Everything I ever needed to know, I learned from…’Supernatural’

Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester and Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester in SUPERNATURAL (Image Credit: The CW Network)
Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester and Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester in SUPERNATURAL (Image Credit: The CW Network)

I know what you’re thinking. What could Supernatural, a show about two demon-hunting, ghost-chasing, hot-as-Hell (trust me, they would know) brothers with a cool car and a bat cave teach a person about life? Surprisingly, quite a bit more than you’d imagine. Aside from the important stuff, like always keeping salt on hand and memorizing a Latin exorcism (just in case of an emergency), Supernatural has a lot to offer when it comes to figuring out who you are, where you’re headed and just who you want sitting in the passenger seat.

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Turns out, breaking mirrors really can bring years of bad luck.

In the Season 1 episode of Supernatural titled “Bloody Mary,” Sam and Dean shatter a disgusting amount of mirrors in an attempt to trap a murderous ghost. And Dean, in his trademark Season 1 attitude, questions how many years of bad luck he and Sam have just earned. Jokes on you, Dean. As fans of the show well know, both brothers have died (a lot), gone to Hell (a couple of times) and seen everyone they love meet some kind of troubling end. So the thing to learn from all this? Don’t break a mirror. And if you do, for the love of Cas don’t make a joke about it.

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We all have that one friend…

You know who I’m talking about. They’re kind of socially awkward and always super serious, but they’re also cute and so sincere that when they say batty things you know they truly mean them. Yeah, Supernatural has one of those. And even though Castiel hasn’t had the best track record in the decision-making process, he’s also adorable so we hug him and say “It’s okay.” Now, with that description, picture the friend in your life who’s your Cas. And give them an extra hug the next time you see them, because it has to be hard to be that far out of the loop.

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Some days just plain stink.

Some days feel like they’ll never end, or like everything that could go wrong, is going wrong. But just remember, if you didn’t let the Devil out of his jail cell, managed to avoid a Hunger Games recreation in a ghost town, stopped yourself from spitting out thousands of Leviathans and thought twice before eating something called a Pig-in-a-Poke, you’ll survive. So just grin, bear it and accept the fact that your day might suck, but you could be having the day of a Winchester.

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Family don’t end with blood.

We all come from somewhere, but that doesn’t mean the place we’re born is the place we stay. And that also means the people that surround us, who become our family, aren’t necessarily in that place either. Supernatural taught us that our family can be a brother, but it can also be a fallen angel, a paranoid drunk, a bar owner and her adventurous daughter, one or two computer geniuses and some teenaged kid who can read a couple of old tablets. Family is blood, yes, but it’s more about perspective, trust and who it hurts the most to tell goodbye. Like Bobby said, “They’re supposed to make you miserable. It’s why they’re family!”

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Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole.

When Dean purposefully tosses one of his dated cassette tapes back into a slightly worse-for-wear box in the pilot episode with a flippant “Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole,” it was just something funny and telling about the eldest Winchester brother’s personality. But if you look at it from a slightly different perspective, the saying can mean something truly inspiring. In the end, no matter what anyone else says, you’re in charge of your own life. You’re the driver. And when it comes down to it, everyone else should just sit back and listen to the music that you decide you want to play, because you’re the one in charge.

Look at that wise and telling life lesson I just made out of a less-than-deep line of dialogue!

There are ten more funny things I could add to this list, and a thousand things that are twice as sad, but I think the gist has been made clear. Underneath all of the mythology, folklore and demon smoke, Supernatural offers plenty of lessons to learn about our own lives. It’s all in how we look at it.

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