25 Lessons Eric Matthews Taught Us on 'Boy Meets World'
Because it's always a good day to show some Eric Matthews appreciation
When it comes to sitcoms that focused on all the drama life has to offer, there’s no denying that the 90s offered up a whole slew of gems that are still beloved today. They taught us about love, loss, heartbreak... and one of those gems that made the greatest of impacts was Boy Meets World. Every character taught us something new, every week and, although he's an unlikely mention, that includes Eric Matthews.
Yes, you read that right—Corey Matthews’s eccentric, goofy, and beautifully hair-conditioned older brother. You see, Eric was actually pretty genius in his own right, and eventually became everyone's older brother when things got tough. After all, he was the one who managed to get everyone talking again, after that huge fight in “Seven the Hard Way.” If you haven’t seen it, you’ll want to YouTube it.
With that, here are 25 life lessons, courtesy of Eric Matthews.
1. Life's hard, so be prepared
Little did my five-year-old self realize how true this would be.
2. Inner beauty is everything
Sure, he had a few weak moments as Chantel Dubois in doubting his beauty, but Eric managed to always bounce back, and find a way to maintain his confidence. Now that’s some image positivity we all could use from time to time.
3. Always make yourself heard
No one experienced this more than the show’s beloved teacher and principal, Mr. Feeney.
4. Men can sometimes be... well… idiots
Eric was no stranger to falling short when it came to various situations, including relationships. But what mattered most is that he recognized his downfalls, and always made up for them later. Some men can take many notes.
5. Poetry is a great way to a woman’s heart
Okay, so he may not have gotten far with this one to Bridget, but he did try and that alone is what truly counts.
6. Sometimes, boys and girls have different endgames
Luckily, Cory always had Topanga, and didn’t relate to this.
7. You don’t always have to have the answers
Sometimes, all you have to do is be there for the ones you love.
8. Change isn't always easy
But it can create so many positive ripples in our life.
9. It's always good to be ambitious
But should that not work out...
10. It's good to have a Plan B
And if that falls through, too...
11. Have a Plan C
You know, juuuust in case.
12. Sex Ed 101 with Professor Matthews is now in session
Nothing like instilling fear in your younger sibling to promote abstinence.
13. Remember to take a moment, and celebrate the small victories in life
Every accomplishment counts, you guys.
14. Being beautiful isn't always easy
The struggle is REAL.
15. There's more to ducks than meets the eye
One of the softest and purest statements Eric ever said.
16. Beware the triangle
They're messy, confusing, and no one wants that.
17. No one home = No pants
Comfort is everything.
18. One must know how to make an entrance
Let 'em know you mean business.
Little side note of appreciation for Fred Savages's appearance in this episode.
19. What seems important now probably won't in the future
Everyone experiences this at some point or another, and it's honestly one of the many luxuries of growth.
20. Beware of candles
Especially when near curtains.
21. The element of surprise
22. Find time to tell those who helped shape your life that you love them
I’m not crying... my eyes are just sweating. *wipes tear*
23. If you want to get to the bottom of something, don’t be afraid to ask the hard-hitting questions
And here we see exactly why "Eric Matthews: Good Looking Detective" would've been a success. Refer back to lesson 9.
24. DIY costume hacks
You're welcome, last minute Halloween costume deciders.
25. The importance of friendship
Forever in my top five favourite episodes.
Ergo, Eric Matthews was, is, and always will be one of the most iconic characters of the 90s.