Happy Wednesday y'all! Are you wearing pink? I am.
Can you believe Mean Girls came out today 10 years ago? That makes us old y'all. I know the first time watching this movie was with my sorority sisters at a beach retreat but I can't even tell you how many times I've watched it since then, let's just say a lot. Some of the stars of that movie have done really well, others have kinda disappeared, and some well, not so much. But I'm not really one for discussing celebrities so in honor of the 10 year anniversary I have 10 lessons that I learned from Mean Girls, so listen up biotches . . . .
1. You can only wear your hair in a ponytail once a week
Ok, so the "mean girls" might be a little image obsessed but in general I like the idea of not dressing casual too often. At most offices jeans are only allowed once a week which is also a mean girls fashion rule. There's nothing wrong with being a little casual once in a while but if you're looking to reflect an image of polish and poise don't make it your regular thing.
2. Never dumb yourself down for a guy
Cady almost loses her chance with Aaron because she pretends to suck at math, and that's just dumb. True story: I went on a date with a guy who asked me if I knew that in a corporate liquidation bond holders receive a distribution with precedence over stock holders. My answer: yes. This guy was apparently trying to be super impressive with this fancy (not really) knowledge and got pretty upset about this, but as I pointed out I have a Master's in Finance so yes I'm aware of the pro and cons of various forms of investment. It was our 2nd and last date. Point being yes ladies, there will be guys out there who can't handle you being smart but those aren't the kind of guys worth your time.
3. Don't write things down you don't want coming back to you
Always talk face to face first if you have a problem with someone. I know lots of people, myself included, who sent a bad email that should have never been sent. It's ok to get mad, get hurt and maybe be a little crazy but cool off and then approach the issue because once you put something negative out there it's there and it has to be addressed.
4. Don't say mean things over the phone
You never know who is listening or recording you. It's sad but true (side eye to Donald Sterling). So again, talk face to face. On that note, be carefully gossiping in public, you never know who knows who.
5. Butter does in fact have carbs
Shortcuts really don't create long term positive results. At almost 30 I'm still trying to accept this one when it comes to dieting vs healthy lifestyle choices. It would be nice to say oh, I'm going to only eat these protein bars for a month and viola meet my goals but that's just not how the body works.
6. The real you is always better than you trying to be someone else
Probably one of my favorite scenes is when Regina has holes cut in her tank top, wears it anyway and sparks a trend. Everyone looks so silly you can't help but laugh out loud. But then at prom Cady gives her moving speech about everyone looking so great - when the girls focus on being the best version of themselves rather than copying the popular girl is when they really look, and more importantly feel, good. Ok, and a little piece of the prom queen crown doesn't hurt.
7. If you focus on negativity too much it will become a part of you
At once point Cady becomes a "mean girl" herself. She spends so much time focused on Regina she becomes just like her. Someone you don't like isn't worth that much of your time and energy because the negativity will grow within your heart and will take you, so don't let it in.
8. Carelessness hurts others
When Cady's party causes her mother's tribal vase to be lost her mother is really upset. As yes, it's not like Cady went and smashed it to pieces but actions have consequences , sometimes negative ones. And the vase is found but it's not about that, it's about lying to the parents and showing disrespect for their home. A careless action that only takes a moment to make can take a long time to heal, choose your words, and your actions carefully.
9. Girlfriends are awesome, but women can also be a little crazy
In the end, friendship wins but Cady is comparing the rituals of teen girls to animals in the wild all throughout the movie and it's funny because it's true. Love your friends like they deserve to be loved but also watch out for the crazy.
10. You can always reinvent yourself
I know people who are stuck in the idea of who they were in high school - I graduated 12 years ago. That's a long time to hold onto something that may or may not still be true. So what if you were a nerd in high school, or a jock or even a "mean girl". In life we get to move on, become someone different in college or as an adult. Unless you commit a major crime chances are what you did at 16 or even 22 won't make who you are at 30. Youth is the opportunity to learn from our mistakes and become a better person for them.
So, wow lots of deep life lessons from a "silly movie" as some think it is. There's plenty of other good stuff in this movie but these are just 10 things I could think of. So happy anniversary Mean Girls and happy we wear pink day to all you you.
Love ya! Bye.