5 Life Lessons from 5 of My favorite TV Shows

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1. You can’t run away from your problems…especially if you have only nine toes.
Although a humorous twist, Ron Swanson could not be more accurate. Running away from problems, whether it be in the office, with friends, family, significant others or in your own personal bubble, is never the best method of recovery. I take the nine toes literally, however, if you don’t have all the necessary parts in check running is only going to make it worse. Live up to your expectations, take time to realize your potential and stop being scared of whats out there for your to learn. (Parks and Recreation, NBC)

2. We are all vulnerable, and we will all, at some point in our lives… fall. We will all fall. From the Pilot episode on, Friday Night Lights taught us the every up hill battle of life. Whether in the high school, college, or Texas football spectrum, there were always going to be obstacles to overcome. But instead of painting us a pretty picture and sending us to bed with a warm glass of milk, FNL taught us that we will at some point fail. Things are not always rainbows and fluffy unicorns. But at the same time, it taught us that with hard work, dedication and determination we can come back from out faults and better it in the end. It is important to stay focused on your goals, and not to let the difficulties override.(Friday Night Lights, NBC)

3. Hey man, they raised me, okay? Proof, pudding. Speaking of pudding, Mother, do we have any tapioca on tap?
Seth Cohen and his parents may have lived in the lap of luxury but they did not rest of their laurels. Taking in troubled Ryan was just the beginning of positives (and often times) negatives this family went though. But no matter the circumstances Seth was a son. And he had Ryan as his brother. The OC taught us that family, above all else, will always be there for you. No matter who you may get in a fight with, how many car accidents or broken teenage hearts: you’ll have your parents to turn to. (life situation permitting of course.) And if not your parents, someone you seek guidance from. And never, ever, be afraid to ask for help. (The OC, Fox)

4. If you don’t like what’s being said, change the conversation.
This one was hard. Mad Men is a master piece of brilliant writing and Don Draper has said umpteen tid bits of genius I could have used, but I chose this one. Often times we may be involved in a conversation, or situation, where something may not be going the way we want it to be. Well don’t just stand there, fix it. Change it up. Eliminate the problem. Make it better. Cliche. Cliche. and other cliche saying. This is life. You won’t always like what you hear, but you better try to switch that up every once in awhile or things are going to get real boring. (Mad Men, AMC)

5. I will never be the woman with the perfect hair, who can wear white and not spill on it.
And honestly, if you are….well…yeah. But Carrie Bradshaw and the ladies of Sex & The City had it right. Explore who you are. Be comfortable in your own skin. You’re never going to be happy with someone else if you aren’t happy with youself. Don’t run off with the first person you meet because you want to get it in under a certain age limit. Just….respect yourself and what you have. An all too familiar saying, but one uncommonly achieved. (Sex and the City, HBO)

Other memorable quotes from SATC:
• “That’s the thing about needs. Sometimes when you get them met,
you don’t need them anymore.”
• “The most important thing in life is your family. There are days you love them, and others you don’t. But, in the end, they’re the people you always come home to. Sometimes it’s the family you’re born into and sometimes it’s the one you make for yourself.”

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One comment

  1. headoverfeels · January 24, 2013

    What a perfect lesson to take from Mad Men, a series that most often is showing us what NOT to do! That reinvention and refocusing has always be a talent of Don Draper’s and what has made him into a (well, professional) success. Great post! –S

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