20 Life Lessons 'New Girl' Taught Me

20 Life Lessons 'New Girl' Taught Me

This show is good for much more than laughs.
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If you're looking for one of those shows that makes you laugh hysterically while you're in a room by yourself, "New Girl" is what you need in your life. Not only do Nick, Winston, Jess, Schmidt, and Cece make you laugh until your mascara is running down your face, but they also bring some impressive insights to life and the curveballs it tends to throw at you. Here are 20 life lessons that will help you get through the toughest of situations.


1. Everyone has their weird quirks, and deep, dark secrets.

That's what keeps people interesting. If you're embarrassed about something that you've done, I guarantee someone around the world has done something much more mortifying. And if you think that you're some kind of weirdo, you probably are, but there are people out there much weirder than you, like me!


2. If you've always felt like a grandparent trapped in a 20 year-old's body, you're not alone.

The good news is that you will grow into your "mental age..." eventually.


3. What can I say, Cece knows best.

Well, I guess there are a few things that're less sexy than that.....


4. It's all about baby steps.

If you're trying to work towards a goal, it's all about the smaller steps that lead to the big ones! Don't be discouraged when you're not seeing progress right off the bat. I mean, Rome wasn't built in a day.... Am I right, or am I right?


5. Take it upon yourself to learn something new every day.

We live in a society where we can access almost anything at the touch of button, so take advantage of that. Read a new book, watch a documentary, or talk to a stranger while you're waiting in the Starbucks line.


6. Face your problems.

You might think that you can avoid whatever problem you're dealing with, but sooner or later that will have a consequence, and that consequence will be 100 times worse than the initial problem. Getting it taken care of right away will save you so much inner turmoil and stress!


7. Don't underestimate yourself.

You know yourself better than anyone, and you're capable of much more than you think you are.


8. Happy Hour was invented for a reason.


9. You have the ability to change your situation.

If you don't like the way something is in your life, change it. If you don't like your job, or you're having trouble with school, or you're unsure of your career path, change it. Yes, change requires some work and venturing into new territory, but you don't want to go through life with the big "what if?"


10. It's all about perspective.


11. You're not the only one who can't tell the dessert fork from the salad fork.

From left to right it goes: salad fork, dinner fork, and dessert fork. You're welcome!


12. It's OK to take time for yourself.


If you need a day of solitude, don't let anyone take that away from you. Everyone needs a day or so to recharge their batteries, so don't feel guilty about not wanting to go out to lunch with your best friend today.


13. I couldn't have said it better myself.

Schmidt has such a way with words...


14. Don't let anyone make you feel like you have to hide your crazy.


15. Don't underestimate the power of proper grammar.

Do I really need to get into to proper uses of "your," "you're," "there," and "their?"


16. People will hurt you...

You just have to decide if you're going to put up with it, or show them the door.


17. Don't even try to tell me that you don't blurt out Adele's new song on your way to class like you're the new Mariah Carey.


18. Just because you haven't found the right person now doesn't mean that you won't ever find them.


19. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

You don't have to accept their opinion, but you do have to acknowledge it. Just remember, your perspective is not the only perspective.


20. No you won't, I promise.

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Dear Shondaland, You Made A Mistake Because April Kepner Deserves Better

"April Kepner... you're not average"
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I'll admit from the first time we were introduced to April in Season 6, I didn't like her so much. I mean we hated the "Mercy Westers" in the first place, so how could we see the potential in the annoying, know-it-all resident that was trying to compete with our beloved Lexie Grey.

But then, we saw her come face-to-face with a killer and thought maybe she had potential.


We then saw her surprise everyone when she proved to be the next trauma surgeon in the making and we were intrigued.

Notice how none of these stories had anything to do with Jackson Avery. Not that we didn't love her with Jackson, but for whatever reason you've chosen to end their very popular relationship. Suddenly, you think that April is not worth further exploration but you've forgotten one simple thing. We fell in love with her before "Japril" was ever in the picture.

We love her because her story was unlike the others and she had one of the best character developments on the show. She wasn't damaged like Meredith Grey or Alex Karev who have been on their journey to become all whole and healed, but she still had to fight hard to be taken seriously. Her story has so much potential for future development, but you've decided to throw it all away for "creative reasons."

I'm sorry, but there's nothing creative about doing the exact same thing you've done to all the other characters who have left the show. We've endured the loss of many beloved characters when you chose to write off George, Henry, Mark, and Lexie. We even took it when you did the unthinkable and wrote McDreamy out of the show - killing off one half of the leading couple. (WHO DOES THAT???)

