This post has been a long time in coming. There are reruns of Boy Meets World on every evening. Watching them reminds me of all the lessons I learned from them.
1. Faithfulness and Loyalty
You won’t see faithfulness like Cory on TV anymore. It seems like no matter what the situation between him and Shawn or Topanga, he stands fast through the whole thing. He believes in them when nobody else does, and his first love is his only love. He is willing to put the work into his relationships and stands with them even when it’s not the easiest thing to do.
2. Its okay to be smart.
Topanga was on the verge of being a major nerd. She strives for perfection in her grades and her life. She is okay with being smart and still takes pride in her appearance. In one episode she even chops her hair off to prove her point. What characters on TV do that now?
3. Where you are from doesn’t define you
An ongoing theme in Boy meets world. Shawn is constantly faced with where he came from. Despite having a rocky family and past, his family, deep down he has a heart of gold and always finds his way back. The older he gets the more his good heart comes out.
4. Drinking isn’t cool
As a kid it’s so easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing. I remember watching Boy Meets World and realizing that drinking doesn’t make you cool and sometimes it can bring out the worst in people. Seeing people I looked up to deciding not to drink was a big influence to not drink.
5. Work for what you want
Chet works as a janitor in one episode. It was his first honest job, and Shawn learns that it doesn’t matter what the job if it’s done to the best of your ability. Constantly the kids are shown coming up for ways to earn what they want. They are seen doing odd jobs, working in the college lounge and even earning their living when they first get married. The parents tell their kids no and later explain that the things earned are always the things that last. Something kids today are sadly lacking.
6. How Classic Literature can still apply
Every so often they put classic literature into a modern form. Sending the characters back in time or allowing them to dream. It catches your attention. I have to admit, I read several books simply because the characters on TV did.
It never fails that Cory is polite. Sometimes that lands him in trouble, like dating a bad boy’s sister and being offered to marry a guy’s daughter for 1 million dollars. It was ingrained into him to treat people with respect and chivalry.
8. Change is scary but good
Everyone in life faces change. A lot of people freak out at it. In one episode Cory is faced with Shawn’s decision not to go to school and Topanga getting into a better college than him. He freaks out, but in the end he realizes that they will be okay. That just because things are changing, doesn’t mean that it’s not a good thing.
9. Premarital Sex is a big decision.
Topanga decides that she is going to wait for marriage to have sex. It’s a very real, lingering issue in several of the episodes. She doesn’t give in just because it’s not the popular belief, or Cory sometimes pushes. She stands up for what she believes and stays true to her morals.
10. Life is tough, get a helmet