I have to make a confession. I am addicted to this really silly program on television that I watch every day, and since I am looking for a job, I happen to be home most mornings. Before, when I was working fulltime, I didn’t know this program existed. Now, I have to confess, I am hooked. I take an hour between ten and eleven am and watch this absurd program called “Starting Over” about a bunch of women who all live in this group sort of half-way house with “life coaches” who all have weird names like Ilyana etc. and who work through their problems in a step by step basis. Each woman arrives at the house with her baggage, both emotional and otherwise, with the hope that they will go thorugh some kind of healing or recovery process in group and individual therapy with these other women and they will literally “start over.” That the problems or problem that they arrive with will be left behind and they will have a chance of doing it all over again. How wonderful that sounds to me – I think I watch because although I could never be on televison (too shy, too private in some ways), I too want to start over, though I’m not exactly sure of what it is I want to start over, only that I want, as we used to say, “a do over.”
The premise in more detail is this: each woman has a specific problem. She shows up, by limousine, as this lovely house in California high on a hill, and lives with these other women at the “Starting Over House” where each women is given a series of steps they must complete to overcoming her specific problem and if she completes the steps properly and overcomes her specific obstacle and reaches a very specific goal. After completing each step successfully, said woman will “graduate” and win this weird gold statuette (I confess, I covet one of these statuettes. I want to start over.
Each day there is group therapy where all sorts of things ensue, catty fights, lots of tears, stories told about specific hurts etc. and after that, there are individual sessions and tasks that each woman must complete on her journey to self-awareness and overcoming her problem. A lot of it reminds me of kindergarten – of playing with messy paints and making paper mache and cut outs of things, except in this case, they all have problems written on the little piece of paper and the like. So whatever your problem or problems, you will write them out and literally carry them with you for sometime until you defeat each one by one.