8 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Lip Gallagher

8 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Lip Gallagher

Admit it, we all love Lip.

Watching Shameless you wouldn't expect it to be a show that you can take much away from. Besides what drugs to mix and how much beer to drink. But if you take the time to watch the show you'll realize that theres actually more to it than you think. All the siblings give a little something to the family, but one of the best characters I think on the show is Lip. If you watch the show you realize that their is a lot to learn from Lip Gallagher, and here's just a few of them.

  1. It doesn’t matter where you come from.
    1. From the hood to MIT. Lip proves to everyone that he is better than where he is from. He doesn’t become the statistic from where he is from.
  2. Don’t give up.
    1. He dropped out of high school and managed to go back, graduate, and get into college. He didn’t give up even when he had a crazy family at home. He worked when he had to work and he did what he had to do.
  3. Sometimes tough love is what you have to do.
    1. All the times he didn’t let Frank inside. All the times he hung up on Fiona. Putting Ian in the hospital. Not babying Carl or Debbie when other people would have. Telling everyone how it is.
  4. Family always come first.
    1. No matter what happens you always pick family. All the times that Lip could've walked away, taken the easy ways out. Not helped his family. Not driven to pick up Fiona from a gas station after a bender. Or gone and pick up Ian after a manic episode. Taking care of Liam after he almosts dies. Taking his family too and from college with him when they need someone to look after them. He always puts his family first, even when some people never would have.
  5. You can prove everyone wrong.
    1. No one expected Lip to do anything with his life. He proved everyone wrong by going to school. Proving his intelligence. Taking care of himself. No one expected him to get this far.
  6. Don’t let anyone make you think lower of yourself.
    1. No matter what anyone tells you, don’t let them change who you are. When Lip comes back from college and his friends mock him for not doing all the things he used too, he doesn’t care. He doesn’t let them make him change his mind and make stupid decisions.
  7. It is okay to let go and have fun.
    1. Even after all he’s been through and all he has to do, he lets himself have fun. He knows how to let loose and have fun.
  8. Accept help when you need it.
    1. Stubborn as he is, he does accept help when he needs it. He understands that you can’t always do it on your own, as much as you might want too.
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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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