The United States Army had a television series, “The Big Picture” that ran from 1950 to 1975. This one shows the activities just prior to and including D-Day. It shows the movements of American troops to assembly areas at the various ports of embarkation. 

Video: “The Big Picture,” D-Day Convoy to Normandy National Archives Identifier 2569483. 

Today, I’m ditching my Sunday Currently series to open up a new segment on my blog called ‘The Big Picture’, where I will be sharing some of the movies, books, and series I have enjoyed (and also a few memorable captures) while throwing in short lessons –and, ‘experiences’– it provided me. Basically this is a segment I created to reach out to readers and passerbys alike, that I may be able to share with them a few things worth noting, and that it will help them in whatever they are worrying about right now. The lessons that I will be sharing are not entirely limited to those applicable to my life; as you scroll down you may actually notice how random and universal the bulleted points are. I just compiled all the lessons that the featured series has provided (or so i think) and wrote it down for everyone to read, so that we could be able to see things in different perspectives.

I got inspired by all these “20 things I learned from…” articles scattered all around Facebook, so I ended up rewatching a few series and jotting down my thoughts and a few quotations from every episode!

And of course I’m starting this blog segment off with one of my all-time favorite series!

💌 Life Lessons

Volume 1

From How I Met Your Mother Season 1

• Your love story should be legendary. One worth telling your kids about. (“Pilot”)
• Don’t think about getting married ‘til you’re thirty. (“Pilot”)
• Sometimes, it’s up to the both of you to make your own perfect balance. (“Pilot”)
• You can’t tell a woman you just met that you love her. (“Pilot”)
• “Sometimes we’re just too close to the puzzle to see the picture that was forming.” (“Pilot”)
• Don’t wait for the signal, or the right moment. Just kiss them. (“Pilot”)
• Don’t try to be casual if you know you can’t. (“Purple Giraffe”)
• Love’s a game. You can’t just fast forward to the end, you need to keep playing 'til you get there. (“Purple Giraffe”)
• There is no such thing as an off switch. (“Purple Giraffe”)
• You’ll never remember the nights you stayed in to write a 25-page paper. Just go get that beer, or that plane ticket. (“Purple Giraffe”, “Sweet Taste of Liberty”)
• No matter how big of a city you are in, there is always a chance of finding the love of your life. For starters, play the “Have You Met” game. (“Purple Giraffe”)
• Sometimes we just need a night away from our routines. (“Sweet Taste of Liberty”)
• Don’t live your whole life on a seatbelt. Go have an adventure. (“Sweet Taste of Liberty”)
• Pursue happiness, not sit around and wait for happiness. (“Sweet Taste of Liberty”)
• Sometimes you’ll never go where you thought you wanted to go, but most often than not, you get a good story out of it. (“Sweet Taste of Liberty”)
• Only one of your love stories will end in 'happily ever after’. The rest end with someone getting hurt. (“Return of the Shirt”)
• You need to have important and mature conversations, it’s part of growing up. (“Return of the Shirt”)
• Things you may not have liked before, you may end up liking later on. (“Return of the Shirt”)
• Establish second impressions. It makes you see things in another perspective. (“Return of the Shirt”)
• You have a much bigger chance in winning the lottery than finding “the one.” (“Return of the Shirt”)
• There is no pleasant way of breaking up with someone, but always have the decency to do it in person. (“Return of the Shirt”)
• It’s not true that you cannot go backwards and that you can only move forward. You can go wherever you want. The question is, where do you wanna go? (“Okay Awesome”)
• “The problem is, I can’t do any of that couple stuff unless I have someone to do it with, and the only way I’m going to find that someone is by going out and doing stupid single stuff.” Yep. It’s inevitable. (Okay Awesome”)
• Always invite your best friends to events, even if you know they can’t make it. “Man, when I find her, we’re gonna have some badass wine tasting.” (“Okay Awesome”)
• Meet someone half way, or else you’re gonna lose them. (“Slutty Pumpkin”)
• The sweet parts of a relationship may be the dumbest thing on the outside, but it’s the greatest thing when you’re a part of it. (“Slutty Pumpkin”)
• Someday you’re going to meet someone that will make you want to look like a complete idiot. (“Slutty Pumpkin”)
• It’ll happen, just wait for it. Sitting on a comfortable spot at 2 in the morning may not make it happen, but it wouldn’t hurt. (Slutty Pumpkin”)
• Love is not a science. (“Matchmaker”)
• Sometimes in life, you just have to accept that certain things can’t be explained, and that’s kinda scary. (“Matchmaker”)
• You can’t calculate a feeling. If you fall in love with someone, an 8.5 becomes a 10. (“Matchmaker”)
• Sometimes you want things not to change, but that’s not the way life works. (“The Duel”)
• It takes longer than five minutes to really get to know someone. (“The Duel”)
• Don’t give up on people easily. You might miss out on something right. (“The Duel”)
• “Life is full of changes, but the important stuff doesn’t really change.” (“The Duel,”)
