5.10.16

Things I've Learnt From One Tree Hill.





THINGS I'VE LEARNT FROM ONE TREE HILL.


- SPOILERS - 
please close if you've not watched the whole way through

If you don't have me on twitter, you'll have probably missed my running commentary for the past couple weeks while I've been re-watching One Tree Hill, I've been staying up until 4am on some nights and although I know I'll be regretting it the next day, I just can't seem to stop myself. I've found my happy place recently and that's been with my tv shows - shows I watched throughout my teen years and some new favourites I've found along the way. Whilst most teen dramas are most definitely unrealistic and they all look way too hot to be 16, One Tree Hill has some great life lessons hidden between the storylines of getting married in high school, psycho Derek and being crazy successful by the age of 21. 
I wanted to share some of the things I've learnt after watching one tree hill since the moment I watched my first episode almost 10 years ago, the lessons I'd learnt when I was 16 and the new ones I've learnt at 23. 

LOVE WILL ALWAYS FIND ITS WAY.
I'm re-watching one tree hill for the millionth time and I still get butterflies when Lucas choices Peyton - and yes, I mean both times. He's brooding voice and that look in his eyes. Love always finds it's way in the end, whether it means making sacrifices along the way just like Peyton did when Lucas thought Brooke was the one or the time Haley picked her music tour over her marriage to Nathan, even after all the heartache and thinking that you won't have that moment - it'll find it's way. Sure that moment won't be as romantic as kissing in the rain like Naley but it'll be your love story and you'll love your moment what ever that may be. 

FAMILY IS A POWERFUL THING.
I take great comfort in knowing I'm not alone when it comes to have a dysfunctional family. Hell, mine's probably unicorns and rainbows in comparison, but we have our moments. If I've learnt anything from this show is that families are dysfunctional but the love is always there. Each character has a different family life, none of them whole and I like that it's normal - especially for the younger viewers to feel that. From Mom, Uncle & Son family of Lucas, Karen & Keith, watching the reconciliation between Nathan & Dan Scott before he dies and to see Brooke have her own family and after so much turmoil, to have her parents by her side by the final episode. Family can come from anywhere whether that be your parent, siblings and friends - family can be found in unexpected places. 
EVERY SONG END, IS THAT A REASON NOT TO ENJOY THE MUSIC.
The music in this show has always been my favourite, but this isn't about that. In S3, Ellie quoted this to Peyton and it's stuck with me since, whilst I'm sure you can create your own interpretations of this, it's a reminder that everything eventually ends but should that be the reason we don't enjoy it in the moment it's good? I've taken a lot of life lessons from this show, but enjoying life is something we all need reminding of from time to time. So go out, be brave, take those changes it'll be worth it in the end. 

BEING 16 LOOKS SO EASY.
okay, so maybe 16 isn't so easy in this series...when you consider the time Peyton was drugged at the college party, brooke created a clothing line and let's not forget the fact Naley were married before they were seniors, in the end 16 always looked so much better in Tree Hill. When I was that age I would've done anything for my life to be like theirs at that age, but looking back at 23...I'm completely grateful that I spent my weekends in my bedroom on myspace and shamefully obsessing over high school musical. Being 16 looked fun with the parties at the beach house, spending weekends in hotels with friends for basketball games but maybe having the quiet life was better for the average teenager.

WE'RE ALL A LITTLE TROUBLE BUT EVERYONE'S CAPABLE OF CHANGE.
Okay, so maybe not everyone's Dan Scott - but if you didn't cry at his final episode, then how the hell not? Maybe it's a little extreme to relate every person's bad moment back to Dan Scott, Nathan Scott however - if you consider the vast change from season one to nine, the selfish teenager with only himself to think about to the family man who always put Haley, Jamie & Lydia first. Whilst I'd always obsessed over Lucas - this time round I realised how much Nathan grew as a person & I'm 100% in love with him.

YOUR ART MATTER, IT'S WHAT GOT ME HERE.
Whatever that art might be, it matters. Whether those be doodles or the words that your write. Just like Peyton's art work got Lucas to the Ravens; your art matters, it makes you - you and it always helps the people around you. A persons creativity can be another person's greatest motivation, watching others build and the rewards from what they make - blog's are a huge example here - I'm always motivation to build mine to a similar place. 
It's been a couple weeks since I finished One Tree Hill and I'm still searching for a new series to fill that void.  I've slowly begun re-watching Gilmore Girls again, as I want to watch it all before Nov 25. But I'm very intrigued to watch Grey's Anatomy too. So please, any TV show suggestions let me know? A few weeks back I also shared a list of my favourite tv shows here incase you're looking for new ones to watch too!
ps. thanks little fickle for the post idea!
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