11 Lessons Learned from Parks & Rec

Although Parks and Recreation has been around since 2009 (which sounds like ages ago), I’m finally getting around to watching this show in August 2015. Better late than never? Definitely for this one! Still on season 3 but here are 11 lessons learned from Parks and Recreation.

11. Remember history—even the bad parts.
Pawnee citizens have lots of issues, in the past (and sometimes the present), such as mistreating Indians and being intolerant. But it’s still important to recognize and remember local and personal history in order to grow and learn from it. I love how Knope knows her history so well!

10. Feminism! Recognize awesome women (from the past as well as the present women in your life).
Let’s celebrate Gallentine’s Day!

9. Sometimes you have to say no. And that’s okay.
Sometimes you have to fight for what you believe is right.
Also, I wish this GIF had the angry hand slam on the counter accompanying that adorably fierce face.

8. Do what you love.
Figure out what you are passionate about, and do it! Work doesn’t have to be miserable. For Leslie Knope, her work involves helping parks and people.

7. Sleep is important.
It’s amazing what ideas will come to you after a good night’s rest.

6. Love what you love.
Embrace the fact that breakfast food is the best food. Or whatever floats your boat.

5. Relationships can be surprising.
Opposites attract?
Ron & April.
April & Andy.
Ron & Andy.
April & anybody.
Or Ron & anybody.

4. We all make mistakes. Sometimes the same ones more than once.
Just look at Ron and Tammy.

3. Friendship, in and outside the workplace, can be a wonderful thing.
We all need support. This is one of my favorite things about the show—seeing healthy, positive friendships.

2. The power of being positive is . . . powerful.
Basically, Chris. On a side note, sad Chris is just so . . . sad.

1. Feelings are okay.
It’s okay to have feelings. It’s okay to be excited about things. It’s okay to be passionate. It’s okay to be sad. It’s okay to be upset. Knope shows a wide range of emotions, and that’s normal.


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