How I Met Your Mother is one of my all time favorite TV shows. The characters are easy to relate to, and the episodes are jam-packed with fantastic life lessons. Ted Mosby, the main character, offers some of the best advice throughout the series. Here are a few of the best tips that everyone should mimic:
1. A Ted Mosby understands that timing is everything.
Love often doesn’t work out because it’s not the right time. Maybe you’re starting school, moving away, getting a job, or just don’t fully know yourself yet. Either way, timing can make or break a relationship. Patience is key and is often rewarded with a love that is legend – (wait for it) – dary!
2. A Ted Mosby realizes that everyone makes mistakes.
That person your searching for isn’t going to be a flawless saint, but then again neither are you. You’re going to date the wrong people, say the wrong things, and embarrass yourself time after time. Don’t be so hard on yourself because it happens to everyone. Thankfully, you’ll be getting all of these kinks out of your system before you’re finally introduced to “the one.”
3. A Ted Mosby understands that it is better to love and to have lost than to have never loved at all.
You’ll never have to wonder what could have been if you’re honest about how you feel. The worst thing that can happen is the other person says “no.” This way, you have at least given the other person a chance to reciprocate feelings, and now you can move on to better prospects if need be.
4. A Ted Mosby knows that some things have expiration dates.
Sometimes things have to fall apart so that better things can fall together. In other words, don’t hold onto a dead end because there is no point in prolonging the inevitable. Everything happens for a reason.
5. A Ted Mosby knows better than to keep someone on the “hook” (or be on the hook).
No one likes to be led-on because, well, it’s just not nice. Don’t keep someone emotionally hooked if you have no aspiration of being with them. Also, have the self-respect to get out of a situation if you find yourself on the hook. Don’t wait for someone that only has the intention to waste your time.
6. A Ted Mosby knows to hold out for someone that will love you for your quirks rather than tolerate them.
Your quirks are what make you special. You should celebrate these differences rather than feel criticized for them. A relationship where you can both fall deeper in love with each other because of your quirks will be far more rewarding than one that forces you to feel as if you can’t be yourself.
7. A Ted Mosby will believe in himself even if he has doubts.
Confidence is not something that comes easy for everyone. However, it’s important to remember that if you believe in your dreams and abilities, you can succeed. Sometimes the only thing holding you back is yourself.
8. A Ted Mosby will never give up on love.
Emotional perseverance isn’t always easy, especially when you feel as if the mission is hopeless. Don’t be discouraged by shortcomings though. Just as I said earlier, timing is everything. Even though today might not have been your day, you never know what’s right around the corner.
9. A Ted Mosby isn’t afraid to put himself out there.
Being yourself, giving your all, and putting yourself out there isn’t always an easy thing to do. However, like tip #3, it is always better to try than to automatically take yourself out of the game. Don’t let fear win by being your worst downfall.
10. A Ted Mosby always lives life to the fullest.
Everyday isn’t going to be full of sunshine and smiles, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of it. Be crazy, take chances, and laugh often. Remember, you only have one life to live!
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