We should be taking our lead from the Friends characters and not the irresponsible adverts in between.
A couple of weeks ago, to my absolute joy and my partners horror, I noticed Comedy Central had been added to my Virgin Media Package free of charge.
This could mean only one thing, I could watch the whole Friends box set all over again – I quickly put it on series record.
Now, having a Virgin subscription I very rarely notice an advert these days, generally fast-forwarding through the copious amounts of shizzle they bring.
However, I’d nipped to the kitchen for a drink and left them running. When I came back I noticed it was literally payday loan heaven, or hell as it usually ends up for most.
Advert-after-advert preying on people sat at home with offers of quick cash at the push of a button.
Catalogues, payday loans and basically pretty much every other poor form of credit under the sun, readily available for you if you just ask.
Boiler broke? Get a loan!
Gas bill due? Get a loan!
Can’t afford that new coat without having to save for it? Just order it from a catalogue and pay back twice as much over two years by which point you probably hate the coat anyway!
My blood was boiling, hence this blog post today.
I’m going to show you what I took from the Friends characters, and not the dodgy adverts in between.
What I learned from the Friends characters
It was possibly the best sitcom of all time with such a diverse set of characters. Here we go…
She rocked up after walking out on her husband to be, leaving him at the alter.
She was, well, a spoilt brat. Reliant on daddy’s money, totally incapable of looking after herself.
Yet, with the support of her friends went on somewhat of a journey of self discovery, evolving from spoiled, inexperienced daddy’s girl into a successful business woman.
Now I know in real life not many people go from terrible coffee shop waitress to Ralph Lauren hotshot, however, the message is there.
Get your head down, work hard, make the most of what you have and opportunity will find you.
Monica’s organisation is something to behold – if not a tad psychotic!
She was ultra competitive, obsessive and compulsive which I can totally relate to. I hate to lose and never go into anything not believing I’m going to win – apart from the SHOMOS this year!
That competitive streak served her well in her career, working her way to the top as a head chef.
She had setbacks along the way, but she never let them get in the way of her dreams. Monica had unshakable belief in her own abilities.
Despite being a serial failure as an actor, Joey never gave up on his dream of walking the stage.
His childlike outlook on the world acted as a shield from criticism, something I’m kind of envious of.
Not being able to hear any negative influence allowed him to carry on regardless with his cheery positive demeanor.
Something we could all benefit from when the knives are out to take us down.
Chandler was born into an affluent family, the son of an erotic novelist mother and a gay father who later went on to become the star of a Las Vegas drag show.
He never let it affect his own career aspirations, becoming one of the top earners within his group.
Often reliant on humour to get him out of trouble, I actually see a lot of myself in him – the humour, not the erotic novelist mother and drag queen father, at least as far as I know!
He worked his way to the top, whilst often being estranged from his parents. He never went cap in hand for anything, instead working his way to the summit of his profession.
Ross had a strong determination to succeed, studied paleontology, completed his Ph.D. and got a job at the New York Museum of Prehistoric History.
He loved a wedding and wore his heart on his sleeve in everything he did.
He had an unwilling determination to succeed in his education and always topped his class.
Undeterred by the constant jibes about his ‘Dr’ title, it never swayed him and he stuck true to his beliefs.
Phoebe is, quite frankly, my favourite of the bunch.
Her infectious lust for life and unshakable self confidence are endearing.
Only seeing the world according to Phoebe and never letting anything get in her way, including losing her mum at a young age, living on the streets and having an estranged father and twin sister.
Her massage business may not have brought in millions, however, it didn’t take millions to make Phoebe happy.
The freedom to pick her own hours doing something she loved was enough for her.
We could do with more Phoebe’s in this world.
All in all, the Friends characters all taught me a lot about life and money in their own individual way.
Yes, it was a sitcom, but the messages were there if you look hard enough.
Take your lead from them and ignore the disgraceful adverts attempting to brainwash you in between!
Who was your favourite Friends character and why?
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