• Go into a marriage with no baggage from your single life. Start fresh, starting from getting a new place together. (“The Duel”)
• “Life has plenty of good parts, it’s the rough patches that make you happy you have people to share it with.” Friends are there to keep you sane. (“Belly Full of Turkey”)
• Nothing good ever comes out of turning your brain off for a night. All you’re going to be left with is a bad hangover, a sprained ankle, an unfamiliar girl in your bed and in rare cases, a pineapple.” (“The Pineapple Incident,”)
• If you don’t care what someone thinks, you wouldn’t hide something from them. (“The Pineapple Incident”)
• Don’t spend your life chasing something magical. It doesn’t exist, or rather, it doesn’t compare to the picture we have in our heads. (“The Limo”)
• You always need a Get Psyched mixtape, and it should be all rise. (“The Limo”)
• Sometimes you’ll think you’re chasing something down, all to find out it’s just right next to you. (“The Limo”)
• Not every night will have a happy ending. (“The Limo”)
• When going to events, always check “Plus One.” You’ll never know who you’ll have in a few months’ time. (“The Wedding”)
• “Relationships are hard work. But at some level, it just has to be easy. If it’s not like that, then they’re not the one.” (“The Wedding”)
• If you’re bringing the girl of your dreams on a date, plan in advance. (“The Wedding”)
• Life doesn’t happen how you plan it to be; it happens how it’s planned to be. “So there we were, two single guys doing our usual single guy thing. For whatever reason, I had let myself believe that this night would be a turning point. That this would be the night my life – my real life – begins. Funny thing is, I wasn’t totally wrong. Because that night, is just beginning.” (“The Wedding”)
• “In life there are a lot of big romantic moments, and they make life worth living. But here’s the problem, moments pass. And lurking just around the corner from those moments, is the cruel, unshaven bastard name reality.” Sometimes, reality is the enemy. (“Drumroll, please”)
• Things happen or people come into your life when you least expect it. (“Drumroll, please”)
• Sometimes, in fear of destroying the perfect image that’s painted in your head, you just let the moment pass. Don’t. You’ll be left wondering “what if.” (“Drumroll, Please”)
• “The best part of any first kiss is the lead up to it. The moment right before the lips touch. It’s like a big drumroll.” True.
• Happiness is really not that difficult to achieve. (“Drumroll, Please”)
• “When you meet someone special, suddenly life is full of firsts.” There will be a moment in your relationship when you’ll feel like you’ve ran out of firsts, but no matter how long the relationship is, there are still firsts. (“Zip, Zip, Zip”))
• Sometimes you just have to 'suit up’. (“Zip, Zip, Zip”)
• “Just because her life went one way and your life another, doesn’t make your life any worse.” (“Game Night”)
• “We spend so much effort trying to keep parts of our lives hidden, even from our closest friends. But those rare times when we do open up, it’s amazing how minor those secrets all end up seeming.” It’s okay to open up to your friends. They’re there for that reason. (“Game Night”)
• “When it comes to love, the best relationships are the ones that just come naturally.” (“Cupcake”)
• Long distance relationships suck. (“Cupcake”)
• “It’s like I’m trying to preserve something that’s already gone.” It’s better to face it and move on than try to force something that isn’t meant to be. (“Life Among The Gorillas”)
• “But there are a few things that are still worth preserving. You just have to draw the thin line and decide which ones to preserve abd which ones not to.” (“Life Among The Gorillas”)
• “We struggle so hard to hold on to these things that we know are going to disappear eventually, and that’s really noble.” But sometimes, you don’t have to be noble. Sometimes, you have to save yourself from the heartbreak. (“Life Among The Gorillas”)
• Nothing good ever happens after 2 AM, but at rare times, some epic ones do. (“Nothing Good Ever Happens After 2AM”)
• Don’t have a relationship built on a lie. (“Nothing Good Ever Happens After 2AM”)
• Don’t judge someone based on their profession. (“Mary the Paralegal”)
• You probably wouldn’t do the experiences you’ve set out for yourself when you were in high school. Don’t get disappointed, it’s okay. (“Best Prom Ever”)
• Sometimes, “I miss you” is enough to end a fight. (“Best Prom Ever”, “How Lily Stole Xmas”)
• Marriage is big. You’re allowed to freak out. (“Milk”)
• Sometimes, even when you know something is a mistake, you gotta make it any way. Even really, really dumb mistakes. So that in a few years, you can look back and say to yourself, “wow, that was a mistake.” (“Milk”)
• If you’re stuck between meeting a soulmate and being with the one you presently love, what will you pick? (“Milk”)
• “Don’t piss off the universe. The universe will slap you.” (“Come On”)
• You have your awesome years ahead of you, don’t waste it on some boy (or girl). (“Come On”)
• “I know this isn’t going to work, but it has to.” Choice. Life, and love, is a choice. (“Come On”)
• In just one night, everything can change. Scary.(“Come On”)

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