5 shows that taught us more then we knew.

Screen shot 2014-08-17 at 1.58.13 PM1. Boy Meets World. Boy Meets World taught us that although the world is in front of you, it’s not always within your reach. Growing up is about the obstacles, painful lessons and countless up and down’s that will one day help you find your place in the world. Life is a crazy place to navigate without the people who will get you through, proving that love and friendship can endure anything. Your path is paved by the things that scare you, work against you, challenge you. Maybe you’ll never know who you are, or the place you fit in the world. But as long as you do good, you’ll do great.

2. Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Sabrina taught us the honest hardships of being a teenager. There is a sense of freedom that comes with not caring about what others think and although the sincere smiles are as equal as the heartbreaking frowns, to know every emotion means you know every way to get through. Not everyone is going to like you, not everyone is going to appreciate who you really are, but find the people who do and never let them go. Find your mistakes and make them right. Find your flaws and make them shine. Find your path and make it happen.

3. Saved By The Bell.  Saved By The Bell never held back in teaching us the power of friendship. Growing up is hard and regardless of the pain relationships can cause, life would be a lot lonelier without them. Look at your friends, whether they’re short, tall, male, female, a dork, a jock, a trouble maker. Someone’s exterior will never change who they are inside and how they feel about you. Friendship is about diversity and breaking limits. Let others make judgment. Let them guess who you are. Only your true friends will know and only your true friends will care enough to find out.

4. Lizzie McGuire. Lizzie McGuire taught us the unhappiness that comes with living life, pretending to be someone you’re not. Embrace your flaws and the people who accept them. Believe in yourself and the strength of your voice. Lizzie McGuire taught us that growing up is inevitable but life is about the day you finally understand. You’ll understand why friendships were broken, why relationships failed, why your parents were strict. You’ll laugh at the pointless fights you fought, the awkward things you said, the times gravity worked against you. One day you’ll understand that the things that happened to you; aren’t what make you, you.

5. Full House. Full House taught us that family is beyond a mom and dad. There is love in different households that we have only now began to accept. Unconventional doesn’t mean broken just like blood doesn’t imply a bond. Full House taught us that relationships are about sacrifice but in return you will go to bed, with your heart filled with happiness. You’ll close your eyes knowing tomorrow you can once again endure that madness, that makes it worth it.

simply an illusion.

Screen shot 2014-08-17 at 10.17.14 PMThey tell you to discover yourself. They tell you to find the true meaning of life, the reason behind your being, but it’s all downhill from there. Once you dissect the bigger picture, hold awareness for the danger, the true pain life sets us up for; it’s hard to go back. It’s hard to live the same. You realize purpose is simply an illusion. There is no purpose like there is no promise. There is no finish line beyond the struggles; there is no sense of pride that death can’t concur. It’s time you find reason. It’s time you start living, ’cause once you start looking for death, you will never find life.

just another guy.

Girls will meet you. They’ll shake your hand, learn your name and catch a glimpse of your smile.

But they’ll never know the comfort I get, when my hand is interlocked in yours. They’ll never know the places we’ve been or the stories we’ve told, all while never letting go.

They’ll never know the times I called your name, laughing and yelling as I surrendered to your tickle match. They’ll never know the pain behind the times I dialed your phone, drunk and vulnerable at two a.m.

They’ll never love your smile like I do. Embracing every chance to make you happy. They’ll never hear the jokes you mutter, from your half amused smirk.

To her, you are just another handshake. Another name, another smile.

To her, you are just another guy.

you feel different.

Screen shot 2014-08-17 at 10.47.15 PMYou have personality traits you struggle to find in other people. Your witty comments surface as arrogance, leaving others to make false judgment. You have a constant sense of awareness, always keeping tabs on your surroundings and the crowd within it. You can find the escape route, the worst-case scenario or the most convincible reason to leave any situation.

