Wishing for Happiness: Ep 3 (Finale)
I knew Wishing for Happiness would be short, but I didn’t know it’d be THIS SHORT! I WANT MORE!!!!!
“Xiao Lan, I really love you. I love the present you. The one in front of me…”
For me I think the biggest question of all is how Yu Xiang will react to Xiao Lan’s sexual orientation. Of course I want him to accept her for who she is, and thankfully he does. It’s really sweet when Yu Xiang wears a summer dress as a sign of his acceptance of Xiao Lan!!!! And to top it off he runs with her through the streets and goes to A CHURCH. Isn’t that romantic?!? I loved this part of the scene because it was humorous, touching, and bittersweet all at the same time. Yu Xiang’s actions made Xiao Lan smile and laugh along with him, so I think he really does have the ability to make her happy!!
“I thought the person who can give me happiness is the one I love. I always thought you are my happiness. Until the moment you proposed to me, I realized I couldn’t lie to myself.
It is not the person who can give me happiness is the one I love. But the person who I love is my happiness….I’m sorry.”
However Xiao Lan realizes that her heart is not with Yu Xiang even though she likes him a lot. She breaks it off with him gently, giving both of them closure in a sweet yet sad way. I love that even though Xiao Lan has chosen not to be with Yu Xiang, it’s precisely her relationship with him that leads her to realize she can find happiness elsewhere.
The ending is incredibly simple and short, and yet it speaks a thousand words. IT’S PERFECT. I love the way they tied together the first opening scene in ep1 along with the ending. At first Xiao Lan was crying and lonely, but now she meets a new girl with a smile on her face. Even though they don’t say it right out, this implies that it may be the start of a new relationship, and that Xiao Lan has fully accepted herself.
This is probably the shortest yet most poignant drama I’ve ever seen. Although it’s a mini-drama, they didn’t let that limit them from crafting a complex love story that resonates with everyone in some sort of way. But then I realize it’s not only Xiao Lan’s sexual orientation, or her love triangles, or whether Yu Xiang will accept her. Ultimately it’s about her search for happiness. And whether that happiness is with Yu Xiang or someone else, both kinds of happiness are just as precious to her.
Note: Thanks to Ah Man for recommending this drama and translating ep3!