13 Life Lessons We Learned From "How I Met Your Mother'
Start writing a post
Entertainment

13 Life Lessons We Learned From "How I Met Your Mother'

"It's going to be L E G E N -- wait for it but don't forget to suit up -- Dary".

4021
13 Life Lessons We Learned From "How I Met Your Mother'
Tumblr

For six years, How I Met Your Mother was a show that every twenty or thirty something could relate to. You were either a Ted, Marshall, Barney, Lilly or Robin.

If you classified as a Ted, then you were automatically a desperate, single person who felt the need to find "THE ONE" and settle down, start a family, have a successful business/life. Normally a Ted would be the one who dates multiple people, convinced they are the one that they are T H E O N E. Ted is also the one who tends to be more rational and understanding of others and their feelings/circumstances. Very understanding and has a heart of gold. The main problem with being a Ted that others would say is that who often gets caught up searching for T H E O N E and focusing on his best friends Marshal and Lily's relationship that he so desperately craves and his feelings for Robin.

If you identified with Barney, well you must be legen -- wait for it -- dary and awesome. Barney is by definition a ladies man. He can get any woman he wants and is always suited up. He is best known by his witty comebacks to the gang and the infamous 'bro code'. Raised by a single mom and his half brother is an African American male who loves to suit up as well. Barney didn't believe in love and felt that one night stands were better than committing to another person although on a few occasions, he did find his better half. Barney isn't one to dwell on terrible things but rather be the life of the party -- even when he's sick. Barney ultimately falls in love, gets married then divorced and ultimately faces his biggest fear in life.

If you call yourself a Marshall, your life was great. You found your ONE in college and are happily married even after hitting a small bump in the road. You had some trouble finding work after college and graduate school but you later found a job, scratch that, career that you love and you have a growing family. You have suffered some heartache and loss but you also tend to give great advice and are more the "fatherly' type in the group. You know what you want on life and aren't afraid of reaching your dream(s).

If you knew Robin was your person, no questions asked, then you were a strong, independent, Canadian woman who didn't need no man, no commitment and were going to make big in the news industry. You had a love for scotch and soda. A secret past that you had been ashamed of but later learned to embrace it. You later caved on some of the things you had once sworn off and before the end, you found happiness. True happiness.

And if you didn't even have to look at any other character to know you were a Lily, then you were obviously the lovable one of the group. You had a knack for reading people and not just because of your job as a kindergarten teacher. You could anything life threw at you without a second moments glance. Some decisions you made were spur of the moment but they always worked out on your end -- even if some did take some time. You had many talents but your best was being there for those even when they thought they didn't need someone. You are the glue that held the group together and hated the thought of being separated from your friends who were more like family than just friends.

Putting that aside, here are the thirteen {B E S T} life lessons from "How I Met Your Mother" :

13. Don't cling to the past, it's already gone.

This advice came from Ted. I have to remind myself of this one daily. It's hard to let go of things and from time to time, revisiting certain memories stir up old emotions and make you rethink things but in the end, you are exactly where you are supposed to be, with who you're supposed to be, going through whatever you may need to be going through at the moment in time.

12. Your special person, T H E O N E, soulmate, etc.. is out there...

Just keep looking and just because things didn't work out with what's their face doesn't mean you have to mope around and be lonely. Go out, have fun and live in the moment. That perfect, special O N E will come into your life....eventually.

11. NOTHING ever good happens at 2 a.m. -- does this one really need an explanation (?).

10. Be thankful for the little reason because they will add up to the BIG moments in your life one day.

9. This one is for the guys two words, suit up. Barney Stinson is always right on this one.

8. Plans change over time.

Whether you never thought you'd get married or start a family or pursue a certain career, give it time. You never what will happen five, ten years down the road.

7. Never be ashamed of your past.

Always laugh at it. Embrace it.

6.Hard work pays off.

Look at Marshall and Robin for this one. Marshall finally made it to the peak of his career before the series ended and Robin followed her dreams and went every where she always wanted to. Work hard and don't settle for something that doesn't make you happy every time you wake up every morning.

5. This one slightly follows the one above but still a good one : Follow your passions. No matter where they take you.

Lily wanted to be an artist and through it caused a brief split in her relationship with Marshall and later having to move into a tiny and gross apartment for several months, she still followed her dream to see where she could go with it.

