Positivitea Cup Seventeen: Five Things I've Learned From Gilmore Girls

Friday, October 7, 2016

I've been watching Gilmore Girls one way or another since I was little, catching reruns on ABC Family when I was in elementary school. I remember being fascinated by the Gilmores and their fast-paced talking, witty humor and general likability. That fascination has carried on a decade later, leading me to where I am today, five or six times into watching the entire series and still in love with it as much as I was when I first started watching.

I don't know what is about Gilmore Girls that attracts me to it so much. Or rather, I don't know which of the never-ending list of things I love about that show top my reasoning. Maybe it's the characters and their bright and bold personalities, the relationships that are woven and detangled and flourish (or diminish) throughout the series. Perhaps it's the quick wit or heap of coffee references. Whatever it may be, it's kept me coming back since I was a kid. Now I'm almost 21 and ready to graduate (definitely not thinking of following anyone on the campaign trail as a journalist post-graduation, though) and I feel closer than every to the Gilmores & Co.

I've talked about all of the things I've learned from Elle Woods over my years of being obsessed with Legally Blonde, so I figured it was time to give the same treatment to my favorite show. This list could go on and on, so these are just five main life lessons that Gilmore Girls has taught me, in honor of its birthday the other day. Oy with the poodles!



1. The importance of family and friendships

If there's any one thing to take away from this show, it's that family and friendships are the most important aspects of our life. Whether we get along with our family/friends all of the time, that doesn't diminish their importance. It emphasizes that sometimes our best friends can feel like sisters and that our parents can seem like our best friends. Life without these two things, while survivable, would be a dull, dull thing.


2. It's okay to not know

Despite it being arguably one of the most frustrating parts of the series, Rory's indecision with her career path and taking time off from school is something a lot of students go through and sort of, well, normalized it. Once I get over my initial anger that Rory put off Yale for that time (amongst other decisions she made that went hand in hand), I started to understand. It's impossible to know what you want when you're that age. Life in college is already hard enough with pressures from school and socializing and family and every other aspect, but adding on that additional pressure of deciding what you want to do with the rest of your life? No wonder people question this all of the time. It's okay to go through periods where you don't know what you want out of life or what you want do with your own. It's okay to suffer from doubt and question your moves. It's frustrating, sure, but it's completely normal.



3. Moms know best

Your mom is always right. Even if you think you're right, she's right. Trust me. Moms have an answer for everything and once you start to embrace this, everything starts to change for the best. You don't have to be best friends with your mom, but just know that if you need anything, she's there with at least a dozen solutions and answers.


4. Embrace your colorful characteristics

Stars Hollow is full of colorful characters, all with their own eccentricities and quirks. From Kirk's ever-changing career paths to Patty's overt sexual innuendos to Jackson's ardent love for his vegetables and Sookie's bubbly and over-the-top personality, the show is not short on characters who are a bit outside of the box.



5.  Coffee is a lifestyle

Coffee coffee coffee. It's the elixir or life. It's a lifeblood. It's a necessity.

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