What I Learned from “How I Met Your Mother”

As everyone that lives outside of a cave, How I Met Your Mother has ended after nine seasons this Monday. And, as a huge fan, I decided to say a few words on the lessons that the Legendary! show has taught me.

I’m going to miss you guys :’)

1. That while love will require at least several sacrifices, you should not sacrifice things you want in a relationship. From the beginning, Ted has been madly in love with Robin, and has even made a pact with her to get married if they were both single by the time they were forty. But Robin didn’t want the things that Ted did: a serious relationship that ended in marriage and children. So they stayed broken up and ended up both being happy (well, until the Mother died, and Robin and Barney got divorced. Did I mention, spoilers?). Love is beautiful, but it isn’t meaningful (at least to me) unless you both want the same things out of the relationship.

2. Challenge Yourself. Those familiar with this famous series is aware of the notorious character named “Barney Stinson”, whose most famous catchphrases are “Challenge Accepted!” and “Legen-WAIT FOR IT…-Dary!” I gotta admit though, the “Challenge Accepted” can be used for real mundane life situations. Barney pushes himself (though I’ll admit I’m disgusted by the goals he makes) to get whatever he wants and he never admits defeat (well, unless you count that time he forfeited his own challenge of getting a girl to sleep with him after he talked like a baby) and he gets what he wants. I use this “catchphrase” every time I want to finish a mountain of homework in less than three hours. And it goes beyond just doing homework or sleeping around. Life is full of challenges and if in order to become confident to do them is to simply say “Challenge Accepted” and then wink at empty space and give yourself a high five, do it!

3.Whatever you do with a camera is forever. Miss Canada Teen Pop Sensation Miss Robin Sparkles knows what I mean. Her shows and her songs were captured with relatively primitive cameras, but they survived long enough for a certain Mr. Stinson to find them and put them up on the Internet. So it really no longer matters where your pictures are or whether or not they’re digital; in this day and age, paper pictures are easily scanned and uploaded, and camera phones are a baby’s toy when it comes to sharing things. And nobody knows that better than the non-teenage Robin; her pranks on-air that she was paid for by Barney ended up being found by her co-workers at World Wide News. This very article may only get one or two views, but that’s just for now.

Ok, so I knew all of these things before. But it’s really nice to have it reinforced.


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