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life lessons that Game of Thrones taught me

I bet all you people who hated Game of Thrones thought that people would stop going on about it when it’d finished? Sorry but nope. I’ll honestly drag it out for as long as I can because I’m empty without the show. The thing I loved about Game of Thrones is that it wasn’t just a show to be taken at face value, there was always more to it than what you see. Or maybe that’s just way my Media-and-Sociology-student-brain works. I digress. Here are the few lessons that the show taught me.

Family is everything

Game of Thrones put a huge emphasis on family and the importance of sticking together. Obviously, some people take this a little too far. Cersei, Jaime and Walder Fray, we’re looking at you. From the start of the season until the end the Stark’s are trying to protect and get back to one another. Being a big family gal myself, I love this sentiment from the show.

Be humble, always

We saw a few people who got too cocky end up losing their lives, ahem Joffrey and Oberyn. It’s okay to be confident in yourself and your abilities but be humble. Often the most modest people make it the furthest in this show like Jon and Samwell. These people have their strengths and they know them but they aren’t all up in your face about it.

Stand by what you believe in

Okay…maybe I should’ve thought about this before adding it in but I’m going to roll with this. Much like Ned Stark’s head rolled around after it was removed from his body. Talking about Ned Stark, he was a man who always stood by what he believed in, even if it cost him his head. Varys was another person who always stayed true to what he believed in.

People will judge you anyway so just do you

One of my favourite pieces of dialogue from Game of Thrones was between Jon and Tyrion when Tyrion told him “Never forget who you are, the rest of the world will not. Wear it like armour and it can never be used to hurt you”. This is possibly one of my favourite lessons from the show. Do you and be fucking proud of who you are, okay?

Perseverance is key

Do you think Arya would have become the badass that she did without letting that bitch with a bob hit her with a stick for days? No. She stuck through it because she knew she’d come out stronger. The same goes for Sansa, that women went through hell but she made it out stronger than she ever thought she could be. The only way out is through, my friends.

Observe and stay quiet

People who did quite well in the show such as Varys, Bran, Littlefinger and Samwell are all people who have a knack for taking in information and then using it when it’s best for them too. While I know that Varys and Littlefinger both died by the end of the show, they started life as low-born nobodies and managed to build themselves up to advise the most important people in the lands. This lesson goes as follows: listen, learn and when the time is right – use the information you have.

Every experience, be it good or bad, is a lesson

This slightly links back to the lesson about perseverance. I think that this is a life lesson that most people in Game of Thrones learn. Arya and Sansa are brilliant examples of this again. Sansa especially though. Sansa says “I’m a slow learner, it’s true. But I learn” and I’m positive that without the experiences she had to endure she would’ve never grown into the Queen she became. They use their experiences as a way to grow and I think that is something we should all do.

♡ What life lesson did you get from Game of Thrones?

“Take charge of your life as long as it lasts” – Petyr Baelish.

Until next time,

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