Sidekicks are found everywhere. That superstar friend turns out to be a lot more essential than anyone gives credit.
All things of value require hard work. The same is true of work in fiction. Work is required of characters, writers, and worlds.
Everyone experiences a rough year at some point. However, that is no reason to not rise up like a hero fighting for a happily ever after.
The timeless rivalry of boys vs. girls points out that differences exist, but that's a good thing. On both sides Individuality exists as well.
An old story is never boring, but material to learn from and build a new story. This part of the year I think a lot about the stories that got me here.