Everybody has an inner Ted Mosby. As much as we deny it, we all want that happy-ever-after with an amazing person standing in the middle of the rain, holding a yellow umbrella amidst all the blue French horns we claimed to love. We yearn for that unyielding and passionate love that will break all other unbreakable bonds out there. Ted and Tracy shared the kind of love that will transcend to the next generation and will be remembered by many. This phenomenal How I Met Your Mother couple taught me life lessons I will carry along with me until “the end of my days and beyond.”
1. Someone out there will love your little quirks.
We all change a little for someone we like. We give up our weird habits and collections no matter how hard it is just to make them happy. But someday, you will stumble upon a person who wears driving gloves and goes on a 7-hour detour just to see odd roadside attractions too. Someone who will laugh at your corniest jokes and will listen to an endless streak of Theodore Roosevelt trivia. Someone out there will share the same weirdness and will even be proud of it, even when people make fun of you — because love is all about accepting a person no matter how addicted he is to Star Wars and to impulsively saying, “I love you” to a girl he just met.
2. Never give up on love, even when it gives up on you.
Throughout the course of life, you will be dating the wrong people simultaneously. You will get your heart broken over and over by the same person, watch the one you love marry your best friend and take you years to fully let go of her, get left at the altar and runaway with the girl who left you for Germany. After a series of heartbreaks and emotional breakdowns, the universe will give you the greatest reward: the love you deserve. You will meet someone who will make you forget about your painful past and remind you why you never gave up on finding love. It will be a long and difficult road, but it’s going to be worth it. Like what Judge Fudge said, “When it’s right, you just know.”
3. The little moments are more important than the big ones.
Without all the little factors in life, the big moments will not be as meaningful as it is. The things that happen in our journey will bring us to a realization that life doesn’t have to be perfect and things should not always go as planned. Ted and Tracy made all the little things special, whether it’s walking on the streets of New York City, drinking coffee at the Farhampton Inn, catching up with the gang in their living room or in MacLaren’s, watching Barney’s favorite “robots vs. wrestlers” competition or staying at home with Penny and Luke. Even though they weren’t able to get married in a white French castle due to Tracy’s unexpected pregnancy, they still had a simple yet meaningful wedding that brought everybody to tears especially when Ted said, “You see kids, right from the moment I met your mom, I knew I have to love this woman as much as I can, for as long as I can, and I can never stop loving her, not even for a second.” If that didn’t induce tears, I don’t know what else would.
4. When you finally found the one, hold on to them.
According to Klaus, Victoria’s ex fiancé, you’ll meet a lot of Beinaheleidenschaftsgegenstand or “the thing that is almost the thing you want, but it’s not quite.” But it’s not every day that you meet your Lebenslangerschicksalsschatz or your “lifelong treasure of destiny” so don’t be stupid enough to let her go because you’ll never know when or if you’ll ever see her again. I remember Ted telling his kids, “You will be shocked, kids, when you discover how easy it is to part ways with people forever. That’s why when you find someone you wanna keep around, you do something about it.” When you finally find the person you want to be with, you’ll summon all your guts and listen to the very enthusiastic old lady in the Farhampton station, walk straight to the girl under the yellow umbrella, talk to her, ask her out the next day, propose to her at the beautiful light house, marry her after seven years (and forget to let the old lady sing on your wedding day) and love her until the end of your days.
5. Believe in the power of perfect timing.
“If you have chemistry, you only need one other thing. Timing. But timing’s a bitch!” said Robin Scherbatsky. We always want to rush things and skip the bad parts. We fear rejection, heartbreaks, and growing old alone. Ted Mosby wanted and feared the same things we do and as he was about to give up his dream of living in the suburbs with his wife and two kids, he met Tracy. Ted just happened to be in the right place, at the right time and with the right girl after a series of crazy, liberal and emotionally unstable girls he dated. We should never force things to happen in our own watch because when the timing is right, everything just falls into place. The universe has its own way of bringing us to things we never thought we’d find, even Tracy told Ted, “Funny how sometimes you just find things.”