I was 10 when Friends debuted. I remember it was being broadcast here in the Philippines but I was too young to understand, follow and appreciate an American sitcom then. I was more of an ER, Seventh Heaven and Gilmore Girls kid (as far as American shows are concerned).
Looking back, I can’t help but think how fun it would have been being a fan back then when it was still airing and you wait every week for the next episode and every year for the next season and chase every magazine and talk show they are in.
Anyway, it has always been “in my background” since then. We sang “I’ll Be There For You” in our High School graduation ball (and yes, of course, with the four claps!) circa 2001. A few episodes were shown in an English language training class I took for work sometime in 2006. I used an episode as a material for an English class I conducted back in 2010 as my student said it’s her favorite. But I never bothered to watch it in it’s entirety.
Until a few years ago, a co-worker suggested I watch Friends. She told me it’s funny and it lifts up her mood when she’s down. It still took me a while before I decided to finally take the plunge and start watching Friends. I can’t remember exactly why I finally decided to watch it, but boy, I did not regret it one bit! And I’m gonna say this without any exaggeration – it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made as Friends have actually changed my life (See: The One With The Confession: I, too, Owe My Life to Friends).
Just months later and here I am with my unending rewatches, over ten thousand screenshots, growing collection and non-stop obsession. Most importantly, here I am – happy!