What I Learned About Life From Reading Lemony Snicket's Books


'A Series of Unfortunate Events' has some pretty inspirational messages that anyone can get behind.


Book lovers, you may want to prepare yourself for the most epic news that you'll hear all day because Netflix is about to go down in history. After it was revealed that every single episode from Are You Afraid of the Dark? was released on YouTube (where we could now see baby Ryan Gosling in all of his glory), I didn't think that life could get any better. That is, until this week when Netflix announced their sweet plan to adapt the mystery series A Series of Unfortunate Events into a TV show. Yes, you heard me correctly. Do you know what that means? We get not one but two chances to relive our childhood. And our man of honor (Lemony Snicket himself AKA Daniel Handler) certainly didn't disappoint with this clever response: "I can’t believe it. After years of providing top-quality entertainment on demand, Netflix is risking its reputation and its success by associating itself with my dismaying and upsetting books."

As a bibliophile myself, I have to say that hearing this news seriously just made my year. I pretty much spent a majority of my childhood catching up on the adventures of Vlolet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire. Reading about the crazy things that they would get themselves into all in the search for the truth behind the disappearance of their parents really fascinated me. But besides the plot, one of my favorite aspects of following the Baudelaire siblings' story was the way that Lemony Snicket snuck in so many life lessons in every chapter. Out of all of the inspirational (and sometimes heartbreaking) quotes from the series, this one resonated with me the most (and pretty much changed my view on life forever):

"If we wait until we're ready, we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives."

Even after all of this time, the ambiguity of that line still gets to me. We spend so much time worrying about every little thing under the sun, whether it's taking risks or just putting ourselves out there, that we stop ourselves from actually living. Being afraid won't get us anywhere except right back where we started. How are we supposed to learn and grow if we let that fear of stepping out of our comfort zones control us? 

In love with someone but you're not sure if they feel the same? Tell them! Even though the thought of putting your heart out in the open is pretty freaking scary, what would you gain from keeping how you feel locked away? Absolutely nothing.

So take a chance on love, life, and yourself. If you never push yourself to just try, you'll be standing on that starting line forever.