Dr. House graced our screens during eight-year run of "House M.D." From 2004 to 2012, we tuned in to see what unsolvable case Dr. House and his team had to solve each week. We laughed and cried along with the trials and tribulations of medical work, learned about diagnostic medicine, but most importantly, learned a number of life lessons from the doctor himself. He may have been crass, uncaring and blunt in his mannerisms, didn't know how to connect with people and didn't care what people thought of him, but in the end, he was a brilliant diagnostician. Beyond his faults, Dr. House was a man of intellect and bestowed his wisdom upon us.
Growing up, I watched the show religiously and even bought the DVDs. Since I don't own a DVD player anymore, Amazon Prime answered my calling to rewatch the series. Rewatching the show now in my 20s, I realize how much I learned from Dr. House beyond just medicine. Here are the 22 things the show taught me.
1. Everyone lies
2. You can't always get what you want
None of Dr. House's cases were typical and was why he was only able to solve one a week. With this in mind, he knows he won't always get the result he wants and he knows he will often be tested. Remembering to be flexible when life deals you a blow is the key ingredient to growing as a person and learning more about yourself and your capabilities.
3. But if you try sometimes, you get what you need
4. Never give up
Dr. House never gave up on his patients until he had an answer, so you shouldn't give up no matter what life throws at you. It might be tough, but sticking it out until the end will bring a much-deserved award.
5. Friends will never leave your side
Those who are your true friends will always be there for you, no matter what the circumstance. Dr. Wilson stood by Dr. House no matter what he did not leave his side, especially when things took a turn for the worst.
6. Don't let anything stop you
No matter what challenge Dr. House faced, he never stopped trying to get his way. Don't let others stop you from doing what is best for you and your goals because you're the only one in charge of your life. Stick up for what you believe in and don't let anything or anyone stop you.
7. Follow your brain, not your heart
9. Some things are better said out loud, no matter what
It's not always easy for us to be honest, but harboring grudges about someone's actions or harboring ill-will against something not going right won't help in the long run. Say what you feel because life is too short not to say what's on your mind.
10. It's the simple things in life that bring the most happiness
12. Real connections are worth more than fleeting ones
13. Turn your weaknesses into strengths
14. Loyalty is the foundation of friendships
Just because you and your friends have different opinions, don't let them cloud your judgment of the person. Accept their opinions for what they are: opinions.
15. Brainstorming is the best way to find solutions
16. Mistakes are inevitable
17. Remember to always have fun
18. Normal is overrated
19. Trust has to be earned
20. People get what they get, but it's not always what they deserve
21. Friends matter
If you've never watched "House M.D." I highly encourage you to binge watch it, starting now! Sarcasm, dry humor, an ensemble of a great cast, need I say more? You'll thank me later.