends were tied up with their own busy lives, all of them were settling down. He's a guy on his late 20s, STILL SINGLE, has been left at the altar, and now completely alone. It's a very low point for him.
It takes patience and a string of failed relationships to find love. Yes you will be alone at one point but it will pass. As it did for Ted.
Hard To Let Go Ted
The locket has been a symbolism for both Ted and Robin.
For Robin, it's a sign of her knight-in-shining-armor, the man who will go through for her. For Ted, the locket symbolizes her affinity towards Robin -- that unrequited kind of love that has tortured many. It's never easy to let go, Ted made that crystal clear.
Actually, there is a word for that. It’s love. I’m in love with her, okay? If you’re looking for the word that means caring about someone beyond all rationality and wanting them to have everything they want no matter how much it destroys you, it’s love. And when you love someone you just, you…you don’t stop, ever. Even when people roll their eyes, and call you crazy. Even then. Especially then. You just– you don’t give up. Because if I could just give up…if I could just, you know, take the whole world’s advice and– and move on and find someone else, that wouldn’t be love. That would be… that would be some other disposable thing that is not worth fighting for. But I– that is not what this is.
Let Go Ted
In the penultimate episode "The End of the Aisle", Ted faces Robin in her wedding dress -- a moment he could've been so depressed about but he wasn't.
Finally, the ghost of her first love is gone. He's let go of the locket and so as Robin. Of course, that didn't happen overnight. Jot this down: Getting over someone takes time.
This Monday Ted meets the mother.
Stupid Ted, Romantic Ted, Heartbroken Ted, Alone Ted and finally Happy Ted parallels our lives' status at one point. His ups and downs have become a mirror to our own lives, all wrapped-up on his exceptional, nine years in-the-making love story.