Let me be the first person to say that Rachel Green is my least favorite character in Friends. I truly believe that deep down inside that I am Chandler Bing reincarnated into a small, Asian body (I can explain later, hahaha) However.
If you look back in Rachel's life, especially during season 1, her life is...well out of control. She left the altar because she realizes that she doesn't love the man she's marrying. When she left the altar, she also left the lavish lifestyle that her family lived in. Rachel was swimming in debt and was essentially jobless. It wasn't until a certain poker game did her struggle finally hit that low point. She lost a job that she wanted and was basically on her own. With the exception of leaving the altar and a job that feels completely useless in, I can definitely relate to the overall lack on control in life. Why? Because there was a period where I didn't have any sort of control, and I was going in a downward spiral that is affected my health, my relationships, and my overall outlook in life.
Post-grad has not really been the easiest ride. My goal was to stay in San Diego for another year or two, mostly because taking off the training wheels & relocating isn't something I'm ready for. But choosing to stay in San Diego was choosing a life that wasn't comfortable. I'm starting off that adult life with lightning speed, but with pretty stressful consequences. While job hunting, I was jumping from couch to couch (still am), praying to get interviews for jobs that would get my career started. For the first month or so there was the ever looming silence from employers. That, on top of finding a place to stay and handling issues outside of my control, being in San Diego was a great challenge, but it also affected my mental health. There is so much anxiety and stress during the postgrad transition, and in a way, I was reaching that same low point that Rachel had. Rachel was trying to get some sort of victory--any victory will do and winning the poker game was that victory.
For me? My poker game win is being immensely blessed with a full-time job that is a great learning experience. It may not be in the career that I want to be in, but what I've learned is to take what I can get and cherish all victories--big or small. If you take each accomplishment as a small win in life's big poker game (see what I did there?), the post-grad transition comes off not as hard.
There are still some aspects of my life that are still under construction, but I've come to realize that I take the good days as they come, & the bad days should be not penalized or criticized, but rather taken with a grain of salt and a sign that not everything will always be good and perfect. As cliche as it sounds, there is beauty in the struggle, and one should really learn how to trust the process.
Rachel managed to her poker game (to an extent, we all know Ross did something), and I'm in the process of winning mine.