I Dislike The Classics, But Anne Of Green Gables Taught Me Valuable Life Lessons

I Dislike The Classics, But Anne Of Green Gables Taught Me Valuable Life Lessons

This fiery redhead opened my eyes to how I can change my life for the better.
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Literature teachers and literary buffs have all recommended me a classic at one point in time, but I've always listened through one ear and let it flow out the other. "Pride and Prejudice?" No thanks, not really my style. But during one boring summer, I started "Anne of Green Gables" out of sheer desperation for something to do. Much to my surprise, I enjoyed the book immensely.

I felt a connection with the protagonist, young Anne who committed mistake after mistake until she grew into a responsible young lady. Author Lucy Montgomery did a great job in developing her character and illustrating life as a bumpy road that one must get through in order to move onto greater things.

Anne's mess-ups ranged from accidentally getting her best friend Diana drunk to jumping off a roof and spraining her ankle, but no matter how bad it was, she tried her best to fix it and moved on. Over time, any turmoil she caused was forgotten, the people involved eventually forgave her and she learned enough to refrain from making the mistake again.

What I learned was that stewing on the past won't get you anywhere; you must move on and do things differently in order to end up in a better situation.

Anne had many layers to her (as most people do) that made her a complex, multidimensional character. She had insecurities about her appearance, specifically her red hair. Because of that, she often resented those who made fun of her insecurities, such as her classmate and future husband, Gilbert Blythe. After one mean comment about her hair, Gilbert received the silent treatment for more than five years.

This conflict brought to light the issue revolving around body image and self confidence that teenage girls have growing up and how such problems can impact personal relationships. If Anne had not taken the insult to heart, she could have become friends with Gilbert sooner and avoided any animosity towards her fellow classmates who supported Gilbert.

Therefore, what I took out of this was that no matter what your appearance, accept yourself and have confidence in your abilities (and of course, forgive and forget!)

Close to the end of the book, Anne's adopted mother, Marilla Cuthbert, was too old to tend to the farm so she planned to sell it to provide money for tuition. Anne, refusing to give up her childhood home, rejected her dream job for a much closer one so she could visit more often to run the farm. Her selfless act born out of love for her family made it a win-win situation which, besides being a great conclusion, emphasized the importance of supporting those you love and sticking by your family.

It made me realize all that my family does to assist me and to appreciate their efforts more.

Yes, "Anne of Green Gables" may have the reputation that most classics have: dreary, slow and old. But that does not mean it cannot be an amazing read for those hoping to learn more about themselves through endearing characters.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."
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Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."


3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."


4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.


"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.


“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.


Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."


25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.


"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.


"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."


30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.


"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"


32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."


34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."


35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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