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My Most Reliable Coping Mechanism: Bob Ross

There aren’t many things that I can always rely on to calm my emotions but watching Bob Ross in “The Joy of Painting” is definitely one of them. He holds such a large place in my heart and really is there for me at my worst. His kind words and asmr-like videos are the perfect comfort show for an anxious gal like me. There’s no pressure. I can just watch him create art.

“No pressure. Just relax and watch it happen.” – Bob Ross

It all started when my older brother showed me “The Joy Of Painting” in high school. He has never showed me a movie or show that I didn’t love and Bob Ross was no different. I watched it and felt instantly calm. It made my world go quiet and brought such an immediate rush of happiness.

After that, I binge-watched every single episode. By now I’ve seen them all countless times, but they always feel like the first: because my reasoning for watching is always different.

The reason you watch comfort shows is unique in each present moment and circumstance, and yet the coping mechanisms are often the same.

Mine is always Bob Ross. The degree and reason for going to his show changes, but I always find myself clicking on that same show every time.

I only go to watch Bob Ross when I’m upset now and I used to wonder why. When I started watching originally, there was no sadness behind it, nothing to ‘get’ out of the episodes. I realized, though, that he always made me smile and always seemed so at peace with himself and the world. When I am upset or am looking to get something out of watching, I’m chasing the feelings I felt back in high school watching Bob Ross for the very first time. Bob gives off such reassurance and certainty in the fact that you’re actually okay.

“Didn’t you know you had that much power? You can move mountains. You can do anything.” – Bob Ross