It’s hardly a secret that I am obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy. Like, binge-watch every episode five times, obsessed.
So, after finishing every episode, from all 13 seasons, for the umpteenth time— and to celebrate the season 14 premiere— I’ve rounded up 14 life lessons that I’ve learned from Grey’s Anatomy.
Don’t judge me, we all have our vices.
1) Tequila solves everything. You heard it here first.
2) Don’t be afraid to be afraid — In the famous words of Richard Webber, “it’s good to be scared, it means you still have something to lose.”
3) People can change — Just because you do a terrible thing, doesn’t mean you’re a terrible person— or so Izzie Stevens says.
4) If you love them, tell ’em — Cue the heart-wrenching scene when Lexie Grey dies in the plane crash and Mark Sloan is devastated that he didn’t tell her he loved her sooner. I mean, come on (insert ugly cry emoji here).
5) Getting old is inevitable — PSA: The carousel never stops turning. You can’t get off.
6) Everybody needs a “person” — You know, like a, “if I murdered someone, she’s the person I’d call to help me drag the corpse across the living room floor,” kinda person.
7) Life is short — “We’re all going to die. We don’t get much say over how or when, but we do get to decide how we’re gonna live. So, do it.” Chief Webber is so freakin’ wise, y’all.
8) It’s okay to be dark and twisty — We can’t all be rainbows and butterflies, all the time. That doesn’t make us weak, it makes us human.
9) When in doubt, push 1 of epi — Kinda kidding, kinda not. I’m no doctor, but I self-diagnose myself enough to qualify as one.
10) Don’t be scared to try — Remember Mer’s super desperate, but super cute, speech to McDreamy? “Pick me. Choose me. Love me.” You’ll never know, if you don’t try.
11) Surgeons are badass — If you didn’t know, now you know.
12) The future is unknown — Meredith says it best, “But the future is always changing. The future is the home of our deepest fears and our wildest hopes. But one thing is certain: When it finally reveals itself, the future is never the way we imagined it.” Chew on that, friends.
13) We are all flawed. Nobody is perfect, not even Derek Shepherd (yep, I said it).
14) When all else fails, let it go. At some point you just have to let go, move on. No matter how painful it is, it’s the only way we grow.
Who’s watching the season 14 premiere with me tonight? See ya at 8pm PST at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, don’t forget the wine.