On September 22, 1994, one of the greatest sitcoms in the history of TV series began its journey with five characters sitting around a table, sipping their coffees in huge, rounded mugs while the sixth addition joins them shortly. Twenty two years later, Friends is still “OH MY GOD” for most of us. It is the show that captured the simplicity and beauty of friendship, that taught us about accepting each other’s quirks and loving them for it, that mirrored the random nonsensical conversations you have ever-so-often with your friends and the stories that will forever be cherished. Friends, in a myriad of moments, captured what friendship really means.
On Friendship Day, here are life lessons from F.R.I.E.N.D.S that you just can’t unlearn:
The unplanned moments
Did you ever just sit with your gang and hum a song out of the blue, as one member joins with every line? Have you danced with your friend to a song you love?
These are the moments that matter, the impromptu bits that tell you how fluidic and comfortable your friendship is. This is when you know that can be crazy and bonkers and your friends will be there for you.
You’re never really on a break
It doesn’t matter if life keeps friends apart. It ain’t no trouble even if you drift apart and meet after years. True friends pick up where they left off.
30 is just a number
Turning 30 can be scary, especially after steering aimlessly for a decade. You could be staring at an early mid-life crisis or your love life could be DOA. But eventually, you’d look back and see it all worked out. Just don’t gift your friend a birthday card that’ll make him/her weep or whine about a deal with God to stop you from ageing; it won’t work.
Na ah! Don’t ever make your friends meet your colleagues
At office, you’re a nicer, less insane version of yourself. So it’s probably not the greatest idea to make your colleagues meet the gang. It’d be similar to aliens invading human civilisation.
How to save your friend from a jellyfish sting and test your friendship
Joey: Sure I peed on her. And if I had to, I’d pee on any one of you!
Now that’s true friendship! One question though: Would you?
Fights are part of every relationship
You wouldn’t be friends if you didn’t fight every now and then. Whether it was falling for a friend’s ex or misplacing one’s earring, it’s a part and parcel of the relationship. It’s best to just fight it out and try not to steal each other’s thunder!
Don’t say the wrong name at the altar
Chances are your marriage won’t survive and your wife will become paranoid about the woman you named. But more importantly, it’s not a good idea to marry at all if you can’t even say the right name.
Ross’ guide on what you can ‘steal’ from a hotel
1) Don’t leave a minute before check out.
2) There’s a thin line between stealing and taking what is deservedly yours. It’s okay to take remote batteries but not the remote. You can carry home the bulb but it’s a resounding ‘NO’ to take a lamp shade.
3) Make sure your suitcase is fastened properly when you’re leaving the hotel.
4) If it isn’t and the contents spill out, run for your life! (Do NOT try to take some more apples from the reception counter)
Your best friend may turn out to be the love of your life
It’s lucky to find someone you’d want to spend the rest of your life. It’s even luckier to discover the love of your life to be your best friend. There’s someone who knows you, who can bear your tantrums, who has seen you at your best and worst. Does IT get any better than that?
Bonus lesson: Friendship is selfless
It is. After all, Joey and Phoebe taught us that.