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17 Life Lessons We Can Learn From "Girl Meets World"

"Girl Meets World" just like it predecessor "Boy Meets World" is an incredible sitcom that is jam packed with life lessons. Here are just a few of them:

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1. Friends talk to each other but real friends listen

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In "Girl Meets Boy," Riley, Maya, Farkle and Lucas put down their phones for an assignment about learning to communicate with each other. We learn that your real friends are the ones who listen and truly care about you, not those who you are only connected to through your phone.

2. Be honest, but not at the expense of someone's feelings

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In "Girl Meets the Truth," Cory is overtly honest about chicken that Topanga cooked poorly. He isn't kind to Topanga about it and makes multiple passive aggressive comments which cause him to get kicked out of the house. We learn that it's important to be truthful but there is a way to show appreciation without being hurtful.

3. Popularity isn't everything

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In "Girl Meets Popular," Riley changes her identity when she quickly becomes popular with Farkle and his nerdy friends. She loses sight of why she became that way in the first place and we learn from her that it is important to be true to yourself and that the quality of friendships is much more important than the quantity.

4. Be appreciative

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In "Girl Meets the Forgotten," Riley and Maya realize what it's like to work hard and not be thanked. In this episode we learn to be thankful for those around you who make your life a little bit easier, especially your friends and family.

5. We all have flaws

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In "Girl Meets Flaws," Farkle gets bullied and quickly becomes insecure about what he once loved about himself. We learn that instead of putting eachother down for our flaws, we need to own what makes us different and be proud of those differences.

6. We are not the center of the universe

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In "Girl Meets Gravity," Riley and Maya think the world revolves around them and get quickly offended when the attention of their new teacher gets focused elsewhere. We learn that it's easy to think your own problems are the most important but it takes mindfulness to never take the people in your life for granted.

7. Don't rush into things

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In "Girl Meets the New World," Riley feels pressured by her classmates to be Lucas' girlfriend after their first date. We learn that everyone goes through life at a different pace. You should trust your own decisions based on when you are ready to make them and not based on what other people want.

8. People change people

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In "Girl Meets the Secret of Life," we learn that Lucas had a troubled past and that by moving to New York he has changed for the better because of the friends he has surrounded himself with. People change people, and it's those who care about you most will help you to grow.

9. Don't give up hope

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In "Girl Meets Pluto," Riley learns that Pluto is no longer a planet yet she still has hope that one day it will be agian. Maya gives up hope that Shawn will continue to be a father figure for her when she sees that his past may be holding him back from fulfilling that role. Riley's faith in Pluto shows Maya that keeping hope alive isn't just "for suckers". We learn that keeping hope alive is important even when what you hope for may feel impossible at the time.

10. Friendships are more important than being right

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In "Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels," Riley and Maya get into a fight because Riley didn't defend Maya when Lucas made a hurtful yet true statement about her. Through Eric's guidance in helping Riley and Maya get through their fight, we learn that choosing loyalty is more important than the need to be right.

11. Learn from your past, but don't hold onto it for too long

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In "Girl Meets Hurricane," Shawn is visited by Angela who is currently married. Knowing Angela has moved on, Shawn realizes that their love story is officially over. We learn that the past helps to shape who you are today and it prepares you for what is to come in the future.

12. Stand up for what you believe in, even when the odds are against you

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In "Girl Meets Mr. Squirrels," Eric is chosen to run against the current Senator for office with the intention that Eric would lose. When Eric finds out about this, he feels defeated. Through the encouragement of Riley and Maya he views this as a challenge to overcome instead of something that will hold him back and we learn that what seems impossible may not be so.

13. Find something that inspires you and fight for it

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In "Girl Meets Creativity," the art, music and theater classes are about to get cut from John Quincy Adams Middle School. Art class is Maya's true passion and she feels defeated when it is taken away. We learn that it is worth it to fight for something that you are passionate about and truly believe in, because the result may surprise you.

14. Let your actions define you

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In "Girl Meets I Am Farkle," Farkle is afraid to be judged based on a pending diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome. Through the process of his testing and learning about what his diagnosis may entail, we learn that no label can define your true character, but it is your actions that show who you really are.

15. You are unique, and no one can take that away from you

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In "Girl Meets Rileytown," Riley gets continuously made fun of through messages sent to her cell phone. She eventually breaks down crying due to the build up of her hidden emotions. When she is able to realize that what she is being bullied about is what makes her unique, she confronts her bully and becomes stronger because of it.

16. Don't accept failure

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In "Girl Meets Rah Rah," Riley yet again tries out for the cheerleading team despite her friends and family warning her against it to protect her feelings. We learn that in order to succeed you must view your obstacles as stepping stones opposed to failures and that you can't ever get what you want if you stop trying.

17. Forgiveness isn't easy, but it starts with forgiving yourself

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In "Girl Meets the Forgiveness Project," Cory gives an assignment to pick someone in your life to forgive. Maya takes this as an opportunity to reach out to her estranged father and to try and forgive him for leaving her and Katy. We learn that forgiveness takes time and may not always be possible, but when you let your guard down you can begin to forgive yourself.

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