Switched at Birth and Forces Beyond Your Control
The moral case for accepting that there are things you can't control.
There are some things you just can't control.
No matter how much planning or effort you put into something, there's always the possibility that things you didn't plan will happen. Maybe it's the weather that day or the break down of a subway car or your car doesn't work that day. It's just not something you can necessarily get away from. You really can't plan for everything and any potential outcome. Although you can do everything you can to try and prevent them from happening. Despite this, you will still have things get out of control. Probably the most obvious aspect of this is you can't change the fact that you were born. It's completely beyond your control.
Living this way can be incredibly painful. It makes trying to do anything very difficult to function. Thankfully, many of these problems are dealt with in things you don't have any control over but other people do. The fact that you and so many people have access to electricity, water and housing is because someone else controls these aspects without you knowing about it. So not all things beyond your control are necessarily bad things. Yet in spite of this, the things you can't control can be destructive in all kinds of ways.
You still have to live with them though. Find a way to come to terms with the unfortunate reality that you don't have control. It's a hard thing to come to terms with. As a result, most people try to find a way to avoid thinking about it at all. Otherwise it can be too overwhelming. This doesn't mean that these forces aren't still at play, only that it becomes easier to try and forget or ignore the fact that they exist. Enough that people tend to be surprised when something unexpected happens. Pretty much as if they couldn't have anticipated that it could've gone wrong.
Switched at Birth is fundamentally about having to deal with those unexpected things you don't have any control over. Bay Kennish and Daphne Vasquez, as played brilliantly by Vanessa Morgan and Katie Leclerc respectively, were literally born into a circumstance they had no control over. The title tells you what those are. In discovering that they've been switched at birth, it sets off a series of situations which they can't control. From up ending both of their families and everything they thought they knew, to considering what their lives would've been like if they hadn't been switched. All of these factors couldn't necessarily be stopped, at least by Bay and Daphne themselves.
Even their family members and friends are impacted by it in ways they couldn't possibly know. They have to make adjustments to the way they live. But that doesn't mean they have to be miserable about it. There are all kinds of benefits as well. Learning about other people that they wouldn't have been able to otherwise. It's made their lives richer and more interesting.
It's a beautiful thing to watch and I highly recommend you explore how to deal with forces beyond your control by watching Switched at Birth.
Do yourself a favour and watch Switched at Birth on Freeform, as well as Hulu and Amazon.
In addition, I would love it if you’d subscribe, whether it’s the free version or the paid version doesn’t matter, it’s going to mean a lot.
Such a fantastic show indeed!