What I Learned From “Friends”
Back in the day, I had what one may have considered a sliiiiight obsession with the television show “Friends.”
Don’t believe me? Take a look at my bedroom door back at my parent’s house.
Why, yes. I did have a peephole drilled into it for effect.
Sadly, “Friends” went off the air in 2004. I was only 16 at the time, yet I vividly remember watching the last episode and feeling like the world was ending. (Gosh, I am such a drama queen.) Looking back, I struggle to understand how I truly believed that I could relate to the show and its characters at such a young age. I was only a teenager.
Now, as I’m rapidly approaching my mid-twenties — VOMIT EVERYWHERE — I’m coming to find a whole new appreciation for the show. I mean, I’m young. I work in New York City. I live in an apartment with my two best friends. I’m a stone’s throw away from most of my other best friends. As a group, we do dumb things. We laugh at things that probably aren’t funny. We suck at relationships. We screw up big time at work. Sometimes, we even fall in love with each other.
Honestly, my life is pretty much one “Central Perk” away from being a sitcom.
This realization came to me a few weeks ago when I stumbled upon this hilarious article — Everything I Need to Know, I Learned From Ross and Rachel. Not only is the author my new favorite person in the entire world, every single piece of advice is so spot on.
Some of my favorites?
1. Sometimes, things take ten years.
2. There is importance in longevity. There is romanticism in turbulence. There is pride in effort. There is humility in forgiveness. There is not just one person for everyone, but there can be The One – the person you want to end up with. That is the lobster.
3. Never, ever drunk text.
Thanks for the reminder.
After reading this article, I went back and started re-watching the series from the beginning. I couldn’t help but laugh as I started realizing all of the other things that “Friends” has taught me, beyond just Ross and Rachel’s relationship.
1. You’re never too old for games or theme parties.
2. Let your best friends have their moments of happiness. Don’t steal their thunder.
3. Love happens when you least expect it. Don’t get discouraged. (If you’re really lucky, it will end up being your best friend.)
4. Breaking out in dance is always acceptable, no matter how old you are.
5. Taking care of pets is not easy. (Rest in peace, Marc and Jacob.)
6. Beef does not belong in any dessert.
7. Naps with your best friends are the best naps.
8. Cooking while excessively drinking never ends up well.
9. Some shoes are worth having in your closet, even if you can’t walk in them.
10. If you say you’re “fine,” you probably aren’t. (“MY FAJITAS!”)
11. Inevitably, there will be a time when you are completely broke. Try to make light of it.
12. Friends are the family you choose. They won’t ever replace your real family but, if you’re lucky, they’ll be by your side through it all: unemployment, being broke, dating, break-ups, relationships, family problems, weddings, babies, and everything in between.
Did you watch “Friends” growing up? What life lessons, if any, did it teach you?
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