Three Love Lessons We Learned from How I Met Your Mother's Series Finale

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Last night marked the final episode of CBS show How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) ever. And while there's a ton of contention on Twitter whether or not the series finale was legen — wait for it — dary, one thing is for sure: Like many TV dramedies (cough Bachelor cough) we've stuck by Ted and the gang's side through nine years of romantic ups and downs, triumphs and, as we learned last night, tragedies. Satisfied with the show's end or not, there are as many useful lessons from Marshmallow and Lilypad, Barney, Robin, and Ted as there are plays in Barney's playbook. Here, the top three lessons about love we learned from the conclusion to Ted's nine-year-journey to find the mother. Warning: Spoilers ahead!

Relationships change, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's for the worse.
Like many iconic sitcoms before it, HIMYM's greatest love story was the friendship between Ted, Lily, Marshall, Barney, and Robin. As the story fast-forwarded in the finale through their adult years, we saw the group slowly grow apart. Robin was busy having the career she always dreamed, reporting from locations all around the world. Lily and Marshall decided to move out of the Upper West Side apartment to make room for baby number three. Ted, finally having met the mother, was living in his Westchester dream home with two kids. Barney, having failed at marriage with Robin, was penning playbook number two. While all of these life developments distanced the friends, they vowed to see each other for the big moments. A tearful standoff between Lily and Robin, after Robin was M.I.A. for quite some time, made us think it might be over for good. But when Scherbatsky showed up for Ted's wedding at McLaren's, it proved the gang was stronger than ever. Life may take you further away from those you love, but that doesn't necessarily mean that love is any less powerful.

The love of your life isn't necessarily romantic.
Barney's regression to icky Bachelor — after a ten-minute marriage to Robin and three season's worth of character development — infuriated viewers (and to be honest, us too). The finale did redeem dear ol' Stinson when his perfect month (that's 31 days of 31 different women) ended with an accidental pregnancy. He may have been dreading fatherhood, but once baby Ellie was born, he reneged a previous statement that he vowed he'd never say to a girl: "You are the love of my life. Everything I have and everything I am is yours. Forever." After whispering that to his daughter, our hearts melted into a million pieces and proved that while Barney isn't meant to be married, but he did find the love of his life — his daughter.

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Timing is everything.
Ok, so it wasn't the yellow umbrella after all. It was the blue horn! HIMYM writers may have tortured us through the years, toying with the idea that Robin is the mother and then swiftly shutting that story line down over and over again. But with the twist that the mother, Tracy, Ted's long sought-after soulmate died, the kids tell their dad that he's in love with Aunt Robin. Yes, this was a slightly infuriating twist, but love isn't as cookie cutter as a television series. Personal opinions on the plot aside, when Ted and Robin were together the first two times, Ted wanted to get married and have kids and Robin wanted to focus on her career. It was never going to work until they both achieved their dreams. And now that they have, the couple we wanted together all along can make something nine-years-in-the-making happen.

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