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9 Valuable Lessons Rachel Green Taught Us All About Adulting


No character from Friends has had a glow-up more epic than Rachel Green's. Rachel went from being a spoiled trust fund brat engaged to Barry to a confident, single(ish) lady and independent working adult over the course of the show's 236 episodes. No other Friend's character development was more satisfying to watch.

Rachel instilled some important life lessons among viewers, and was living proof that even though adulting in New York City can be super hard, you'll get ahead if you stick to your dream. 

In honor of Jennifer Aniston's 50th birthday, here are 9 valuable life lessons her character Rachel Green taught us over the course of Friends.

1. It's never too late to build your life back up from scratch.

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Let's start at the very beginning of Friends, back in September of '94 when Rachel had just left Barry at the altar and, soaked from the rain, went to meet the friends that would become her chosen forever family at Central Perk. This lesson is alternately titled "Never settle for someone else's dream" because Rachel was trying to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a wealthy doctor's wife until she realized, mid-wedding ceremony, that she had lost sight of her own goals.

"Come on, Daddy, listen to me," she pleads with her father. "It's like all of my life everyone has always told me, 'You're a shoe, you're a shoe, you're a shoe, you're a shoe.' And then today I just stopped and I said, 'What if I don't want to be a shoe? What if I want to be a purse, you know? Or, a hat?'" Rachel didn't settle for just being a shoe, and neither should you! Personally, I'd prefer to be a blazer.