But April Kepner? Are you kidding me?

She may no longer be with Jackson, but she was so much more than half of Japril. While most of us hate that Jackson and April are over, we probably could have dealt with it if April was still on the show. Now they're done and you think there aren't any more stories to tell about her character. Why? Because she'll just get in the way of Jackson and Maggie?

How could you not see that she was way more than Jackson's love interest?

She's so much more than you imagined her to be. April is the headstrong, talented trauma surgeon no one saw coming. The farmer's daughter started off an ugly duckling who became a soldier because she needed to be one and turned into one big beautiful swan who constantly has to fight for her coworkers and family to see her as such.

She's proven to be a soldier and swan on many occasions. Just take giving birth to her daughter in a storm on a kitchen table during an emergency c-section without any numbing or pain medication as an example. If she wasn't a soldier or a swan before, how could she not be after that?

Yet, you - the ones who created her - still see her as the ugly duckling of a character because she always had to take the backseat to everyone else's story and was never allowed to really be seen.

But we see her.

She's the youngest of her sisters who still think of her as the embarrassing little Ducky no matter how much she's grown.

This swan of a resident got fired for one mistake but came back fighting to prove she belongs. Not only did April Kepner belong there, but it was her talent, her kindness, her strength that made her Chief Resident. This simply wasn't enough for Dr. Bailey or her other residents so she fought harder.

She endured the pressure but always ended up being a joke to the others. When she was fired yet again, your girl came back a little shaken. She doubted herself, but how could she not when everyone was against her.

Despite everyone telling her she couldn't, she did rise and no one saw her coming because she remained in the background. She went off to Jordan broken and came back a pretty risky trauma surgeon.

We've watched for years as she was handed promising stories that we never got to see fully develop because she was in the background. We never got to see her rise. We get the beginning and the end, but hardly ever the middle.

I thought we were finally going to have an amazing story arc in season 11 when she loses Samuel, but what did we really get? Two or three episodes of her coming to terms with the loss of her baby and then April's disappearance from the show while she's grieving off screen so that Dr. Amelia Shepherd can shine her first season on the show. Where is April's life-changing surgeries? What does April get? She's background music.

Now what?

It's season 14 and we finally get the story we've been waiting 9 years for! We get Dark April and her crisis of faith. A story arc all Christians can appreciate. Here's the chance for real character development in the foreground, but wait...

Before her story is even wrapped up, you announce that this season will be her last. So we're forced to realize that the only reason we're getting this story now is that you're writing her off.

No matter how you end it, it's not going to do her story justice. If you kill her off to end her crisis of faith story, you're not reaching the many Christians who watch the show. If you have her leaving Seattle and taking Harriet with her, you didn't know April. If you have her leaving Seattle and abandoning Harriet, you really didn't know April. So anyway you choose to end her story, you lost out on one great character.

You messed up.

Both April Kepner and Sarah Drew deserved better.

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Quotes That Will Remind You What Life Is Really About

“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.”
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Sometimes you just need a reminder that everything happens for a reason, and the struggles you are going through now are only temporary. We are all human and we all belong. We aren't perfect, we make mistakes, but that's all a part of being alive. Here are some quotes in case you forget:

1. In case you forget that we are in a nation founded by immigrants

“Maybe you weren’t born here, but you found this empty shell and you made it your home”

-Avatar Aang (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

“I am human, so nothing human is foreign to me”

- Terence

2. Failure only brings you closer to perfection

“It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all in which case, you fail by default.”

-J.K. Rowling

“The master has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried.”

-Stephen McCranie

“The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same."

-Colin R. Davis

3. For all the writers out there, keep writing

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

-Ernest Hemingway

“We see with the eyes, but we see with the brain as well, and seeing with the brain is often called imagination.”

-Oliver Sacks

4. The future isn’t everything. Don’t forget to enjoy today

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

-J.K Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)

5. Remember… don’t be petty

“There are many who pretend to despise and belittle, that which is beyond their reach.”

-Aesop

6. Our faults are what make us unique

“We are more than the parts that form us.”

-Patrick Rothfuss

"You can be wild and still be very wise."

-Yoko Ono

7. Keep an open mind

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”

-Harper Lee (To Kill A Mockingbird)

8. Remember to be kind

"Where there is kindness, there is goodness, and where there is goodness, there is magic."

-Fairy Godmother (Cinderella)

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

-Dalai Lama

9. Be the change you want to see in the world

“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.”

-Maya Angelou

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch without doing anything.”

-Albert Einstein

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