No one is safe on Game of Thrones.
The minute you fall in love with a character, they die.
It’s so unfair, you say. They can’t do that! But they can and they will.
It’s exactly those turn of events that makes you glued to the screen, wanting more.
So, what can the TV show teach us about everyday life?
Quite a bit, it seems.
So, hold on tight, my friend. For the night is dark and full of terrors.
Let’s cue the Game of Thrones music, jump into the fantasy world, and dive into a few quotes from some of the most popular characters on TV.
The threat of death creates a rich everyday life
Ygritte: If we die we’ll die, but first we’ll live.
Truer words have never been spoken. Most people take life for granted and forget how to live. But not the characters on Game of Thrones. They know that their heads can be chopped off at any second.
And they act accordingly.
Whether they have passionate sex in a cave or hide their beloved whore from their father, the characters on Game of Thrones know how to make every moment count.
Actions are more important than words
Tywin Lannister: Any man who must say, I am the king, is no true king.
Actions always speak louder than words. They are more powerful because they speak for themselves.
That’s why you want to be a doer rather than a talker. Only then will you earn the title of king.
So, take Tywin Lannister’s advice. Stop calling yourself a king – start acting like one instead and get others to call you a king.
Judging from Tywin Lannister’s character, life seems more fun that way.
Break your chains
Daenerys Targaryen: People learn to love their chains.
In our everyday life, small habits become our chains. We don’t pay any attention to them because we take them for granted. The small habits are so natural to us – like the route we take to work or school – that we fall in love with their simplicity.
They are our chains. But to create a richer everyday life, we must learn to break these small habits.
It’s OK. I’ll wait with Daenerys and the dragons until you’ve got it.
Done? Cool. Let’s hop on to the final lesson from Game of Thrones.
Knowledge empowers you
Gilly: You know all that from staring at marks on paper?
Gilly: You’re like, a wizard.
Indeed, learning from a book is pretty remarkable. Learning in itself is spectacular and essential to our survival.
No one knows this better than Samwell. That’s why we need to feed our brains with useful and highly sought-after information that we can put to good use.
Knowledge empowers you, but only if you use it to your advantage. Not all battles can be fought with books. But they certainly help.
Winter is coming…
Game of Thrones tells us to never take anything for granted. To stir things up. To make things happen.
To work hard together. To gather your kind of people and fight for your family, friends and ideals.
We never know who will betray us.
We never know who will get us killed.
We never know when the war will be over… or if it has even started.
So, let’s make the most of today. Game of Thrones style.
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