When I moved out of my parents’ home to start college last summer, my mother literally begged me to take seven very specific items with me: the seven seasons of “Gilmore Girls”. They turned out to be the first things I packed.
For years, my mother and me re-watched “Gilmore Girls”, over and over again, until we could literally talk along. We watched single mother Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) live with her teenage daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) in the fairy-tale-like town of Stars Hollow. Lorelai struggles with finding her one true love (many men have tried, many have failed…), while Rory goes to a fancy prep-school to get into Harvard, the university of her dreams. But what is so special about “Gilmore Girls”, is that Lorelai and Rory are best friends. They are the inventors of binge-watching, the preachers of junk-food and the origins of hilarious one-liners – but mainly, they star in the show that my mom and I watched together, much like Lorelai and Rory, eating junkfood on the couch and talking about everything.
“Gilmore Girls” is my favorite tv show ever and in my opinion (which is entirely, entirely prejudiced), it also one of the best series ever. It is hilarious and carries some of the greatest one-liners in the history of the television (of which some of those can be find when you scroll down!), features amazing and surprisingly real characters and teaches some very essential life lessons – or at least, to me.
Here, I listed 10 of those life lessons that stay with me, possibly forever:
// Pie is about the best thing in the world
Whether you feel the need to actually date pie or not, “Gilmore Girls” makes you at least consider it. Lorelai and Rory taught me that pie is one of the most versatile foods in the world. You can literally eat it any time. When you feel sad and need to drown your sorrows after a break-up, eat pie. When you got a job, eat pie. When you get married, eat pie. Or just when you feel like eating pie, you eat pie.
// Always follow your dreams
Both Gilmore girls made their dreams come true in the end. Lorelai had always dreamt of starting her own inn and in season 4, this dream finally comes true. Meanwhile, Rory always worked towards her ultimate goal of being a journalist and after getting her bachelor degree at Harvard, she gets a job at Obama’s campaign. We do not know what happens to Rory after the series end and if she is working at the New York Times, like she always wanted, but she did reach her goal.
// Your Mom is your best friend
Having your Mom as (one of) your best friend(s) is awesome. Lorelai and Rory are almost inseparable, telling each other everything and sharing their wardrobes. They accept each other fully and that is just one of the great perks of being best friends with your mom: she is always be around and she will always love you, no matter what.
// Reading is sexy
Although Rory Gilmore is super pretty, her looks were never her main character trait – it was the love of books. With Rory, “Gilmore Girls” proved that the main character in a tv show does not always have to be the most popular girl in high school. More importantly, it proved that I did not have to be the most popular girl in high school. Rory is so, so cool and she is a true bookworm, who would rather spend her evening reading Tolstoy and chatting with her Mom.
// Junkfood is a religion
“Gilmore Girls” preaches junk food. From pizza with extra toppings and cheesy bread (never ever forget the cheesy bread!) and Thai take-out to Luke’s homemade hamburgers and chili fries. Everything that could be filed under “not entirely healthy” is game for Lorelai and Rory – and they make you a believer.
// It is okay to be different
One of the most important things “Gilmore Girls” has taught me while growing up, is that it is okay to be different. Better than okay – it is cool. It is totally cool if you do not want to go out on a Friday night to chill with the hip kids and just want to stay in, binge-watch series and eat junkfood. It is totally cool if you love reading and consider junkfood to be a religion. And it is totally cool to be just you.
// If you jump, I jump Jack
Every once in a whole, you need to take a risk. Perhaps you should not take this advice as literal as Rory does, when Logan tells her to take a little risk and jump off a scaffolding, but the message behind the jump stays the same: dare to step out of your comfort zone every once in a while, you will be surprised to know what can happen because of it.
// Love is worth fighting for
The Gilmore girls had quite an interesting love life over the span of the show, from Rory’s trinity (Dean, Jess, Logan) to Lorelai’s collection of men (but we only want to remember Luke). But no matter in what relationship the girls were, they knew that love is worth fighting for.
// Oy with the poodles already!
“Gilmore Girls” teaches its audience many things, but perhaps the most important lesson is that life is supposed to be fun. Eat pie if you want to, celebrate every holiday there is (even if it is just your personal holiday), read a book, come up with witty comebacks, have a movie-marathon – but most importantly, just be yourself and oy with those poodles already.