Things Gilmore Girls has taught me

People who say that television turns your brain into mush are either in denial over how much control a tiny box has on their lives or simply aren’t watching the right shows. Television is literally inescapable. It’s in our houses, in our lives and imbedded in our memories. So I guess it’s a good thing when you fall in love with a show which also loves you back and teaches you the facts of life as you’re growing up. For me, that show was Gilmore Girls.

1. It’s important to learn to be independent

Even if you’re close to your family and have been given every opportunity to succeed, you’ll eventually have to fly the nest. And that can be scary but also a time when you realise what you’re truly capable of. ie. it’s time to learn to be an adult!

2. It’s better to have a few good friends than a lot of acquaintances

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in how many ‘friends’ you have or how many ‘likes’ you can get. It’s part of human nature to want to connect and feel important to the people in our lives. But always remember andΒ cherish your true friends who have been with you through the good andΒ bad times. It’s all about quality not quantity.

3. Sometimes all you need is right in front of you

When you finally let your guard down and let people in, you might see things in a different light. Be grateful for what you have in your life already. On the surface it may seem like things are falling apart, but maybe all you need is a new perspective.

4. Never give up on your dreams, even if they change

Follow your heart and see where that leads you. Sometimes you have to trust your gut instinct in the moment.

5. Good communication is the key to happy relationships

Never leave things unsaid. Say what’s on your mind if you want to hear the truth from others.

6. Know yourself and what you’re not willing to compromise on

Be yourself and commit to it. True conviction of self will get you far in life and if someone doesn’t like you for you, move on.

7. Stay positive

Things happen in life, that’s just how it works. Learning to turn that frown upside down is the ultimate key to personal happiness.

8. Plan for the future, but live in the moment

It’s good to be organised and have a plan but you also need to learn to adapt, evolve and make the most of surprising opportunities that may come your way.

9. Never forget where you come from

Throughout life’s challenges and wherever you may travel, home will always be home. Don’t be ashamed of your past. It makes you who you are today.

10. In the end, family and friends are the most important thing in your life

They’re basically all you need in life. They cry with you during heartache and celebrate the good times. There were there from the beginning and they’ll be there at the end.

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