What I Learned from How I Met Your Mother

By Micaela (catssandcoffee)

We all have that one show or movie we will never get tired of. I have a lot, but How I Met Your Mother is definitely in my top 3. For those of you who haven’t watched HIMYM, every season is on Netflix and I recommend. The way I describe it is the next generation of Friends. Friends is also up there… but that’s a whole different post. What I love about HIMYM is how honest it is and how much I have learned about myself while watching it.

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Here’s what How I Met Your Mother taught me:

  1. Nothing good ever happens after 2AM
  2. Always dress your best — “Suit up!”
  3. Everyone has their own remedy for a hangover
  4. Not every day can be legendary… but you can try
  5. Don’t marry someone who doesn’t also love your favorite movie
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  6. Real friends will not judge you based upon your past (even if that past involves you being a pop sensation in Canada)
  7. Never lie about your identity when trying to sleep with someone
  8. Follow the Bro Code
  9. The Mermaid Theory: At some point you will find someone attractive that you shouldn’t or never thought you would
  10. Its generally not a good idea to date (your) therapist
  11. It is totally fine to not want to have kids or get married
  12. Its okay to leave a place for awhile in order to find yourself
  13. Never break up with someone on their birthday (or over the phone)
  14. You are not the same person you were 10 years ago — and you will be a completely different person than you are now in another 10 years
  15. Its okay if your life doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would
  16. You could find “the one” at any moment
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  17. But don’t let finding “the one” prevent you from living
  18. If you find a good burger place, write down the address
  19. Everyone needs a good “whoo” sometimes
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  20. There is no such thing as a “girly drink”
  21. Its perfectly fine to only be (physically) intimate with one person in your life
  22. Not all bets are worth it
  23. There is no set amount of time it will take to get over someone giphy
  24. A single person and a married person of the opposite sex can’t be friends without there being conflict (generally)
  25. Travel the world
  26. If you move in with your significant other, don’t keep things from past relationships… unless its a dog
  27. Don’t get your hair dyed the day of your wedding — you might end up looking like a Backstreet Boy
  28. If there’s someone in your life you want to keep around, do something about it
  29. If a person is sitting at the bar texting, they’re probably in a relationship
  30. Befriend your regular bartender
  31. Before buying a house, make sure it is fixable or perfect
  32. Accept all challenges
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  33. Don’t get a tattoo if you’re drunk and/or emotional
  34. Your drunk ideas are not always your best ones
  35. Don’t include someone you are casually dating in special event group pictures
  36. Don’t point out the flaws in someone else’s significant other
  37. If you marry your best friend you’ll probably be very happy
  38. Hold out for someone who would steal a blue French horn for you
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  39. Don’t date someone who doesn’t support your career or goals
  40. Catfishing is real… and it might be your friends
  41. You can’t move on until you’ve let your anger go
  42. When you breakup with someone, you will almost always want to go back and that’s normal… but remind yourself of why it didn’t work
  43. That future is scary, but don’t run back to your past just because it’s comfortable
  44. Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans
  45. Write down all your passwords
  46. Don’t rub moving on in your ex’s face
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  47. Every relationship has a mourning period once its over
  48. If you try hard enough, you can make it rain
  49. In every relationship there is a reacher and a settler
  50. Document everything
  51. If you like her, call her — you don’t have to wait 3 days
  52. The Cheerleader Effect: A group of men or women that look attractive but only as a group
  53. The Naked Man is guaranteed to work 2/3 times
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  54. Timing is everything
  55. The Hot-Crazy Scale: A person is allowed to be crazy, as long as they are equally hot
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  56. The Front Porch Test: can I imagine myself sitting on a porch with this person in 50 years? If the answer is no, move on.
  57. You will never be too old for love
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