4. Family isn't always blood.

Sometimes family is that friend who sits with you at the bar listening to your latest crazy story or goes to check out that new place you built only to find out you would be leaving soon or that you were still secretly harboring feelings for someone but didn't want to stand in the way of their happiness. Through thick and thin, pregnancy and many lovers later and x amount of drinks later sitting on apartment rooftop buildings and chasing crazy scary things out of your apartment and making all sorts of crazy memories together, that's what/who (your) family is.

3. Be mindful of your friends out side of your inner circle.

Marshall learned this the hard way and in the end, it did him better in the long run than he could've ever imagined. In life, we've all got that one friend who as much as you love them and enjoy them being in your life, they have to go. Whether they be a toxic person, a fake friend or someone who isn't helping you better yourself, cut them out asap.

2. Robin proved to young girls/ladies every where that you can make it in any industry.

Robin wanted to go international with reporting in the news and the woman did it. She showed that our past doesn't define us, even if it was super embarrassing. Don't limit yourself to one thing -- if you have many talents, give each of them a chance and whichever certain one makes you happy, go for it. Robin was a former pop star turned reporter -- how many people can say that?!?

and drum roll for the number one { B E S T } life lesson from 'How I Met Your Mother' is ...

1. The BEST love stories are the messy ones.

Thank you Ted, Barney, Marshall, Robin and Lily.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

A Conversation About Sex

"Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature." - Marilyn Monroe

745
Thinking Beyond Barriers

There it is. Even though I'm not around you, I can feel it. Was there a flutter of embarrassment in your mind when you saw the word sex in this article’s title? Did you look over your shoulder to ensure nobody was around before you began to read this?

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

13 Signs You Are A True Cancer Of The Zodiac

Calling all babies born June 21st - July 22nd!

1321
My Astral Life

I'm the first to admit that I am one of THOSE people who uses their zodiac sign as a description of themselves. I realize not everyone believes in astrology-related anything, and there are plenty of people who don't fit their signs. However, I'm one of the people who truly fits their sign to a tee. I'm a Cancer, a Crab, a Moon Child. It's currently our season fellow Crabs! So without further ado, here are all of the signs that you're a Cancer.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

The Blessing of Lacking Sex Appeal

To all the fellow non "it" girls out there

2755
kozepsuli.hu

Lacking sex appeal is not a desirable thing. It makes you fee not ugly, but wrong. Not having charisma is not a life goal. It doesn't make you fee friendless, but isolated. Not being the "it" girl happens, and tonight (and every nigh prior to this)

Keep Reading... Show less
Swoon

Confessions From the Single Friend of the Group

It is truly the worst place to be

5745
Confessions From the Single Friend of the Group

Look. If you are anything like me, complaining about being single is such a hard thing to because you are genuinely happy for your friends, but as they continue to be happy in their relationships, the ever crushing weight of being the single friends can become overwhelming. For context, my primary friend group consists of four people. We are all roommates and it is a great time here. All three of my roommates have boyfriends/girlfriends, which makes our friend group of four quickly jump to seven, and it is wonderful! I love my roommates so much and I love their S.O's, but no matter how much I love them I always get extremely jealous and sad. The sad thing is that the only part that ever truly ends up bugging me is that since I am single, they are my go-to top priorities and it has been really hard to watch myself slip from the top of their go-to's to not being their go to when they feel the weight of the world. What makes it harder is that expressing that I feel alone and unwanted makes me sound jealous and like I don't want my friends to hangout with their people. I get it. I do. But there are just days I want to be someone's first pick and I'm not.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Aretha Franklin Will Forever Be A Detroit Legend, I'm Proud To Share A Hometown With Her

Aretha Franklin lost her battle to pancreatic cancer, so we stop to reflect on her powerful journey.

7143
Aretha Franklin Will Forever Be A Detroit Legend, I'm Proud To Share A Hometown With Her

Recently, Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, passed away. Ms. Franklin grew up singing in her church's choir in Detroit. Over the years, she decided to make singing a career, first signing to Columbia Records at 18. Years later, she signed with Atlantic Records where her most powerful tunes, such as "Respect," are remembered to this day. Her breathtaking vocals earned her 18 Grammy Awards and made her one of the best-selling artists of all time.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments