04/03/2014 05:33 pm ET Updated Apr 03, 2014

8 Essential Life Lessons From Nostalgic Cartoons

Many of us had a favorite cartoon when we were growing up, one we made sure to tune into no matter how much homework was left. As we get older, we might not watch these shows as much, but they still hold a special place in our hearts and collective nostalgia.

And hidden amongst the jokes we all remember and the drama that kept us on the edge of seats, there were some great lessons. No matter where you are in life, these words of wisdom from cherished characters serve as reminders about what's really important.

  • 1 Love who you are -- The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    Nobody is perfect, and yet when faced with a barrage of advertising and beauty standards, it's easy to feel less than confident in your appearance. Take it from Winnie the Pooh, be proud of who you are, in all your flawed glory.
  • 2 You have autonomy over yourself -- Danny Phantom
    Remeber, you're in charge of your own decisions. You don't have to do anything you don't want to, nor feel pressured into agreeing or disagreeing with anyone else. Just like Desiree, only you have a say in the choices you make.
  • 3 People fear what's different -- The Powerpuff Girls
    Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup were the heroes of Townsville, but when they first arrived they were feared and hated by the citizens. Sometimes people react badly to change or new things, and it's not your fault if they do. Never change yourself to try to fit in because of those people.
  • 4 You don't need to be in a relationship -- As Told By Ginger
    Relationships can be wonderful but don't think that something's wrong with you just because you're not in one. Jumping from relationship to relationship so you're not alone can be more miserable than just being single. Follow Ginger's mom's advice and hold off getting into a new relationship until you find someone you truly want to be with.
  • 5 Look at things from different perspectives -- Recess
    Miss Grotke seemed a bit quirky when we were kids, but her heart was always in the right place. She was always looking at history from a different perspective and encouraging her students to do the same. When a problem seems particularly difficult, try looking at it from a new point of view, even if it seems a little odd. You never know what solutions could emerge.
  • 6 We all mature at different rates -- The Weekenders
    Lori may not have been the smart one in the group, but she had a tidbit of wisdom or two to share throughout the show. Not everyone grows and develops at the same rate, and there is no "normal." Your mind will grow and develop at it's own pace, even if it's ahead or behind all your other friends.
  • 7 Sometimes things don't work out -- Lilo and Stitch
    We're told if we cross our T's and dot our I's everything will be okay, but the world doesn't work that way. Sometimes no matter how hard you work, how much you try, and how bad you want it, things may not work out. Whether it's Nani's attempt to keep her family together, trying out for the soccer team, or even passing trig, that lesson holds true.
  • 8 You're meant to make mistakes -- As Told By Ginger
    We return back to Ginger's mom Lois for on last piece of sage advice. You are going to make mistakes, it's guaranteed. Trying to be perfect in every way is unrealistic and daunting, so just be yourself. The best way to deal with them is to accept responsibility for them and move on.