10 Life Lessons From Grey’s Anatomy

My love for Grey’s Anatomy began on spring break 2012. My sister and I watched three seasons in one week, eating chocolate chips and croissants while all our friends went out of town. In the moment, spring break didn’t seem like anything special. However, I’ll always remember it for spending time (like, a lot of time) with my sister and beginning my love for Grey’s Anatomy.

Recently I have been rewatching all the seasons, and I am currently on season 11. It is crazy to witness how much the show has changed over the years, but also how many things remain constant. Read these “life lessons” below and, of course, watch some Grey’s Anatomy, too, while you’re at it.

10 Life Lessons Learned From Grey’s Anatomy

1. Take control of your life

“Take a good hard look at your life. If it’s not working, fix it.”

—Carolyn Shepherd

2. We’re constantly striving for more.



“There something about the possibility of more—more tequila, more love, more anything. More is better.”

—Meredith Grey

3. Growing up is inevitable.

“You grew up… It’s a shame. It’s awful being a grown-up… The carousel never stops turning. You can’t get off.”

—Ellis Grey

4. Find those you love.

“At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody.”

—Meredith Grey

5. Do not be scared of fear.

“Sometimes it’s good to be scared. It means you still have something to lose.”

—Richard Webber

6. Don’t get too caught up in boys.

“Don’t let what he wants eclipse what you need. He’s very dreamy. But he is not the sun; you are.”

—Christina Yang

7. Determine your own future.

“If you want crappy things to stop happening to you, then stop accepting crap and start demanding more.”

—Cristina Yang

8. It’s the inner-beauty that matters.

“You know as well as I do it’s not about what you look like, or your job, or how successful you are. It’s about having people in your life that you love and who love you. That’s all that matters.”

—Miranda Bailey

9. Make everyday count.

“You never know the biggest day of your life is going to be the biggest. The days you think are going to be the big ones, they are never as big as you make them out to be in your head. It’s the regular days, the ones that start out normal. Those are the days that end up being the biggest.”

—Izzie Stevens

10. Know what you deserve.

“You deserve to be with somebody who makes you happy. Somebody’s who’s not gonna complicate your life. Somebody  who won’t hurt you.”

—Derek Shepherd

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