One of my favorite TV shows, How I Met Your Mother, wraps up tonight with its series finale. I haven’t been this attached to a show and its characters since Friends. You’ll find some things I believe I’ve “learned” from it below.
Nothing Good Happens After Two A.M.
This is wise and almost contains as much truth as “nothing good comes from drinking on a Tuesday.” The trouble you find in the wee hours of the morning may seem like a “legendary” idea at the time, but it will likely end with you in trouble.
Some Things Have Expiration Dates
This is something Ted said to Robin when he realized their life goals didn’t align. Their relationship had an expiration date. Just a reminder that there is still value in the relationships that don’t work out.
Some Things Never Expire
Oh yes, relationships have end dates, but some don’t. Hold on tightly to these.
Your Tastes Often Change
Ted had thought that he didn’t like bacon, but just a few episodes ago he discovered why it is one of the greatest creations ever. This is definitely a life lesson everyone can relate to. I used to hate eating mushrooms and now I love them… when they’re fried and covered with cheese:)
The Front Porch Test
The life lesson learned from this is that the most important people in your life you can imagine sitting happily on a front porch with when you’re old and gray. Before making a big decision in your life, imagine that you are 80-years-old and sitting on your porch being nostalgic about your life that has gone by. Would you be happy with person you’re sitting next to? If you chose to be an accountant or biologist? Or would you be happier knowing you pursued someone or something else?
Love Means Accepting Someone’s Quirks
Whether it’s your best friend or the person you end up marrying, or have married, loving someone unconditionally means accepting their quirks. The strangest thing I’ve found is when that person is no longer around, the quirky things they did tend to be what I miss the most.
Letting go is hard, but necessary
Throughout the series Ted struggles with his feelings for Robin, to the point where it actually messes up many potential relationships. When he lets her go, he finds true love. Coincidence? Probably not. Sometimes we need to let go of good things to make room for even more amazing things.
The “Crazy Eyes” Are Fo Real
Always try to listen to your intuition. Often it’s our gut that gives us the best advice. If you look into someone’s eyes and feel uneasy, then take a moment to consider that someone out there may be trying to tell you something.
Sometimes it takes a long time to find the right person
If Ted Mosby’s journey has taught us anything, it’s that there’s someone for everyone and if you don’t give up faith, you will eventually find them. In the mean time, (insert Joe Cocker song) you’ll get by with a little help from your friends…