Today is the day. Today is the much anticipated release of the additional season of a television series that proved how impactful fictional characters can be in our lives, and how much stories can touch our hearts. At the cessation of the seven seasons of Gilmore Girls, we were left with cliffhangers, puzzle pieces unplaced, only to find solace in scenarios that we crafted in our imaginations.
Rory didn’t end up with Logan…right? Lorelai and Luke had it figured out…probably? Rory safely traveled the world and found out who she was….I think? As I waited for the sand in the timeglass to signal the Netflix premiere of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, I reflected upon my fondest life lessons learned from everyone’s favorite small town residents, the Gilmore Girls (and friends).
Lesson one: There is something magical about the first snow of the season. The feeling of walking through a snow globe is incomparable (Season 1, episode 8 Lorelai enjoys the first snow of the season).
Lesson two: When our loved ones are hurt, we find out the most about ourselves and how strong our loved ones make us (Season 1, episode 10 Emily tells Richard she has to die first).
Lesson three: Sometimes, the person we can’t stand….well, we may just feel threatened by them. Letting our guard down opens doors to new friendships (Season 1, episode 12 Paris and Rory attend a Bengals concert with Madison and Louise, and find they are more alike than they thought).
Lesson four: Sure, we fight with our parents from time to time, but they are always our greatest supporters (Season 2, episode 21 Richard and Emily attend Lorelai’s graduation).
Lesson five: Small talk can be hard at any age. Oy with the poodles already! (Season 2, episode 22 Lorelai comes up with a new catch phrase at Friday night dinner).
Lesson six: That obsessive nagging feeling we’ve all had is our subconscious telling us to act on something. Whether it be dressing a certain way, trying something new, or being in love with someone who isn’t your boyfriend *cough cough Rory cough cough*, it’s less uncomfortable to acknowledge those feelings than to have Dean break up with Rory at the Stars Hollow 24-hour dance marathon… (Season 3, episode 7 Dean points out to Rory and Jess that they have feelings for one another).
Lesson seven: Rejection can be devastating, especially when it comes at the cost of a personal victory. It’s normal to be upset when rejection occurs. It is how we reevaluate and react that shows the kind of person we are (Season 3, episode 16 Paris breaks down after not getting accepted to Harvard).
Lesson eight: When things go wrong, perspective feels unattainable. Not sweating the small stuff makes life easier…and provides better stories (Season 3, episode 20 Lorelai sings to Rory).
Lesson nine: Never forget where you came from and the people who inspired you along the way (Season 3, episode 22 Rory Graduated Chilton).
Lesson ten: It is ok to give your heart and later change your mind when things don’t turn out how you imagined. It doesn’t make you a lesser person (Season 4, episode 21 Jess visits Rory at Yale and tells her to run away with him).
Lesson eleven: You will never know if something is feasible unless you put yourself out there wholeheartedly (Season 5, episode 3 Luke tells Lorelai that he’s ‘all in’).
Lesson twelve: Don’t let people who are irrelevant negatively affect you, they’re just noise (Season 6, episode 5 Mitchum told Rory she didn’t have it).
Lesson thirteen: It is never too late to take control of your life and make amends (Season 6, episode 18 Jess wrote a book and reconnects with Rory).
Lesson fourteen: Spontaneity keeps us alive, but always consult someone who knows you best before making extreme life choices (Season 7, episode 7 Chris and Lorelai elope in Paris).
Lesson fifteen: Always go the extra mile for those you love (Season 7, episode 22 Luke sews the tents and tarps for Rory’s going away party).
Thanks to Netflix and Amy Sherman Palladino, we get to learn a few more lessons back in Stars Hallow. Tune in to the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls, and check back next week for another Secret of SoCal.