A few months ago I decided to embark on a life changing journey. A journey of love, laughter and many tears. Like with most things I do, I threw myself into it, even going so far as to not seeing the outside world for days at a time.
Yes, I decided to watch the whole 10 seasons of Friends.
Now, I'm not one to exaggerate (cough..much), but this might rank as one of the best decisions of my life. Growing up I'd catch the occasional episode on TV and the scary thing is, I somehow convinced myself that Friends wasn't really my kind of show. In fact, I went so far as to call it "cheesy". Oh younger self, you were so foolish.
With age comes wisdom and understanding and by about episode five of season one I had decided that Friends was the greatest show ever made.
In all seriousness, I'm actually glad I waited until I was a bit older to watch it. When I was younger, some of the jokes flew straight over my head and I wasn't able to empathise with the characters.
Here are a few things Friends taught me:
- I'm possibly dating a real life Chandler Bing.
- New York is the greatest city on Earth (well hey, I already knew that).
- Never date anyone named Janice.
- You can fall in love with your best friend.
- They wore a lot of turtle necks and overalls in the 90s.
- Jennifer Aniston has an amazing body.
- Bras weren't quite so supportive 15 years ago. Lots of high beaming.
- Never date anyone named Ross.
- Never assume you were 'on a break'.
- You can achieve anything if you put your mind to it. That includes watching 10 series of a TV show in less than two months.
- Matt Perry's weight was extremely unpredictable.
- It's okay if you haven't quite figured everything out in your 20s, let alone your 30s.
Now that it's over, I will admit that yes, a part of me is missing. But it's nice to know that if I ever need a laugh, I can rely on my trusty mates in apartment 20.