11 Times ‘Empire's Cookie Lyon Accurately Described Your Life

OK, so, Empire's Cookie Lyon and I have lived vastly different lives. For instance: My musical talent is non-existent, while hers is palpable — and, y'know, unlike Cookie, I've never seen the inside of a jail cell (and hope never to). Despite these differences, though, Cookie’s endless wisdom and impeccable fashion sense have forged an unbreakable sisterhood between us (at least I'd like to think so). With a fairly short, 12-episode first season, Fox’s breakout freshman series Empire had very little time to make a true impression on us, but, by the season finale, it was difficult to imagine life without Empire. Additionally, more than any other character on the show, it was Cookie who left an indelible imprint on our souls. She may be a bit rough around the edges, but Cookie is one of the most relatable characters on television: From her biting remarks on race and privilege to attacks on sexism and misogyny, Cookie Lyon is known for saying the very thing that other people are too polite to say.

Inevitably, life is going to pull the rug out from under you sometimes — and no one knows that better than Cookie. In order to persevere, you've just got to put on your highest, hottest heels, and channel your inner Cookie. She’s already in your spirit, you just have to let her out!

Still don’t believe me? Here are all the times Cookie perfectly described your life:

When She Understood The Importance Of Keeping Mean Things To Yourself


They say if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything.

When She Too Knew How To Effortlessly Take A Compliment


Too cool for words.

When She Captured The Essence of Your Forgiving Nature

Forgiveness is harder than it looks.

When She Described Your Hatred Of Group Projects


Group projects are for chumps.

When She Vocalized Your Perfect Pick-Up Line

The best approach is straight and to the point.

When She Summed Up Your Daily Routine


This applies to many of life's situations.

When She Described Your Level of Intelligence

"I know stuff, guys. Things."

When She Shared Your Disdain For Terrible Music

Note: this line must be delivered with the same amount of swag as Cookie Lyon possesses in the above GIF.

When She Accurately Described Your Dating Standards


Don't settle for anything less than the best.

When She Shared Your Disgust For Pet Names

Like this. Don't settle for this.

When She Shared Your Social Skills


Bad. Ass.

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