I have accepted my attachment to Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey, and Ross for a long, long time. However, when I first met the Central Perk gang, I was but a wee tween who only understood the big humor of the show: Joey eats a lot! Monica is really clean! Ross is a nerd! But now that I've grown older, there's a lot more to Friends than I ever knew — and with the golden age of Friends on Netflix, I've come to appreciate the show in a whole different way. I can now relate to the struggles the Friends gang all dealt with: dating, finding a career/job/way to make ends meet, and figuring out if that whole marriage and baby thing is really for me.
However, above all of that, Friends really does make me value the relationships I have with my actual friends (as cheesy as that may sound). I'm at that age where almost everyone I know is married, getting married, having kids, moving away, and so on. When we do have time to meet up together at wherever our version of Central Perk may be, I really do care about that time. The older we get, the more the rest of life gets in the way. Thanksgivings in Santa pants don't last forever, ya know?
Go ahead, accept the fact that Friends is more than a TV show, it's a way of life. In fact, you're completely addicted. Here are all the pieces that make up your Friends addiction, because, let's be real, you're a total Friends-phile by now. (Contact your doctor if you notice a sudden allergy to mockolate or traditional English trifle.)
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