The End of an Era: Goodnight, One Tree Hill

You have no idea how hard it was to type the title for this post. Actually, if you’re a One Tree Hill fan and you’re reading this, I’m sure you do know. It truly is the end of an era. Last night we officially closed the book of a very special show that has been a part of our lives for nine years.
“There is only one Tree Hill, and it’s your home.”
There is, and forever will be, only one Tree Hill. And it’s not just the home of our beloved characters. It’s our home too. It’s our safe zone. Many of us grew up watching the show. I have been watching this show since I was 13-years-old. Since day one, season one, episode one. I am now 22-years-old and I can honestly say this show formed a lot of who I am and who I still want to become. This show influenced my views and opinions on issues we all face in life. This show influenced me musically and creatively. Not only did I grow up watching this show, but I grew up with the characters. We all did. I have tears welding up in my eyes as I type this. I still cannot comprehend the fact that this show is over. That we will no longer be visiting Tree Hill, and checking in with our favorite fictional friends every week. I talk to a lot of my friends and family members who don’t watch the show. Frankly, they think I’m ridiculous by how invested I’ve become in this world. But unless you’ve watched the show, know the show or grew up with the show, you don’t know. This is not just a regular television show. It is more than that. And it is something only us avid Tree Hiller’s understand.
“This show is one of the most successful underdog stories in television history.”
For those who have not yet seen the finale, I will not reveal too much with spoilers. But, what I will say is that this was the most beautiful ending to a television that I have ever seen. It was beyond perfect. The kind of perfect only One Tree Hill could do. They tied a pretty little bow on top of this show and handed it to us to keep in our hearts forever. They brought back some beloved characters and memories, and even gave us a small glimpse into the future. 
“I feel like these characters sort of exist on their own now. Even though I’m not sitting down and writing ‘Fade In’ every week, it feels like they’re still there. I think it’s always going to feel that way.”
So this is my send-off. My goodbye to One Tree Hill. You may be over, but you will live forever in my heart. I think I can speak for all my OTH fans when I say this show has taught me so much, and has been there with me through so much.
“I don’t want to be anything other than me!”
Thank you, Mark Schwahn, for creating this world for all of us to live, love and enjoy for nine years. Thank you, Sophia Bush. Thank you, James Lafferty. Thank you, Bethany Joy Galeotti. Thank you, Lee Norris. Thank you, Antwon Tanner. Thank you, Austin Nichols. Thank you, Robert Buckley. Thank you, Shantel Van Santen. Thank you, Jackson Brundage. Thank you, Lisa Goldstein. Thank you, Chad Michael Murray. Thank you, Hilarie Burton. Thank you, Paul Johansson. Thank you, Barbara Alyn Woods. Thank you, Moira Kelly. Thank you, Craig Sheffer. Thank you, Stephen Colletti. Thank you, Tyler Hilton. Thank you, Jana Kramer. Thank you to all the crew, writers, producers and everyone who worked on this show to make it what it was. Thank you to all the actors who has come in and out of Tree Hill throughout the years and brought something to each and every story line. We thank you all for everything!!
Goodnight, One Tree Hill.