My favourite time of the year has arrived. The evenings are darker, the heating is always on and I no longer feel guilty if I spend hours watching my favourite TV show.
I have started watching Grey’s Anatomy again, despite my never-ending heartache over Derek’s death.
Whilst I was sprawled out on the sofa, ugly crying over flashback scenes from the early Seattle Grace days, I realised how much the show has taught me.
It got me thinking about the impact some female fictional characters have had on me throughout the years, so I thought I’d share the most valuable things I’ve learned during my binge-watching sessions.
Let’s start with the one and only Leslie Knope. Parks and Recreation is my favourite comedy series. It introduced me to Aziz Ansari and my 80s Bratpack prince Rob Lowe was in it, so obviously I love it. Leslie’s determination and goofiness warmed my heart. Leslie taught me about the importance of breakfast and introduced me to the glorious Galentine’s Day.
The most important thing Leslie taught me was that work isn’t the most important thing in life, “We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third.”
Up next, queen Emily Gilmore. Look, I know the Gilmore Girls revival was dreadful and I’d like to be ignorant and pretend it never happened, but there was one joyous thing about the four-part series (and I’m not talking about Milo Ventimiglia)
Emily Gilmore’s character development through A Year In The Life filled me with pride. I was distraught when they spoke about Richard passing away, but the way Emily found herself again was so touching. Her journey was inspiring to watch. She showed us that those harrowing, dark days will turn you into a stronger and better version of yourself.
Finally, I would like to mention one of my all-time favourite characters- Cristina Yang.
Yang was the best character on Grey’s Anatomy. Forget about McSteamy and McDreamy, Yang was the true queen of the show. I loved her dry wit, sheer determination and sassy remarks.
The best thing Cristina taught me was to always put myself first. She shared this valuable lesson with viewers during her final episode of the show where she has to dance it out with Meredith for one last time *sobs uncontrollably*
“Don’t let what he wants eclipse what you need. He’s very dreamy but he’s not the sun, you are.” Oh, Yang, how I miss you and your words of wisdom.
When you’re curled up under a dozen duvets, watching Stranger Things at 3am, you may not feel like you’re being productive, but TV shows teach us a lot of important life lessons, like what to do when a demogorgon attacks and how to style your hair like Steve Harrington- it’s seriously inspirational stuff, right?