1. When Ted finally meets Tracy.
And we see how everything that Ted went through — being jilted by Stella, getting that job at Columbia, meeting Cindy, running into her on the train and getting her roommate to perform at the wedding, losing and finding the yellow umbrella — led to this moment.
2. When getting dumped at the altar turns out to be a good thing.
Proving that the worst, most heartbreaking thing to happen to you could actually be leading up to something wonderful.
3. When Barney and Robin break up.
Robin and Barney’s relationship trajectory in general shows that breaking up isn’t always a tragic thing.
5. When Tracy laughs at Ted’s “shellfish” joke.
When Ted goes on a blind date with a woman who hates all of his quirks, he realizes that he wants to be with someone who loves his quirks rather than tolerating them. Like Tracy, who laughs with him because she’s dorky too!
8. When Ted finds Robin’s locket.
Because if you love someone, you’re always there for them. “If you’re looking for the word that means caring for someone beyond all rationality and wanting them to have everything they want no matter how much it destroys you, it’s love! And when you love someone, you just don’t stop. Ever. Even when people roll their eyes, or call you crazy, even then, especially then!”
11. When Lily leaves Marshall, and then comes back.
Not every love story has a happy ending. But it’s OK, because “sometimes things have to fall apart to make way for better things.”
12. When Marshall and Lily wear matching Halloween costumes and/or sweaters.
Because they support each other in both serious and silly ways. “Some couples always support each other, and some couples always challenge each other. But is one really better than the other? Yes. Support is better. Way better.”
16. When Ted shows up to Robin’s doorstep with a blue French horn, 24 years after the first time.
Showing us that destiny guides us in irrational, unpredictable ways. Also, no matter what happens, it’s never impossible to reunite with an ex!
17. When the place where Ted experiences his lowest moment…
Ted takes a random girl he met at the hotel to a romantic lighthouse and has a terrible time. Robin is marrying Barney. He’s given up all hope of finding love. He throws up. Life is grim.
18. When the fact that it took Ted so long to find Tracy just makes him appreciate her even more, until the very end.
“It was at times a long, difficult road. But I’m glad it was long and difficult, because if I hadn’t gone through hell to get there, the lesson might not have been as clear. You see, kids, right from the moment I met your mom I knew, I have to love this women as much as I can and as long as I can and I can never stop loving her, not even for a second. I carried that lesson through every stupid fight we ever had, every 5 a.m. Christmas morning, every sleepy Sunday afternoon, every speed bump, every pang of jealousy or boredom or uncertainty that came our way. I carried that lesson with me.”
19. When Ted has the life he always wanted with Tracy.
Proving that you should always wait for, it. Seriously, wait for it. Because you never know when you’re going to meet someone who “hits the reset button on the world, who makes everything new again, who makes it seem ridiculous that you ever considered settling.” And that’s pretty legendary.
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