What do you do when life isn’t giving the way it should? You manifest the energy of an iconic TV “it” girl, obviously.
On May 19, a Washington, D.C.-based content creator named Macey Myers (@maceyemyers) took to TikTok to share the ways in which she and her girlfriends allegedly altered their lives — and their luck — “overnight.” The alleged secret of their newfound success? Imagining themselves as television characters who are entering their third season.
“So this all started about a year ago, when my friends and I had been in our new city for about nine to 10 months, and everything had kind of started to change,” Myers explains. “Some of my friends were getting boyfriends. Some of my friends were getting new jobs. Some of my friends were about to be traveling for 23 months. And my friend Megan kept using the phrase, ‘New characters unlocked, new plot lines unlocked.’
“And we started kind of acting like we were in a TV show, because it felt like we were in a season finale,” she adds. “So we just kept making jokes about how we were in the second season of our TV show in our new city. And after summer was over, we felt like we were moving into Season 3.”
Myers even put together a Pinterest board that included their “Season 3 girl” inspirations: Serena van der Woodsen of The CW’s Gossip Girl and Carrie Bradshaw of HBO’s Sex and the City series.
‘We always had a new story. There was something crazy happening.’
“We just kept asking ourselves, ‘What would a Season 3 girl do?’ And we had this newfound confidence because we were just acting like we were in a TV show,” she says. “And so if something went poorly, it was for the plot. And if something went well, it was all because of this new, like, fake confidence we had.”
This newfound philosophy, Myers claims, yielded some stellar results — like getting upgraded to first class on several flights and being invited to the celebrity hotspot Nobu.
“We always had a new story. There was something crazy happening,” she recalls.
One night, Myers and her girlfriends were at a bar when she had the most unexpected, publicly affectionate interaction with a bartender.
“One time I was at a rooftop bar,” she explains. “I asked for a lime wedge in my cosmo, and he brought it to me on his knees. I was like, ‘This is the epitome of Season 3 right here.’ This would have never happened to me beforehand.”
By “disguising” their new mentalities as a game of “what a Season 3 girl would do,” Myers believes she and her girlfriends actually became more confident. As she shifted her perspective, previously unimaginable, unforeseen opportunities and types of people walked into her life.
“So this is your sign to act like your life is a movie or a TV show. Literally, life will get so much more fun and interesting,” Myers asserts.
“Thats funny bc season 3 of every show is always the best,” @kaiyachty26 wrote.
“The science: you reprogrammed your subconscious by continuously talking about what you expected to happen,” @valerie_inez replied.
“she delulu like me,” @high4fayth joked.
Why Season 3?
Myers’s constant references to Season 3 — as opposed to any other season — poses the question of why she should have chosen that phase of a production. For starters, many television shows are thought to have found their stride when they reach their third season. In fact, there’s an entire Reddit thread dedicated to TV fans sharing their opinions about which shows do exactly that.
“Everyone’s favorite seasons of shows are Seasons 2 and 3, because you’ve had a year to get to know them, and then you’re still in the honeymoon period where you go, ‘This is great!'” Mike Schur, the creator and executive producer of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, explained to the Quartz via The Atlantic. “And what that really means is, it takes a year to get to know people, and then you have this great period of time where the stories are still new, and the world is still new, and the character’s relationships still have to be fleshed out, and [there are] surprising reveals and stuff.”
Myers’s “Season 3 girl” mentality should also be considered with caution.
“The fault with this thinking, according to experts, is that everyone’s reality is both good and bad; bad things happen regardless of manifestation rituals,” Emma Kahman wrote for Mission Mag. “As therapist Dr. Denise Fourner writes in Psychology Today, the problem with manifestation is that ‘it implicitly suggests that what happens to us in life is exclusively a matter of choice; by extension, then, people who suffer great misfortunes…somehow brought it upon themselves through negative thinking or a lack of intention.'”
Should you consider adopting the “Season 3 girl” way of thinking, bear in mind that this playful, cheeky way of thinking should be taken with a grain of salt. Like many manifestation trends on TikTok, adopting this point of view isn’t a guaranteed way of transforming your life. Believing that can have the negative impact of warping our sense of reality and our ability to cope with expectations.
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