I typically watch a lot of my TV shows on my iPad, while I’m cooking supper at night. Just ask Derek! I have a whole set up. My iPad with the Gilmore Girls streaming in the background and my iPhone displaying the current recipe I’m working on right next to it. It’s part of my wind down time. I love cooking and baking. It keeps my hands and mind busy, and lets me be creative in my own way. I rarely follow the recipe, letting my creative, designer side run wild! It’s usually just what I need after a long day.
As I was watching a special sitcom, that remains close to my heart, I heard the following line… “Life’s tough, get a helmet”. Do you know where this quote comes from? The 90’s TV show, Boy Meets World, of course. Yes, I was one of those people that fell into the Disney+ trap and purchased my $7.99 membership. I had ONE reason I wanted to download the app…yup, you guessed it…Boy Meets World. I needed to relive my childhood for a few weeks as I re-watched the familiar sitcom. All the memories of the 90’s came flooding back to me. The times seemed more simple, there were no cell phones in hands at all times, and you had to go across the street to chat with your friends and neighbors. And let me tell you, it was a good place to be, my friends.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not hating on today’s technology. I’m a graphic designer, for goodness sake. I couldn’t do my job without our ever changing technology, and I find it fascinating as my Adobe programs change and continue to shape the way I design. I love technology and all that it brings, but….sometimes…I wish I could go back for a week and live without it. Cleanse myself of it, if even for a day.
As I continued cooking and watching my show, I related so much to that iconic line. Life is tough…(hmm…maybe I should invest in a helmet myself…)! Even though this show is 27 years old, the lessons from it still feel so applicable to me in this moment. Let me give you a run down of a few key points I noticed.
- Laugh at yourself. If I had a dollar for every time I did or said something stupid I could pay for that dream house that Derek and I want. My brother, Aaron, would tell you I laugh at pretty much everything. Yup, that’s me. Apologize if it warrants one, and then smile and laugh. We all make mistakes, it’s how we move on and correct them that really matters. There is always more than one solution to a problem, find it and move on.
- Your parents always want what is best for you. Now, I realize there are exceptions to this statement. But if you had loving, caring, and generous parents (Hi mom and dad!) like both Derek and I do, then I can say with 100% certainty that they ALWAYS want you to succeed. They may not agree with all our choices all of the time, but their love is unconditional. And I wouldn’t be where I am today without their help along the way.
- Work hard for what you want. Sitting around wishing and hoping isn’t going to get you very far in life. As Alan Matthews says to his young son, Cory, “This is your life. Deal with your life”. It’s okay to accept help, but don’t expect or feel entitled to handouts.
- “You don’t have to be blood, to be family”. A memorable quote from the beloved teacher, Mr. Feeeeeeheeeny, (Que the Feeny call for all you Eric fans out there…). Do I need to expand more on this? Don’t take them for granted…my friends are my family. End. Of. Story.
- Just be a good person. Let me reiterate that life is tough. Everyone is going through something. Being a decent person doesn’t take a lot of effort, but often means the world. It’s okay to disagree and have different opinions, but be humble and good. Admit when you’re wrong, and apologize. Mr. Feeny’s parting words to the entire series pretty much sum this up, “Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do good”.
Wow…this post was intended to come out a lot more funny, but hey, as I write this I realize that right now, I too, am going through a trying period in my life, that I’m sure I will share more on at a later date. So, you get the sappy version of this post – you’re welcome!
I’ll leave you with one last thought. Sometimes life knocks you down, kicks, screams, and stomps on you. Stand back up. (I admit I stole these next three words from my favorite talk show host, Bobby Bones, out of Nashville.) Fight. Grind. Repeat. And DON’T EVER LET THAT ESKIMO STAND IN YOUR WAY!…watch the video I posted if you have no clue what I’m talking about! (wink!) Here’s the video link if you need it…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKIYBP8lPlQ
Also, you should just watch the whole series…
Until next time…I’ll be living the dream! Katie. K