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33 Things I Learned From Friends

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Friends to me is like chicken noodle soup and a warm blanket. It’s simple, it’s classic, it’s comfort, and it’s home. Much like many of you, I grew up watching this critically acclaimed TV show for almost the entirety of my youth. I spent my Thursday nights sitting in front of the TV with my family waiting to see what would happen with the six characters we had honestly and truly come to love. We shared in their ups and downs, their highs and lows, their successes and their failures. We grew emotionally attached to the jobs and the boyfriends and the girlfriends and the babies. We watched with baited breath as Ross and Rachel strung us along for 10 seasons. Will they? Won’t they? Please, for the love of God, just kiss her. We followed Joey on every audition, every casting call, and every show, anxiously awaiting his true big break. We gasped when Monica woke up in Chandler’s bed in London and we cried the happiest of tears when they said ‘I Do.’ We cheered for Phoebe, who finally found her person, and what an absolutely perfect person he really was. We shared in their lives. We let them into our home. Between the homework and the sports practices and our own boyfriends and girlfriends and ups and downs and highs and lows, they were there for us. Every Thursday night on NBC, they were there for us. They were our family. They were our constant. They were our Friends.

  1. Make sure to say the right name on your wedding day. This is very important.
  2. Sometimes the right person has been right there in front of you all along.
  3. You are nothing without friendship.
  4. You’re going to date some losers, some criers, some alcoholics, and some people who refuse to grow up. It’s okay. It’s a learning process.
  5. Always have health insurance. Seriously. This is important.
  6. Celebrate holidays with the people you love most.
  7. If your boss calls you the wrong name, correct him. Otherwise everyone is going to call you “Cha – dfgjdlgjd” for the next five years.
  8. Don’t wait years and years to tell someone how you really feel. Grab them and kiss them like you mean it right now, damn it.
  9. You will have jobs that you absolutely hate. You’ll get hit on, get made fun of, and sometimes you might even cry. It’s okay, you really will find something you love.
  10. You’re going to have some pretty atrocious haircuts throughout the years. You also might have even worn overalls. It’s okay. Everyone makes mistakes.
  11. Be good to those around you.
  12. Condoms only work 96% of the time.
  13. Befriend someone who is really good at cooking.
  14. Embrace the quirkiness. Life’s more fun if you’re surrounded by people who make you laugh.
  15. Close the curtains when you’re having sex.
  16. All secrets get found out eventually.
  17. Your roommates have the potential to become your family, so choose them wisely.
  18. Don’t smoke. It’s icky and no one will want to kiss you.
  19. Bringing up the topic of marriage after only a few dates is probably not the best idea.
  20. Don’t go anywhere near The Little White Chapel in Vegas.
  21. Humidity does bad things to some people’s hair.
  22. Be on good terms with your neighbors. If they dislike you, they can make your life a living hell.
  23. Don’t bet things like, oh, I don’t know…your apartment.
  24. If your friends hate your significant other, there’s a reason. Break up with him/her.
  25. “We were on a break!” is never an acceptable excuse.
  26. It’s okay to not have it figured all out at twenty-five. You still have time.
  27. Your friends from college are your friends for life.
  28. Marriages that are meant to last will last, marriages that aren’t will not.
  29. Turning 30 is not the end of the world. Don’t buy a sports car, don’t cry, don’t throw a hissy fit, but do get very, very drunk.
  30. Your parents will embarrass you no matter how old you are. Just accept it.
  31. Be good to one another.
  32. People grow older, but that doesn’t mean they have to change. And neither does your relationship.
  33. Your friends are your family. Treat them as such.

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Catie Warren

Catie struggles with adulthood and has been celebrating her 21st birthday for the past three years. She attended college in the nation’s capital and to this day is angry that Pit Bull lied to her, as you cannot, in fact, party on The White House lawn. Prior to her success with PGP, Catie was most famous for being featured in her hometown newspaper regarding her 5th grade Science Fair Project for which she did not place. In her spare time, she enjoys attributing famous historical quotes to Marilyn Monroe and getting in fights with thirteen year olds on twitter. Email: catie@grandex.co

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