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    Meredith Grey Is One Of The Best Characters On TV Right Now And You Can Fight Me

    Seriously – meet me in the parking lot. ⚠️SPOILERS⚠️

    First of all, Ellen Pompeo is a queen. Let's just put that out there right away.

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    “Women don't take care of themselves because they take care of everybody else.”

    – Ellen Pompeo

    Grey's Anatomy has been on the air since 2005 and is currently filming its 17th season. Meredith Grey has been in every. single. episode.

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    As of the date of this post, only two other characters in the show have been in as many episodes as Meredith – Dr. Miranda Bailey and Dr. Richard Webber.

    She's a brilliant winning surgeon who's amazing at her job. Any young female watching the show has an excellent role model for what a successful career can look like for a woman.

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    Not to mention, she's surrounded by an absolute army of badass professional females from start to finish. Cristina, Izzy, Maggie, Amelia, Jo, Bailey, Arizona, Callie, Teddy, Catherine... the list goes on and on!

    While she values her career, she's also unwavering in her compassion for those in need. She literally put her entire career in jeopardy multiple times to protect and help those who aren't being afforded the best opportunities in life.

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    Most recently, she essentially committed insurance fraud when a young girl with cancer couldn't afford treatment because her father was undocumented and couldn't get insurance. While what she did may have been illegal, she was doing it to defy a system with very obvious glaring holes.

    Being Derek Shepherd's love interest from early in the show's history, she was considered half of a TV power couple. However, when the show killed off Derek's character, Meredith only grew and developed EVEN MORE.

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    She showed everyone that she doesn't need a man to have a successful character arc, and honestly – we're here for it.

    Meredith has always intentionally surrounded herself with people who support and challenge her all at the same time. She has helped teach us what to look for in true friendships.

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    And when you're blessed with people like Cristina and Alex in your life, being supported while also being challenged is a given.

    Meredith has been hurt and tested throughout the course of this show more than most TV characters. But she's always been able to come out the other side of these tragedies stronger than before.

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    I don't know about you, but when I'm going through a hard time and watch this show, Meredith makes me feel like I can get through anything.

    While being a confident badass, Meredith also shows us that sometimes you have to let your walls down in life. You can aspire to be the strong, confident, independent Meredith, but you also have to know when it's necessary to be vulnerable.

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    She wouldn't be able to build the relationships she had without getting 'real' with those in her life. The strong aspects of her personality make her a role model, but so do the softer moments. These allow you to see Meredith Grey as a human, not just a character.

    She showed us time and time again that even the most loving of families aren’t perfect and go through their own struggles.

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    Meredith's relationship with her mother was far from perfect before Ellis was even diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Let's be real – families aren't the picture-perfect sitcom tropes we often see on TV and in movies. Meredith showed us how to navigate the tricky waters of mother-daughter conflict, adoption, life as a single parent, and so much more.

    She normalizes doing things to protect your own best interest as opposed to doing what's expected of you.

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    This reminder from Meredith shows us to not just do something to fit in or because society wants you to (see: post-it note marriage). It's ok to march to the beat of your own drum whenever the hell you want. Put yourself first because no one else is going to!

    She knows her own self worth (most of the time), and she's not afraid to vocalize it.

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    People love the "pick me, choose me, love me" moment of Grey's. To the casual fan, it seems like a moment of begging a man to be with her. Truly, she's making a case for their relationship, and when Derek doesn't choose her (right away), she knows he doesn't get to dictate her value. Whether it's fighting for equal pay, career promotions, research opportunities, or relationships, Meredith shows viewers that IT'S GOOD to bet on yourself. It doesn't make you cocky; it makes you right.

    She can be reckless sometimes (which is super freakin' relatable!). She doesn't always make the right decision or the best decision, but she's also going to learn and grow from those moments.

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    TV show characters are often impossibly perfect or idiotically reckless – there's no in between. Which isn't how people work in real life! Meredith as a character shows us how you can be intelligent and mindless, rational and irrational, calculated and reckless, and all of it's ok!

    AND LASTLY, SHE'S JUST AN ABSOLUTE BADASS.

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    Thank you Shonda Rhimes and Ellen Pompeo for giving us this amazing character.

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