Within the first 4 minutes of every speaking engagement with Gen Z, I share about my childhood and reference Full House and how it shaped my relationships growing up.
Full House was so much more than a television show to me (and I am sure many other millennials), it taught me lessons about family, friends, and life, such as…
It’s okay to ask for and accept help:
The show wouldn’t have existed without Danny asking for help from Jesse and Joey; and Fuller House would not have come to be without Kimmy and Stephanie stepping up for DJ. I would not be the person I am today without asking for help or accepting it when I’ve been too stubborn to ask.
Passion means more than experience:
Think about it, Jesse had no clue what he was doing around kids, and now neither does Stephanie, but they both REALLY want to figure it out and give it a shot. They both made mistakes, but things ended up going really well.
At this stage in our lives we probably have more passion than experience, so it’s okay to ask “What would Uncle Jesse do?”
Everything in Life has a Lesson
Whether your the kid or an adult, everyday we should be learning… and Full House had no shortage of lessons to be learned. Whether it was Uncle Jesse learning to compromise when taking over Stephanie’s girl band or Danny needing to balance his time more after being named San Francisco’s most eligible Bachelor or DJ learning to not starve and overly exercise just to fit in.
Loyalty is the best accessory
The Tanner’s (and Kimmy) stick together through everything. They close every disagreement or mistake with a healthy conversation and a hug… and it’s not unrealistic to bring this lesson into our own lives. We are all different, we all have unique points of view, but if we can have a healthy conversation and find compromise, we can always hug it out and stick together.
It’s better to be you, than be cool
Whether its Kimmy rocking her stinky feet and ridiculous outfits with pride or Stephanie struggling with smoking, drinking, and going to parties… this show has more lesson about being true to yourself than I can count.
We all go through that awkward phase
No explanation. Thanks DJ.
True friends are more important than fake friends
Remember when Kimmy ditched DJ, because she was a total geek burger with cheese, to hangout with the older, cooler girls in high school? DJ tried talking some sense into Kimmy that these chicks were just using her and thought her name was Kammy… needless to say Kimmy wised up and now 20 years later on Fuller House Kimmy and DJ are still stuck together like PB&J.
Break ups suck for everyone, No need to make it any harder
Everything I learned about breaking up, I learned from this show. Steve and DJ set the standard for me… they both hurt from it, and it wasn’t easy on either of them, but theres no need to make it any more difficult with saying cruel things.
You Don’t Need to Have it All Figured out in your twenties
Sometimes it can feel like we are falling behind in life… but we’re not. We are all just figuring it out as we go… just look at Jesse and Joey throughout their lives, and now Kimmy and Stephanie… there’s not rule book to life, just a bunch of people doing their best and getting by with some good laughs and good friends.
Fuller House has aired to some mixed reviews… and while I haven’t finished the whole season yet, I’ve watched about half. Sure, its got some character and plot holes and more corny jokes than I can count (but so did the original)… but it’s exactly how they have been promoting it: a fun, lighthearted reunion which pokes a lot of fun at itself. At the end of the day the life lessons above all can be found in Fuller House too, and I for one am happy to revisit the Tanner home (now the Fuller Home), for a good laugh and cry (yes, I have literally cried in about half the episodes I’ve watched thus far haha).