5 Invaluable Life Lessons I Learned, Or How I Was ‘Saved By The Bell’

From its debut in ’89 to its final special in ’94, shared their ups and downs, triumphs and misadventures, with the after school crowd who just couldn’t wait to “be that old.”

And while Zack, Kelly, Jessie, Slater, Lisa, and Screech were learning important lessons through every light-hearted, half-hour journey, I realize in hindsight that there were much deeper lessons to be learned. Hidden beyond the sugary surface were the neon-colored keys to finding true happiness.

1. Take The Time To Stop

When life seems to be spinning out of control, don’t be afraid to call a “time out.” Take a step back, breathe, assess the situation, and resume when you’ve found your footing. In a chaotic world where we’re propelled to go, go, go, sometimes the smartest thing to do is to pump the breaks, pull over, and think about where you’re actually heading. Remember, it’s a journey – not a race.

2. Everyone Has A Youth

Just as the kids were baffled with the notion that Mr. Belding was once a hip radio DJ, or when we realized Miss Bliss was played by Pollyanna herself, Hayley Mills, it’s easy for us to forget that every older person we come in contact with was once our age. Not just age, but it’s easy to take for granted the many similarities we share in the human experience – and reminding ourselves of this can often help us find more compassion in our day to day.

3. Material Things Become Obsolete

From the big hair and acid-washed jeans to Zack’s brick phone, looking back at the fashion and trends at Bayside High reminds us how quickly material things become obsolete. The must-have item of the moment are swiftly replaced with yet another. And in stepping back and seeing the short shelf life of fads, we can reassess how things in our present may not be as “necessary” as we might first think.

4. It’s The Company You Keep

When we look back on our lives, all our life events, all our accomplishments, big or small, aren’t nearly as important as the individuals we were able to share them with. It’s not about impressing a record executive, but the joys of . It’s not about missing , but rather spending that time with your special some one. If the kids of Bayside showed us anything, the truly lucky are those who are able to find their tribe.

5. Don’t Sweat The Small (Or Big) Stuff

It’s actually right there in the theme song. Running late, pop quizzes, dog-eaten homework – at the time they may seem like life’s biggest issues, but somehow they’re solved by something as little as a bell. And just as we mature to see that those problems were actually quite small, perhaps the larger problems we face now will seem just as minute in the grand scheme of things. So don’t sweat the small or the big stuff. Things have a way of working themselves out. Just remember, “It’s alright – ’cause I’m .”


Singer slash songwriter slash actor slash writer slash Hulugan slash general menace to society slash sometimes live host for Hulu.