12 Life Lessons I Learned from Grey’s Anatomy

So, Grey’s anatomy aired the pilot episode exactly 12 years ago today. I haven’t been watching steady since 2005, BUT I clearly remember watching this first episode live… it was LIT for my eight-year-old self, let me tell you. In order for me to pay tribute to something that’s been in my life for so long, I decided to write about 12 things the show has taught me over the years, whether it’s from a character seeming to outsmart death more times than I can count or a character who wasn’t as lucky (RIP George O’Malley). So, here we go!

  1. You need people. Nobody really wants to be alone and there’s always someone out there waiting for you. Find your person, it doesn’t matter how you find them, just find them and then hold on tight. You need your ride or dies, they need you. Find the Cristina Yang to your Meredith Grey and don’t let go (and if one of you moves to Switzerland… for the love of god, stay in touch.)
  2. It’s ok to put yourself first. Sometimes, whether it’s with a romantic partner or a friend, you need to think yourself and your best interest and they might not like it, but if they’re truly your “person,” they will understand . This comes from my favorite line from the show of ALL TIME from none other than Cristina Yang: “Don’t let what he wants eclipse what you need. He is very dreamy, but he’s not the sun. You are.” PREACH.
  3. Forgive. I know it’s hard, but your life will be so much fuller if you don’t get caught up in the drama and effort of staying mad at someone. Everyone makes mistakes.
  4. Life sucks. It’s hard and it’s messy and it isn’t a guarantee. Live your life while you can. Don’t be scared to take a risk and follow your dreams. Make them happen. Do whatever it takes and don’t let anybody stand in your way.
  5. Karma’s only a bitch if you are. I don’t know what else to say about that one, it seems self explanatory.
  6. Not all people were meant to be in your life. Sometimes you will need to get a toxic person out of your life. You may not like it, you may think they’re your friend, but you have to do what’s best for you. (I kind of said this already but I’ll say it again) If someone isn’t supporting you to go after your goals, they are holding you back. You don’t need that in your life, it’s ok to let them go and keep running towards your future.
  7. Don’t take no for an answer when you know you deserve a yes. 
  8. You can be a woman AND be the boss. Those two things are not mutually exclusive. If you want to be the boss, be the boss. If you want to be the best, be the best. Work hard and show everyone who you are and what you can do.
  9. You can have a family and a powerful and career. This goes along with number eight. Being a working mother is not something to be ashamed of. Show your kids what that looks like, show them that they can be whatever or whoever they want to be.
  10. Love is love no matter what it looks like. 
  11. Be careful when you find love. They may not turn out to be married (#awkward) but you need to make sure you’re not giving pieces of yourself up to be with someone else. If they don’t love you for you, they don’t deserve you. It’s ok to be picky… you should be. Wait for someone who gets you and who supports you fully and who will stand beside you and work with you in every aspect of life. Not someone who puts their needs above yours all the time or who things their opinion is the only one that matters. Find a partner, find your other person, because you can have more than one.
  12. And finally, the most important thing I’ve learned in the past 12 years… STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF. If you’re not happy with you, you won’t be happy at all. If you need to be alone to discover who you are, be alone for a while. If you need to pick up and leave, then leave. Just find yourself AND THEN find that tribe. Find your ride or dies. Love yourself always.

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