Top 6 love lessons from ‘Yumi’s Cells’
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(In photo: Kim Go-eun and Ahn Bo-hyun in ‘Yumi’s Cells’)

Warning: Spoilers

The season 1 ending of Yumi’s Cells was heartbreaking. Many were rooting for Kim Yumi (played by Kim Go-eun of ‘Goblin’ fame) and Goo Woong (played by Ahn Bo-hyun of ‘Itaewon Class’ fame) even if, at first, they seemed like an awkward pair.

If you haven’t watched this Korean romcom series, it’s about this unlikely couple. The quirky office girl who’s mad for love. The hipster left-brained game developer.

Based on a popular webtoon, what’s interesting about this K-drama is that you actually see their brain cells (in animation form) navigating the game of love.

Here are some lessons in love from Yumi’s Cells:

1. Speak your truth.

Sometimes in love, people try to suppress how they really feel for fear of disappointing their partner.

Yumi learned to be honest about her feelings. If your partner truly cares about you, they will try their best to see things from your perspective.

2. Cut off toxic people who can harm your relationship.

Woong’s long-time female friend, Sae-Yi, was invasive and meddlesome.

Yumi put her foot down on Woong’s unhealthy friendship with Sae-Yi. While it was difficult for Woong at first, it eventually made Yumi and Woong’s relationship grow stronger.

3. Learn to manage your pride.

Woong had issues with marriage and self-worth. This escalated when he experienced financial problems and he had to live with Yumi.

The problem was that his pride prevented him from talking about his feelings. In relationships, one must communicate openly even if means lowering one’s pride.

(Photo: Yumi’s brain cells navigating the game of love)

4. Preserve your individuality.

Even in a relationship, one must preserve his or her own identity. Yumi felt lost when she and Woong were in a cooling-off period.

She did not know what to do on her own. One must maintain his or her own hobbies and interests even in a relationship.

5. Balance your priorities.

In a relationship, you have to balance yourself and your partner as number 1 priority. It can’t be one or the other.

Yumi’s number 1 priority was Woong. But Woong’s number 1 priority was himself. This is a bad combination. Partners must be willing to compromise.

6. You are the hero in your life.

As one of the cells reminded Yumi, you can’t let someone else be the hero in your life.

You can be in a relationship, and still take responsibility for your own happiness, choices and decisions.

Looking forward to season 2 of Yumi’s Cells!

(PSH-NP)


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