Yes, I am currently watching Parks and Recreation for the gazillionth time. And, yes, every time I do I realise that my love for this series has no boundaries, and it even grows with every episode if ever that was still possible. But, honestly, there is far more to Leslie Knope and her co-workers than meets the eye, because, wow, did I pick some stuff up about life from them. Which stuff? I'll sum it up for you!
1. NEVER GIVE UP.
Whether you look at Leslie, dreaming of finally building that park in Lot 48 and never giving up on that (and although it's not shown in the series; I'm pretty sure she'd have become the first female President of the USA, as well), or Tom Haverford, screwing up (ridiculous) business idea after business idea, but always getting back up again: the whole 'be a total badass and keep following your dreams no matter how many obstacles you need to overcome or how hard you have to work for it' - thing is definitely the biggest theme in Parks and Recreation. Or as Jean Ralphio would say: "When life gives you lemons, you sell some of your Grandma's jewellery and you go clubbing." No, wait... Scratch that. Never give up, make lemonade!
2. IT IS A DOWNRIGHT SHAME THAT IN REAL LIFE, THERE ARE NO CAMERAS TO STARE INTO.
A. Downright. Shame.
3. DON'T OVERTHINK THINGS.
Do something you've always wanted to do, regardless of the chance it may be stupid. Buy the thing, kiss that guy, go on that trip,... And if it wasn't the right thing to do, there's always time to make up for it. Andy and April are champions when it comes to this particular topic, teaching us that it's okay to follow your gut and that you should definitely have fun whenever you can.
4. TREAT YO' SELF.
For as many times as you can, but at least once a year, people. So go ahead, take out your planners and highlight this day as boldly and brightly as you can: October, 13th.
It's a date.
5. NEVER HALF-ASS TWO THINGS, WHOLE-ASS ONE THING.
Nuff said. Ron Swanson gold, right there.
6. REAL LOVE EXISTS AND I WOULD LIKE SOME.
I mean, give me it already? Leslie and Ben, Andy and April, Ron and Diane,... They just about restore my faith in this world every darn time.
7. BE YOUR OWN BIGGEST SUPPORTER.
I know we can all do this if we just put our minds to it. I know it's hard, believe me, but believing in yourself is pretty much the first step towards just about anything you want to accomplish, isn't it?
8. THEY CAN'T CANCEL GAME OF THRONES.
Damn right, Ben. Damn. Right.
9. BREAKFAST FOOD IS THE BEST FOOD.
"There has never been a sadness that can't be cured by breakfast food." Another Swanson life lesson for ya, right there.
10. THERE'S NOTHING AS IMPORTANT IN LIFE AS FRIENDSHIP.
Celebrate it, acknowledge it (tell your friends they're powerful musk-oxen or beautiful tropical fish, for example) and always put your friends first. Or at least right after waffles, but definitely before work.
Now, excuse me while I go finish season 5, while being totally torn up between the desire to just binge-watch all of it, and the fear of it being over all too quickly once again.
Q: Have you seen Parks and Rec? Thoughts?