So, we all know the hit TV show friends. It's supplied many of us with nights of laughter, crying while eating that Ben and Jerry's, and the everso mindless watching while scrolling through your phone. We love it. Something about a show that's actually about nothing is oddly comforting. It's like social media before social media. Back then (as if the 90's are way back when) they just watched this group of friends and how close and funny they are, which is in essence what we do on social media, stalk friend groups. But, friends actually taught me some stuff believe it or not. So here goes nothing.
1. Your friends will "be there for you" literally.
I'm not sure if I just lucked out, or if I deserved this but I have the most amazing friends on this planet. They're the friend's everyone wants. The ones that party hard together but also are down to get into some childhood trauma, if ya know what I mean. They are the ride or die, bitches. 100% if someone hurt me my friends would plot their murder and get away with it. They are down to drop ANYTHING when I need them and that's rare. I consider myself lucky every day because of these amazing people I have chosen to surround myself with. They hype me up, care about me, and of course are always there for me. You need friends in your life that you can call at any time of the day and know they’ll come over, even if it’s just for a hug and to share a glass (okay, a bottle) of wine.
2. Take chances, risk a little.
Was it not the biggest risk in the world for Rachel to LEAVE HER WEDDING and parents money because she wanted some independence? Was it not a HUGE risk when Chandler and Monica decided to get married and adopt a child? Or how about Joey and his constant persistence in acting? These characters taught me to task chances and that if I want a change, I am going to have to make it. Change my job, tell that person how you feel, jump on that plane, and never give up...duh. But don't take chances when it comes to someone else's food (cough cough JOEY).
3. Relationships aren't always easy...to stay in or get out of.
How many times did these characters know they were in the wrong relationship but stayed out of comfort. Or how many times did we just beg the TV to let Rachel and Ross finally be together because they're lobsters goddammit. Friends, although a comedy, also showed a very real side of relationships and the reasons they don't work out. It showed a variety of healthy and nonhealthy relationships to its viewers without sugarcoating the relationships. It showed that all couples struggle, even the ones you think are "perfect".
4. Embrace your uniqueness.
Those quirks you have, those little things you might not like are what make you, you. Friends had a very diverse group of people, with lots of different quirks but they were all celebrated. Ross was a huge geek over anything dinosaur-related and would want to do things like brush Rachel off with a fossil brush. Monica loved cleaning, and cooking and didn’t try to hide it from any of her friends. Chandler was constantly sarcastic, with some childhood traumas obviously. Joey absolutely adored food and wasn't the smartest guy we've ever met, and Phoebe just marched to the beat of her own drum altogether. They were all intelligent, fully functioning adults on the show, but they still had quirks that made them unique. So don't try and change those things about you. You're you. BE YOU.
5. Never give up on your dreams, you got this shit.
At the beginning of the show, most of the Friends are working jobs that might not be their absolute dream jobs. Rachel is a waitress, Monica works at an awful diner where she has to wear fake boobs, that she hates, Ross works in a museum even though he has a Ph.D., Joey is a struggling actor, and Chandler hates all jobs. However, none of them give up on finding their perfect job – they pay their dues, put in the time in lower level positions, and eventually manage to climb up the ladder and work at a luxury fashion brand, as a professor, and as a head chef. The lesson here is that you just have to work your ass off and believe that eventually, all your hard work will pay off. Just keep your shit together.
6. You're never just "on a break"
7. Condoms are only 97% effective. Emma season 8. That's all.
See, TV shows can teach you a lot if you just let them.
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