This week, we all got the sad news that Stephen Hillenburg passed away. If you don't know who that is, he's the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. Hillenburg passed away from ALS aka the degenerative muscle disease that sparked the Ice Bucket Challenge back in 2014. He was only 57 which definitely makes his passing that much more tragic. He's the man who created one of the most iconic shows of our childhoods.

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SpongeBob has been on TV for almost 20 years now and some of us honestly have never really known a life without him. Hillenburg created a show that has been with us through the good times and the bad of our childhoods. And even now that we've grown up, SpongeBob is still just as relatable and enjoyable to watch. In fact, you might be surprised just how much more relatable he's actually become.

As kids, we couldn't fully grasp some of the struggles that SpongeBob and his friends went through and instead just enjoyed the kicks and giggles of their crazy antics. But have you watched the show recently?

The SpongeBob characters struggle to adult just like the rest of us. And if you really think about it, SpongeBob could be a life guru. He takes on all the life struggles and still powers through with a smile. Don’t believe us? Well just look at all the life lessons he's taught us.

We all probably grew up hating Squidward. He was such a party pooper. Why couldn't he just be happy right? Well fast forward a few years and haven't we all basically become him? He doesn't like his job, he's depressed, and overall he just hates dealing with people. At least at one point or another, you've been able to relate to him. But SpongeBob is always there for him and even though Squidward acts like he's always annoyed by him, when it comes down to it, he loves SpongeBob. And there's two things we can all learn here. One, we're not alone. We have friends and family who care about us and we need them in our lives, even if they're annoying sometimes. And two, you shouldn't drop a friend just because they're going through stuff. Keep being a friend, just like SpongeBob is to Squidward.

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Another struggle that SpongeBob can help us with? How about always being broke? Even when it seems like you dedicate all your time to working, you never have enough money. SpongeBob is always working and he gets paid like two pennies a week. Technically he's broke and yet, he's still always happy. How?? Well, he does something that he's passionate about. And you know the cliché. Do something you love and you'll never work a day in your life. And like SpongeBob, focusing more on your friends and experiences instead of materialistic things will also mean you can be happy without having a lot of money.

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We all have insecurities. And SpongeBob has them too. When he thought he was ugly, sure he dwelled on it for a bit but then he decided to just accept it and embrace it. He doesn't compare himself to everyone around him. He loves himself how he is and that's definitely something we can all take a note of.

 

Remember that time that SpongeBob put off his writing assignment until the very last minute? Sound familiar? It's safe to say that we've all probably been there. The assignment is hard and boring and there's so many other things that are much more fun to do. We're all guilty of putting things off longer than we should and then racing to get it done at the very last minute. SpongeBob spends all day and night stressing out about his assignment and even though he does get it done in the end, he realizes it was all stress that he could have avoided if he'd just committed from the get go. We can learn from his mistake and try to be better at not procrastinating.

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When we were kids, all we wanted to do was grow up. Now we've grown up and we all wish we could be kids again. SpongeBob went through this when he visited his grandma and decided that he was actually too grown to be a grandma's boy. He was happy for about a minute until he realized all the "childish" things he had moved on from were actually all his favorite things, even his grandma's kisses. Despite people making fun of him, SpongeBob decides not to care what others think and enjoy his time with his grandma. That’s a message we can all relate to. Obviously we can't turn back time and go back to being kids but that doesn't mean we can't still enjoy the same things from childhood. Like watching SpongeBob.

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The great thing is if you find yourself missing your childhood, just turn to SpongeBob. He'll always have your back and we have Stephen Hillenburg to thank for that.

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