I downloaded this new show without knowing that it was an MTV semi-documentary-style reality show. I have traditionally found that the creators of most reality shows edit down their footage to produce a final product that illustrates the worst side of people and encourages an endless steam of judgmental thoughts in the viewer. I actually feel less enlightened after about 15 minutes of exposure because I allow myself to fall into a way of thinking that I don't like. However, after watching the first episode of "Chelsea Settles" I was so inspired by the concept of the show, the unobtrusive filming coupled with the hope and courage of leading character, that I knew that I could dig down deeper inside myself and face my own challenges, which now seem so much smaller, with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. I only wish that Chelsea knew that moving to a new location and losing weight will not bring her happiness unless she is present during the journey. It is the journey, not the actual achievement of the goal that brings joy. We are often so focused on an end result that we miss the lessons that bring about long-term change and healing. I believe this could be a show about the hard work and determination that goes into real emotional growth. I applaud the tender and sensitive way that the creators present Chelsea. She is one brave young lady!
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