Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. And by doing it, they’re proven right. Because, I think there’s something inside of you–and inside of all of us–when we see something and we think, “I think I can do it, I think I can do it. But I’m afraid to.” Bridging that gap, doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that–THAT is what life is. And I think you might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s special. And if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself. Now you know. A mystery is solved. So, I think you should just give it a try. Just inch yourself out of that back line. Step into life. Courage. Risks. Yes. Go. Now.
My heart lit-rally hurts right now thinking about the Parks and Recreation finale. I know that’s silly… It’s a television show. And even though I have gotten emotional during plenty of series finales (don’t even talk to me about The Office, Friends, or Lost), this one is different. I feel like this show is a part of me. Like it aired during the perfect time in my life, taught me things I didn’t know mattered, made me laugh during hard times, and helped me grow. While I can’t even begin to list my favorite episodes, one liners, reoccurring characters, or waffle cameos, I can tell you what I’ve learned from Pawnee.
1. Trust yourself. The answer is in front of you, just trust yourself to make the decision.
2. Work hard, but keep it in perspective. Leslie is a freaking boss but she knows what she needs to keep her going.
3. Listen and be thoughtful. Galentine’s Day. Watch Synchronization Day. Monica & Rachel Day.
4. Being a strong, independent, and passionate woman is something to be incredibly proud of. Almost equally important is to surround yourself with people who celebrate those qualities, not try to bring them down.
5. Defend yourself, but apologize when necessary. I think it’s really beautiful how each person from the group doesn’t take any bullshit. But they always swallow their pride and apologize when they need to.
6. Ovaries before brovaries. Always.
7. Be nice. “Nice” and “band.” That’s it.
8. Challenge the system.
9. Be selfless and always help who you love. Oh god… the scene where everybody volunteers to help with Leslie’s campaign and tells her their titles. SO. MANY. TEARS.
10. When it comes to love, rules be damned. “I care about him very much, and I’ve had 2 ½ glasses of red wine, and what that means is I’m gonna go make out with him right now, and it’s gonna be awesome."
11. There is no shame in being completely, unapologetically, overly excited. I stole all of my excited dance moves from Leslie Knope.
12. Treat yo self. Fine leather goods.
13. Food is great. So is alcohol. Again, no shame. The best scenes always either involved food or everyone being hammered.
14. Know what you’re about, son. Always.
15. Never half ass two things. Whole ass one thing. About a year ago I was in a pretty rough spot and had some serious soul searching to do. I re-watched this episode and everything became totally clear. I made necessary decisions and moved forward, all while Ron Swanson sang this tune in my head.
If anyone is ever feeling lonely and wants to spend some quality time with Amy Poehler, or if you’re just in the mood to have some sunshine in your life, here is a (hopefully) helpful list of clips, interviews, and bits and bobs from YouTube.
The date beside each video is when it was published onto YouTube, not necessarily when it took place. There’s no way this list can include every video clip of Amy ever, but hopefully it is an awesome collection (e.g. I didn’t include all of her SNL skits because the list would go on forever). Feel free to let know if any of the links aren’t working/don’t match up and I will fix it. Enjoy ~