F.R.I.E.N.D.S, an iconic show that has gifted us years of laughter is definitely a league apart. Way ahead of its time, it is one of the most loved shows till date. If somebody has taught us about the diversities of life, it is undoubtedly Phoebe Buffay. Hands down to her witty quotes and unbelievably ‘hatke’ nature, this character has given us an insight into the lessons that can change the way we live.
Hard core animal lover, child-like, mysterious and spooky in her own way; Well, that’s just Phoebe for you!
From her l-o-o-o-n-g list of ‘life-lessons’, here are the 10 lessons that we need to learn from Phoebe Buffay on an urgent basis.
Hatred is not a solution. Never.
As big-hearted as Phoebe is, she has taught us the power of ‘not-hating’. Not because she is anti-hating people, but because she does not want to put a load on the universe. Whatever her reasons be, she has given us a key to the real happiness.
Follow your passion (P.S: No matter what people say)
A lesson that most of us need to learn ASAP. From singing at the Central Perk Café, or performing to collecting funds for Christmas, she has done it all. And with her experience, it is evident that you might have empty pocket sometimes, but never an empty heart. Just in case your passion isn’t enough to feed your stomach, don’t be afraid to become a masseuse.
F.R.I.E.N.D.S are FOREVER
Phoebe hated when her friends cancelled plans with her for a stupid date or a ‘sex-night’. Her friends were the top notch priority in her life (Well, for the most part of it). This is something we need to start doing too unless we want our friends to be with their boyfriends/girlfriends always. After all, boyfriends and girlfriends come and go, but this is forever.
Trust your instincts
Be it her ‘Phalange’ stories or her old life believes, she never failed to follow her instincts. If you think that a random cat was your mother in the past life, so be it. Do what makes you happy, even if it needs you to change your name to ‘Princess Consuela Banana Hammock’.
5. Hold on to your childhood principles
This may sound like a cake walk at first, but in reality it is so-so-so tough. Tried and tested. Sticking to childhood tales, beliefs, hopes in this harsh world is something we should learn from her. If you still think that Santa exists, you’re on the right track pal.
There’s always some room for quick humor
Even in the most wildest of situations, she managed to burst the bubble of seriousness with her silly jokes. And that is exactly what we need to imbibe in ourselves. After all, no rule book says that crisis should be faced with sad faces.
Its okay to be a little ‘off-beat’
Eccentricity is what describes Phoebe the best. Known as the ‘weird’ one among her friends, she managed to keep her chin high every time. A strange enigmatic aura that surrounded her strangeness made her stand out amidst all the characters.
True love does exist
Like Phoebe said, when lobsters meet, they fall in love and mate for life, you can actually see old lobster couples walking around holding claws. Didn’t you see Rachel and Ross getting together in the end? Phoebe, we owe this ‘oh-so-awesome’ theory entirely to you!
Even if you’re singing to children, it is important to highlight the realities of life. Emotions and feelings are okay, but don’t slog yourself too much. Practicality is one important thing that the ‘Street-Phoebe’ has taught us.
Go that extra mile to help!
Every once in a while she made extra efforts to solve her friends problems. In most of their trivial times, she has stood with them and offered them an opportunity to use her ‘life-saving’ opinions. And not to forget, she even gave birth to her brother’s babies. Such a kind heart, Phoebe!
Comfort first, fashion next
If you need maternity clothes for comfort, don’t worry about it. Even Santa’s pants would work if you’re comfortable. Her boldness streak to carry out different styles is something our bland life needs.
And if all this doesn’t feed your soul, you can always learn to play guitar with her own created technical terms such as bear claw,” “turkey leg” and “old lady” or to sing songs straight from your heart to address the grievances of a cat, just like ‘Smelly Cat.. Smelly Cat.. what are they feeding you.'