Five Pieces of Wisdom From "How I Met Your Mother"
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Five Pieces of Wisdom From "How I Met Your Mother"

Five Pieces of Wisdom From "How I Met Your Mother"

For nine straight seasons, we both watched and loved them. Take something away from the cast of one of America's favorite sitcoms.

There's no debate that How I Met Your Mother  is arguably one of the best shows ever aired. Through many escapades and late night rallies at MacLaren's Pub, the characters have taken us beyond laughter and into a better understanding about life and its unpredictability. It's time to "suit up" Barney Stinson style and learn from the wild friendship of one unforgettable crew. By the way, have you met Ted?

1. "If you're not taking a chance, then what the h--- are you doing?"
Relish the chances life provides you. There's something to be appreciated about taking a risk, especially if it's an opportunity to turn your dreams into reality. Feeling a little unsafe or unsure? Good. Continue advancing out of your comfort zone until you escape the personal demons holding you back.

2. "You may think that your only choices are to swallow your anger or throw it in someone's face. There's a third option: you can just let it go."
Grudges are dangerous. If given enough power and resentment, they have the ability to poison your relationships (and not just the romantic ones). Learn to let go of your negative experiences or face the consequences of becoming bitter. This one is easier said than done, but it is essential for true happiness.

3. “You can't cling to the past, because no matter how tightly you hold on, it's already gone.”

As humans, we both feel and remember all too well. It's painful holding onto certain memories, but the thought of letting them go is also extremely intimidating. Eventually though, we have no other choice. There's no way for us to face the future when our past is still in control. Don't forget, but don't cling.

4. “Sometimes we search for one thing but discover another.”

No matter how hard you try, you can't plan out your life to the very last detail. The things we encounter in this world are as unpredictable as they are complex. Be sure to embrace that fact instead of wasting your time trying to resist it. When things stray from what you once expected, trust that you're being led in the right direction. Constantly remind yourself of what you want from life and don't settle in attaining them. Just don't be surprised when those things present themselves in a way different from what you imagined.

5. “Because sometimes, even if you know how something's gonna end, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the ride.
Sometimes we already know how a chapter in our life will end. Unfortunately, this can prove to be as much of a curse as a blessing. No matter what "ever after" you get stuck with, be sure to enjoy the journey and the friendships that land you there. After all, life isn't an end, it's a means. How it ends has never been the point. How it's lived is what matters.  

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