7 Life Lessons in SpongeBob

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Every child knows about SpongeBob, as it’s one of the most popular shows for younglings. But just because it’s intended for younger audiences, it shouldn’t be deprived of life lessons. The goal is to be as educational as possible. And this show surely does that most spectacularly. 

The absurdly positive cartoon  about a sea sponge has affected an entire generation that, although has grown up, gladly remembers some of the most famous scenes. From the meaning of friendship to finding the courage to be yourself, the show is a pure gem when it comes to presenting life lessons in a way everyone understands. Here are some of the most influential moments from SpongeBob that teach us about things that matter in life.

The Undeniable Champion of Positivity

SpongeBob doesn’t seem to lose his positive attitude no matter what. Every time the situation in bikini bottom became a bit gloom, SpongeBob found a way to light up the scene with the sheer power of positivity. Whether it’s the time when Plankton made everyone his slaves, or Mr. Krabs caused global warming, SpongeBob remained positive as it’s really the only way to make things better. So the lesson here is to look at things as a problem solver. Also, to avoid dwelling on the negative aspects of the given situation.

Loop-de-Loop Tie A Shoe

In one episode, the show actually teaches kids how to tie shoes. Every parent knows how challenging learning how to tie a shoe can be for a child. Teaching them how to do it using conventional methods isn’t fun for them. They tend to wander off after a couple of seconds and lose focus. 

Luckily for them, with SpongeBob’s life lessons, they can learn how to do it in an instant. And having SpongeBob toys they will cherish and play with surely helps as well. With song and dance, this show teaches kids how to tie a shoe in the most entertaining and educational way possible. The results are guaranteed, as the best way to explain anything to a child is through playtime.

Being a Better Person

SpongeBob is more than capable of seeing the good and the bad in all Bikini Bottom inhabitants. But the thing that makes him different than anybody else is the fact that he chooses to focus on the good in everyone. And there’s a lot to learn from that. We all have our bad moments. The goal is to improve and to understand that people can be better. The only way to do that is to believe in ourselves and to support each other. And his actions are the perfect example of how to do it right.

Owning Up to Your Mistakes

To make mistakes is to be human, and accepting it can make you look at things from an entirely different angle. We all do it, but it’s important to reflect on our actions and eventually correct them in the future. This show has taught us many times that owning up to our own mistakes is a good thing. 

Because there’s nothing worse than discovering someone did something wrong and blamed others for it. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about, no matter what happened. By acknowledging our own mistakes, we become better people and actually make forgiveness possible. It also reminds us that whether you try to hide it or blame others the truth always comes out.

Being Yourself is Cool

SpongeBob is literally unable to be anything else but himself. And there’s a great lesson to learn from this. One time, he tried to be a bulky beach guy, as he thought that would make him a cool person. What he got as a response was quite the opposite. His friends couldn’t recognize him. So eventually, he realized that being yourself is the coolest move you can make. 

The lesson here is that no matter how much you try, you can’t be what you aren’t. In order to be “cool,” the only thing you should do is behave naturally. This way, you give people a chance to get to know you and accept who you are. Of course, this doesn’t mean accepting bad habits. There’s always room for progress, but keeping bad habits isn’t the way to go.

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Be the Change You Want to See in Others

If you think about it, SpongeBob is quite an inspirational character. When he wants to help someone, he does that by being an example. And that’s the only way to change people around you that are in need of help. Because if you preach about what it means to be a better person, they only hear words, not actions. And therefore, your speech becomes meaningless. 

To support and help each other become better, the only thing we need to do is be the change we want to see in others. Again, no one will take advice coming from a person that doesn’t live by their standards.

Never Give Up

The final lesson, and probably the most important one that this show teaches us, is that we need to keep pushing on no matter what. SpongeBob maybe this goofy character that sometimes allows his clumsiness to create problems that he later resolves, but he never was a quitter. No matter how serious the situation would get, whether the town was in peril, or he encountered a difficulty in life, he never threw the towel. 

It takes a lot of strength to push on when things aren’t great. But it’s important to muster the strength and continue to make an effort until your problem disappears completely. No one ever fixed anything by complaining about how things are hard.

Life isn’t a paradise where great things happen for no reason, but a rollercoaster full of ups and downs. And the only way to progress is to keep on going forward. This fantastic show portrays many challenges in life, some by metaphor, other quite transparently. But there’s always a message to it, and although the show may look silly, the solutions to everyday problems and personal dilemmas are on the spot. That’s why SpongeBob was and always will be inspirational and his perspective on things worthy of praise.

Author: Catherine Evans
Author: Catherine Evans

Catherine is a writer from Canada who simply loves toys, collectibles and superhero figurines. Writing is her passion, but she also loves reading, enjoying her “me time” and finding new ways to improve her work and ways to entertain the readers.

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