‘Friends’ is one of those shows that never got old and probably never will. The reason for the huge success of the show is how relatable it is. Because we all go through the phase of life where we are living in an unknown or big city and just putting our blood and sweat to make it through the day. We don’t have our families with us, so, who do we lean on to? Our friends, of course.
But apart from being relatable, the show provides some greatest life lessons. Despite being decades old, the show’s lessons can be implemented even today.
BELIEVE in yourself
Over the course of the show, almost all of the characters had to go through plenty of struggles to get financially stable and get success in their desired field of profession. And never once they let anyone tell them that they were not good enough or that they can not do it.
Go for your DREAM job
Chandler in his 30s decided to leave his job which ‘no one knows what is’. But he takes a huge risk to leave his preexisting job and venture into a new field – advertising – where he soon secures a job as a junior copywriter.
Hardships are a part of LIFE
From Monica to Rachel, they had to go through a series of disasters – in both professional and personal life – to end up successful in their lives. Where Monica had to wear a fake wig and boobs for her work; Rachel had to help a sixty-year-old woman put on a thong and the worst part is ‘she didn’t even buy it.
True friendship is BIGGER than money
Chandler has lent Joey a hell of a lot of money throughout the show. As Joey was a struggling actor, he used to need money every now and then. However, when he became successful, he didn’t ask twice before lending to both Monica and Chandler when they needed a huge amount of money from him and actually for the same reason.
Don’t push yourself too HARD
Ross takes a break from the museum when he gets too angry at his boss for eating his sandwich. Sounds like a bit of an overreaction, doesn’t it? Well, before this happens, Ross and Emily (his more or less second wife) decide to get a divorce. He is also supposed to evict his house. So, yeah he is under a lot of mental stress. And he decides to give himself some time.
Compromise is a PART of life
Chandler loves Monica but he is also scared shitless of commitment. But to spend the rest of his life with her, he overcomes his fear and decides to propose to her. However, his plan goes a little south but in the end, they both end up together and gives us one of the best on-screen couples of time. And as it is said, ‘All is well that ends well.’
It’s OKAY to be curvy
‘Joey doesn’t share food,’ is one of the most hilarious things in friends. Joey teaches us that it is okay to be a foodie. It is okay to love your food and it is okay to be ‘CURVY’.
When Rachel’s sister, Amy comes to visit and keeps telling Joey to stop eating pizza, he goes, ‘I am curvy and I like it!’ So, we should not let anyone embarrass us about our food love either.
Chandler is a very weird guy if you see through ‘stereotypical men glasses’. He isn’t your regular ‘macho’ man. He likes musicals, he is not very good with women, he also uses ‘sarcasm & humor’ as a defense mechanism. Which is not a big deal. But he also isn’t a ‘testosteron-y’ male who is ever ready to fight. And many people think of him as gay though he is not.
Homosexuality is FINE
It has been about three decades since the first few episodes of the show have been aired but it sure was ahead of its time. It focused on many social issues and homosexuality is one of them. Carol – Ross’ first wife – is shown to have figured out her sexuality and starts dating another woman. And though they are not the main characters of the show, emphasis on their characters has been given.
Good F.R.I.E.N.D.S. are important
There comes a phase in all of our lives where friends are our surrogate family. They are our home, our problem-solver and our shoulder to cry on. And this series reflects all these emotions impeccably.
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