The Importance Of Friends and 'Friends'

The Importance Of Friends and 'Friends'

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Okay, so Buzzfeed came out with an article (updated now) that brought the news that Netflix was taking out "Friends." I was legit so sad when I read that because I've become so attached to the t.v. show that saying goodbye to it meant saying goodbye to a friend...forever! When I first watched the show, I didn't know it'd be that show I would watch every. single. day. I was crazy.

Actually, no, I wasn't- everyone else was crazy for judging me for re-watching episodes. I don't know what it was that made me so obsessed with this show; but after quite some time, I realized I became attached to the characters in that I see them in me and in my friends.

Being a student at a university protects me from the real world. I don't have to worry about finances, and there's not much pressure on me to find a job because my priorities lie in my studies. It's not a big deal until I realize that...it is. A lot of things feed that part of my brain that triggers stress and worry. It starts screaming that I'm a senior aka I'm retiring from school.

I'll be leaving my younger friends. I'll feel alone and trapped in this depressing world I've come up with because I don't know what life is like without school to keep me productive. I'd feel like an impostor, feeling insecure that I'm just not good enough or even intelligent enough to reach my hopes and dreams. There's that constant worry. It's always there; but the thing is: it's just a worry, something that isn't written on my timeline.

Then a light comes up. It's the same light that makes me all warm inside, the one that reminds me to rest in God's love. Life's a piece of work (who knew?), but when I look at it, I see my friends. My self that's been through experiences of rejection and other negativities knocks on my head to tell me to quit worrying so much.

"Friends" showed my worry of being a twenty-one-year-old (hehe she can buy booze now) without security post-grad (my parents are still gonna take me in, don't worry lol).

I see this through the character Rachel Green, who leaves the comfortable and secure lifestyle and survives New York as a waitress- in the beginning. She's the proxy that allows us to experience this sense of growth. She starts the series as a waitress and ends it as a successful manager in the fashion industry. When she mentioned that she wanted to be something other than a shoe, it struck me that her leaving that comfortable lifestyle was freedom for self-discovery. Friendship made the big, scary city a little less scary. When I was deciding what career to do, for the longest time, I only gave myself either the choice of medicine or law- my "shoe." Time at university- time away from my first home- led me to discover my path as a creative. It was scary in that, like Rachel Green, I was starting from a foreign path, but I knew I wanted to keep going. Life after college is an even bigger challenge, but with this path and having friends in it, I bet it's going to be an adventure.

We all share the struggles, but we're there for each other (when the rain starts to pour like we've been there before). I see this and think to myself that I'm worried over some void. The thought of me graduating college is pretty scary. It's a lot "do this" and "do that," but I think I just need to layoff myself a bit. I'm so wound up in that worry of becoming a failure, but the happiness I found is stronger. As the backbone of the series, friendship always powers through. I'm not saying that any of this answers my obsession with this series; however, the friends part of "Friends" definitely has a big impact. The idea of having love on your side throughout your struggles and fears always and forever is, well, pretty cool.

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6 Places in New York City Every "Friends" Fan Needs to Visit

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As a Friends fanatic myself, I often wonder about the places in New York City featured in the various episodes and whether I could actually visit them. Most of them are fictional or no longer exist, but there are a few places you can go to reminisce about your favorite Friends moments. So, here are 6 places in New York City you definitely need to visit as a Friends fan.

1. The Apartment Building, Obviously

The building used for the exterior shot of the apartments in Friends is real, and is located at 90 Bedford Street at the corner of Grove Street in Greenwich Village. It's an obvious must-see.

2. The Pullitzer Fountain

This is the fountain that the friends danced around in for the iconic theme song, and it's located right in Central Park.

3. Bloomingdale's

This is the department where Rachel worked before she moved on to Ralph Lauren, where she met Joshua, and where she started her career in fashion.

4. The Plaza Hotel

This is where Monica and Chandler celebrated their engagement in The One WIth Monica's Thunder, and is actually really gorgeous.

5. The Central Perk Replica

While Central Perk isn't a real coffee shop, a pop-up replica opened up in 2014 on Lafayette Street and it's definitely a must-visit.

6. Chandler's Office

The fictional Chandler works in the real Solow Building, located on West 57th street.

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Hannah B. Named The Next Bachelorette: Get Excited!!

Roll Tide.

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On the season finale of the hit reality TV show 'The Bachelor' Chris Harrison announced the new Bachelorette to be Hannah Brown, affectionately referred to as "Hannah Beast." Hannah made it far in Colton's season of the Bachelor, but hit some bumps along the way. She was involved in serious drama with costar and fellow pageant competitor Caelynn. Not only is Hannah B. known for drama and tears, she is also known for her awkward and often uncomfortable behavior around the cameras. And let's not forget the most awkward first date and toast of all time...Roll Tide!

Despite her awkward and quirky personality, I think the Alabama native is truly a sweetheart. She cannot be judged based on the controversy that took place between her and Caelynn because no one knows the full truth of the story. In my opinion, no one was completely innocent in their "cat fight" but the way in which each girl handled themselves in the resolution of this drama was mature and, quite frankly, impressive. I think Hannah B's season will be full of more tears and could potentially be very uncomfortable to watch at some moments, but at the end of the say, Hannah B. deserves to find love just like any other 'Bachelor' hopeful. It will definitely be an interesting season to watch, so get excited!!

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