If you haven’t seen the TV show New Girl yet, I have one piece of advice for you: watch it right now. Up until I discovered New Girl, I typically watched animated shows. What can I say? I can be a big kid sometimes. Oddly, I found shows with actual people to be extremely exhausting, especially sitcoms. My usual TV experience consisted of shows that made me laugh until I cried, such as Family Guy and Adventure Time. Luckily, I had a life altering experience when I accidentally stumbled upon a mid-afternoon mini marathon of New Girl. I literally could not pull myself away from the TV. Within the span of the mini-marathon, I experienced so many feelings. I was intrigued, emotional and severely humored. Without further ado, here’s the run-down of what New Girl taught me about life:
I grew up believing the illusion that when anyone becomes an adult, they magically become self-sufficient and all-knowing. I know it seems silly but that was the life mirage I was unknowingly seeing. The world often places a lot of pressure on young adults to “get it together” by the time they are officially classified as adults. New Girl reminds everyone that it’s okay to not have your entire life perfectly mapped out.
I’m really intrigued by Nick Miller’s total transformation from a law school student (who had 90% of his degree completed) to a bartender. Nick’s not a failure, he’s a hero. He had the courage to stand-up and remove himself from a life path that he felt would have made him miserable. It takes a lot of guts to go against what society deems to be cool and to do what makes you happy. Most people would initially consider him to be a failure but he stood up for himself and was brave enough to change his life path that he wasn’t happy with. In the process, he met a group of friends that love him unconditionally. That’s the beauty of life; you never know where it might take you. Sometimes the life route you think is the best doesn’t end up working out and that’s just fine because better things are always around the corner.
All my life, I’ve been told that whatever I do, “Don’t Cry!”. Blah blah blah. I was always told that crying is a sign of weakness. Being a hopeless romantic, I have definitely had my fair days of crying. I am the type of person who enjoys having feelings and doesn’t like to be stifled. I have pretty much cried during 99% of all romantic and sad scenes in every film I’ve ever seen. In case you were wondering, yes, the Titantic is included on that list.
I love how Jessica Day isn’t afraid to be herself. Her character has such an alluring yet subtle boldness. It’s so refreshing! She’s never afraid to let her emotions show no matter how others may see her, which brings me to my next point…
I have a confession. I have literally watched Dirty Dancing about a million times. It is one of my favorite movies of all time. Everything about the film brings a smile to my face. I mean how can you not like a movie that involves the quirky and beautiful young girl who embarks on a journey of self-discovery with a bad-boy dance instructor? This movie was made for me and completely feeds into my hopeless romantic mentality.
On the very first episode of New Girl, Jessica Day caught her long-time boyfriend, Spencer, cheating on her. She was completely devastated by his betrayal. She cried and watched Dirty Dancing a million times while she was getting over the break-up. She took her time healing and eventually got past her cheating boyfriend. Once again, the sun began to shine for Jessica Day.
In a world full of people with a “f*** hoes, get money” mentality, it’s easy to feel like maybe you’re too nice or a “sucker for love”. Don’t ever feel bad for having feelings. If you were deeply infatuated or in love with someone, don’t expect to get over it overnight! It’s completely normal to cry or even be angry. Allow yourself to feel angry or sad, so you can eventually move on in your healing process. If your healing process involves a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, that’s perfectly okay (in fact, I definitely recommend Ben & Jerry’s).
Hands down, the New Girl crew is the best squad ever. They may bicker and fight sometimes but at the end of the day they make it known how much they mean to each other. They are always there for each other when it truly counts and that is extremely admirable. It’s not always easy to find friends who will love you for you (quirks and all!).
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