I know that most of us were waiting at the edge of our seats for the brand new season of "Orange Is The New Black" so we can binge watch until we forget what the use of our feet and legs are, but how freakin' happy were you when you found out it was released early??
I know I, personally, am counting down the minutes until I can start my OITNB marathon-- I just have to mentally prepare my loved ones since they won't be seeing me or hearing from me for the next few days.
While I was trying to wrack my brain about what happened in season 2, I started to realize how many real life lessons we actually learned from the complex female power houses of the show and it got me thinking.
So, here is a list of the true life lessons we have been handed from the wonderfully knowledgeable ladies of Litchfeild:
1. Gingers (and women) run the world.
We all know Red is the powerhouse of the prison and this really goes to prove that gingies can definitely do it better. The stigma that Red goes against in order to operate her business is a really important part of the show. Despite coming from the old fashioned Russian mentality that women must be housewives who always come second when it comes to their husbands, Red owns every person in that jail. She even made herself known to the Russian Mafia, I mean how much more feminist boss can you get??
2. Everyone deserves love.
We see throughout the series that everyone can, eventually, find love and that everyone is surely capable of it. Sometimes we seem to forget that even the unusual have feelings and emotions and OITNB definitely reminds us that that is just simply not the case. The heavy and deep emotions we have witnessed from Suzanne Warren AKA 'Crazy Eyes' has definitely helped to prove that even those who are strange are capable of true love.
3. Making the best of a bad situation.
When watching the colorful and hilariously energetic friendship between Taystee and Poussey, you almost forget that these girls are convicted felons in federal prison! All of the girls, for that matter, teach us that no matter what terrible situation you are put into, we as human beings have the ability to make it better.
4. Patience is a virtue.
From seeing how long these women have endured prison, we can see that patience as well as acceptance is an extremely important part of life. These women know that they just need to wait out their sentences because there is nothing else they can do about it, so they patiently await their freedom. Kinda makes you feel bad about getting ency when waiting for that Mocha latte at Starbucks, huh?
5. You are who you are, no matter what anyone else tells you.
Lavern Cox's character has obviously raised awareness for the transgender community since episode one. Her position in the prison teaches us that when you feel a certain way about yourself, no one else can take that away from you. Through her courage and honesty, she became exactly who she wanted to be. Yes, she may be in prison for doing something horrible, but at least she is incarcerated fabulously!
6. Silence is golden.
From Red's number one follower, Norma, we learn that silence is a true virtue that some of us should strive for sometimes. She it the most loyal character I have ever witnessed on television because, despite everything, she never really left Red's side. Norma teaches us that you can definitely express yourself without the use of our words which we sometimes forget.
7. Love can be found anywhere and anytime.
There is definitely a factor of passion within the series and we see it everywhere. The difference between this show and many others which focus on the steaminess of many relationships is that it also sheds light on the deeper ideas at play. Through prisoner Daya and prison guard John Bennet's relationship we see that love conquers all. What started out as a hot and scandalous affair has now turned into the cutest Romeo and Juliet-esque love story ever told.
8. History matters.
We all know that Piper and Alex's connection withstood the test of time. Because of their history, Piper's engagement to Larry could not survive. This definitely highlights the fact that we as human beings cannot just forget or shut off our emotions. No matter how mad you are at someone, love will never truly fade away.
9. No one is completely bad.
Throughout the show, we seem to forget that these women have all been put in prison with good reason. As an audience, we see that despite being deemed deviants of society these women truly have good hearts. We tend to forget that despite a person's actions, people may be better than we think. This show definitely opens my eyes in that we judge too quickly. You never know what someone's true story is so don't judge the book by the cover and read it.
10. Laugh at everything...literally.
These women, overall, know how to have a good laugh which shows us the true importance of happiness. Despite everything they have been through, they always seem to be able to put a humorous spin on anything and everything which is something we can all benefit to learn from. I mean, their in jail but they still know how to have a good time-- what better of a life lesson could there be??