23 Life Lessons We Learned From "Grey's Anatomy"

In honor of the 200th episode of the Shonda Rhimes ABC medical drama on Thursday, Oct. 10, we've looked back on some of the sage advice we've gained from Meredith Grey and Co. through the years. (Beyond that being a mistress gets you a husband and two adorable children.)

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1. Don't be too guarded.

2. You'll never learn if you don't try.

3. Secrets can't be kept forever.

4. Things are not better in moderation.

5. Growing up is inevitable.

6. Don't diss the juju.

7. Everybody needs somebody.

8. Life can be a bitch sometimes.

9. Always expect the unexpected (and relish in it).

10. Never stop dreaming.

11. Check your self-pity at the door.

12. Everyone deserves the truth.

13. Don't be afraid to be afraid.

14. Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans.

15. You never know what lies ahead.

16. If you give people a chance, they may surprise you.

17. Nobody's perfect.

18. When you're overwhelmed, take things one step at a time.

19. Things always work out in the end.

20. There's no love like a parent's love.

21. Your actions don't define you.

22. Change is a necessary evil.

23. All you need is love.

The 200th episode of Grey's Anatomy airs Thursday, Oct. 10, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on ABC.