You live in your mind so you’re aware of every word, every breath, every thought that plays pong on the walls of your brain. You fixate over the few things that interest you and are forced to battle the daily struggle of self-betterment. You have a sense of frustration for people whose qualities clash with yours. You lack patience. You lack restraint. You feel different because you are, and how exhausting it is to keep being misunderstood.

this time could be different.

Screen shot 2014-08-18 at 10.29.11 PMYou wait for someone to come into your life and tell you you’re perfect. Tell you they can’t live without you; you’re always on their mind. But when those feelings are foreign and you hear them with a meaningless ring, you panic.

You can’t believe someone’s pushing your hair back to better look into your eyes. You can’t believe they’re holding your hand, despite your nail biting habit and horribly dry skin. You can’t believe they sacrificed their Saturday night to find the shiny pieces of your shattered self. You can’t believe it, so you don’t. You run from the possibility that this time could be different.

the people around you.

You don’t want to breakdown because you don’t want to challenge the people around you. You don’t want to see who would be there; you just want to believe they would all be.

You may mean the world to them, but no one’s life stops when yours does. You want them to push you, comfort you, convince you there’s good you can’t see. Maybe they can’t keep telling you things will be okay. They can’t call every lunchtime or skip every dinner. They can’t give you expectations that they’ll always be there because sometimes they won’t be. Sometimes your call will go unanswered. Your mind will be left to wander. You don’t want to breakdown because you know; sometimes the idea of someone has to be enough.

missing what’s ended.

Nostalgia is a dark future for the past once shined so bright. It’s wishing for the problems you once suffered. Wishing for the hope you once had. It’s missing what’s ended, a sweeping of memories, a reflection in muddy water for it’s not always the truth.

Nostalgia is a slipcover over a discarded couch. The deception of a masquerade mask. The oblivion of a Kindergartener’s journal entry. Things are never what they seem. They’re mislead, unreliable, everything you think you want. You’re nostalgic for the times you spent waiting for right now and in years; you’ll be nostalgic for the good you’re letting yourself miss.

the mess you are.

You’re scared of the people who are going to let you down, kill your dreams and cause you pain. You’re scared of real emotions. The weight of heartache and the misery we must tolerate when we can no longer find sense. You cheat yourself from life because you’re convinced reality is worth hiding from. Reality is no more then a fire we can’t put out.

This proves you know so little. You’re a coward hoping to numb rejection. Hoping to feel no more then the sting of a paper cut. There are amazingly painful emotions we must learn to survive. You need to get out of your own way, out of your own mind and see you’re not alone. You’re surrounded by people who bleed red, whose hands shake, whose voices are laced with fear. Embrace the mess you are and the madness in your head. Be so excited you’re scared and so scared you’re excited. Be so afraid your vision blurs and all you see is pain worth feeling.

comapny we think we want.

Screen shot 2014-08-18 at 10.32.17 PMOne day you’ll meet someone and they’ll numb you like a drug. You won’t feel real emotion – but life won’t seem so dark. Time will pass. You’ll fixate on your twisted thoughts and the person who compliments them. You’ll watch them destroy your dreams to build their own. You’ll believe something so bad is something you’ve always wanted.

Sometimes when we stay with people, it’s an addiction anchoring us to the company we think we want. We hate to accept that there are people out there who aren’t good for us. People who encourage bad habits and distort right from wrong. We feel so toxic to ourselves; we can’t believe being with someone could be worse then being alone.

the friends in forever.

Everyone knows what it’s like to be alone. Whether it’s for hours, weeks, months. You know the sound of ringing in your ears. The feeling of wind across your back. The heavy fear of being a burden. Your phonebook has never looked so empty. Your clock has never changed so slow.

You reach a point where you realize, no matter how many people you go home to, no matter how many times you hear I love you in a day, you’re by yourself with your actions by your side.

Sometimes the friends in forever get lost along the way. Some are here for a good time. Some are here for a long time. Some are here at the wrong time. So, don’t take people for granted. Don’t let solitude be a safe bet. Don’t try to decide if it hurts more to let them in or keep them out.