As far as I’m concerned, ‘Friends’ is the greatest show to have ever existed. Yesterday, my dad actually asked me when I last went at least three days without watching the show. My answer? “Umm.. it’s been years.” Since I’m an expert, I have been able to step back from Chandler’s sarcasm to look at the big themes of independence and self-sufficiency more broadly. Before we get into today’s post, I wanted to let you know that the blog now has a NEWSLETTER! If you want access to exclusive content (i.e. my experience creating a bullet journal) and the occasional giveaway click here to sign up.
Without further ado, here are the lessons I’m learn from ‘Friends.’
It’s Okay to Feel Conflicted About Becoming an Adult
There is something weirdly satisfying about handing your landlord a rent check. Like in the scene in the first season of the show when Rachel receives her first pay check, it’s the excitement of knowing you worked so hard for the money (to pay rent), while also the weight of disappointment knowing that someone else gets your hard earned money.
(More on the blog: How to Earn Money by Taking Surveys)
Sometimes You Have to Resort to the Unconventional to Make Ends Meet
The entire first half of the show makes light of the different, less-than-ideal jobs many of the characters work in order to make ends meet. Rachel waitressed at the coffee house, Joey donated sperm, and Monica wore flame-retardant boobs at a fifties themed diner. As I will be entering the workforce, this show (and my teachers) have opened my eyes to the idea that it’s okay if I don’t land my dream job after I graduate.
Snacks are Wildly Important
I think this quote from Joey completely sums up how I feel whenever I get hangry. Whenever I have the tummy grumbles coming on my mood and productivity take a turn for the worse. Now, I constantly have at least two different snacks with me at all times to avoid even the idea of being hangry.
(More on the blog: My Favorite Healthy Snacks)
Even When You’re Older, You Still Might Not Get It Right
Perhaps the biggest lesson I’ve learned from the show is that no matter how old you are, shit will still happen. There is so much out of our control, almost more so as we get over and inevitably develop more responsibilities as we get older. Rachel has Emma, Monica and Chandler adopt twins when they think they’re only getting one baby, Phoebe ends up getting married and the biggest thing out of Ross’s control…*spoiler alert* RACHEL GETTING OFF THE PLANE.
Alright, those are the biggest lessons I’ve learned from ‘Friends’ aka the greatest show ever created. I genuinely love this show with all of my heart and will gladly have a conversation about the characters as if they are my actual friends. If you don’t like ‘Friends’ well, I can’t help you… KIDDING.
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What is your favorite show? Has it taught you anything about life?