It was at times a long, difficult road. But I’m glad it was long and difficult, because if I hadn’t gone through hell to get there, the lesson might not have been as clear. You see, kids, right from the moment I met your mom, I knew… I have to love this woman as much as I can for as long as I can, and I can never stop loving her, not even for a second. I carried that lesson with me through every stupid fight we ever had, every 5:00 a.m. Christmas morning, every sleepy Sunday afternoon, through every speed bump. Every pang of jealousy or boredom or uncertainty that came our way, I carried that lesson with me. And I carried it with me when she got sick. Even then, in what can only be called the worst of times, all I could do was look at her and thank God, thank every god there is, or ever was, or will be, and the whole universe, and anyone else I can possibly thank that I saw that beautiful girl on that train platform, and that I had the guts to stand up, walk over to her, tap her on the shoulder, open my mouth, and speak.
Ted in 9x22:
*gives lengthy and sentimental speech about how Robin belongs with Barney and not him even if it doesn't seem logical because love isn't logical but Robin and Barney love each other and that's all that matters*
DENIAL - It was an early April Fool’s Day joke. There’s no way that’s the real finale, the real ending. It’s just not possible.
ANGER - What the flippity flying fuck was that?
BARGAINING - We never actually saw Ted and Robin get back together. Maybe she turns him down, and he realizes it wasn’t a good idea. Maybe she and Barney do get together in the end. That wouldn’t be as good as it could have been but maybe I could learn to be OK with it.
DEPRESSION - There is no God. Loving things is futile. Every joy is just a disappointment in the end.
ACCEPTANCE DENIAL - 9x22 was the real finale. This was just an alternate ending they decided to air for funsies.