“What I look like is not as important as who I am, Bubba.” – Jessie Spano
We all love fall fashion, the scarves, the boots and the cozy sweaters. And, of course, we especially love sloth shirts. However, fashion isn’t all there is to you. Knowing and staying true to who you are will serve you well all year long, regardless of fashion trends.
“Slater: You are a very strange person.
Screech: [flattered] Well, thanks for noticing.”
Screech is weird, but he’s right! It’s important to embrace your individuality. We each have something unique whether it’s a passion for stamp collecting, a strange talent for remembering dates or ability to tell a knock-knock joke at the drop of a hat. Join a new club or step up to lead one you were a part of last year to cultivate and grow those skills.
“Zack’s idea of a good education is sitting between a pretty girl and a smart nerd.” –Jessie Spano
Zack might be a funny loving goof ball but where would we be without Jessie’s insights? She’s right – Zack never saw school as more than a way to fill time between weekends. But at least he know what his priorities are, right? Take the time to write down your three or four top priorities for this school year, or for this business quarter.
“Slater: Hey, mama, wanna have a burger with a real man?
Jessie: Sure, I’ll go find one.”
Don’t settle – not for friends who treat you badly and not for boys who seem to think that a burger at the Max is a good as it gets.
“I have a map of every mall from here to Tijuana.” – Lisa Turtle
Like Lisa, it pays to be prepared. It might be just thinking about what you want from the mall or -gasp- actually studying for that exam but a little foresight never hurt anybody.
“Go to class, learn something.” – Mr. Belding
You gotta show up – to class, to the awkward dorm mixer, to the football game. Making friends in a new environment isn’t easy but you have to put yourself out there. Introduce yourself to a new person a week. And it does get easier with practice.
“So many boys, so little time.” – Kelly Kapowski
Just like Kelly, we all need a little spunk for life. Whether it’s taking on a new project at work, or jumping into an accelerated class, or joining a new club, there is always a new opportunity to put yourself out there and grow. Try taking on a new experience this month. Sign up for a class you’ve been putting off, or talk to someone you’ve been putting off for a while.
“Zack, I am not a matador so take the bull outside.” – Mr. Belding
Mr. Belding always had a quick comeback to the stunts the gang was always trying to pull. Being quick on your feet will help you handle life’s little hiccups with easy and a sense of humor.
“Yeah, ‘I have all these problems and there’s no-one ever there for me. I talk and talk and talk but no-one ever listens.” – Lisa Turtle
Lisa certainly isn’t ever short on words. Despite that, we all have time when we don’t feel heard. It doesn’t hurt to be like Lisa, not afraid to talk about what’s going on with your gang of good friends.
“You know, I’ve finally found out the best thing about high school, once you graduate you don’t have to come back.” – Zack Morris
Enjoy yourself while you can – life doesn’t slow down! Don’t get too focused on what’s next in your life; take time to enjoy where you are now, and make memories that you’ll always look back on.