5 Life Lessons From ‘Mean Girls’
From its iconic quotes to classic high school scenes, ‘Mean Girls’ has made a significant impact on pop culture. Even former President, Barack Obama jumped on the bandwagon, tweeting a famous phrase from the movie.
A fandom celebration takes place on October 3rd after a line in the film when character Aaron Samuels asks Cady Heron what day it is, to which she replies: “October 3rd”.
Despite the number of catfights in this teen comedy film, we often overlook its great life lessons!
Here are five valuable life lessons from this teen movie.
Lesson #1: Stay True To Yourself
This may sound cliché but there is no need to hide your true colours for the sake of fitting in. Though it may be easier to conform to the crowd, nothing great is ever known to come out of it. As a matter of fact, trying hard to fit in only causes greater mental pressure.
For instance, take Cady Heron’s experience of being a new student at North Shore High School. Like any teenager her age, Cady had to face the pressures of fitting in. She so badly wanted to fit in that she willingly lost her individuality.
Was it all worth it in the end? Nope. Everyone turned on her. Through it all, Cady realised the importance of staying true to herself.
Lesson #2: Believe In Yourself
Being constantly put down affects your self-esteem in the long run.
In life, we meet all types of individuals for different reasons. At times, we thank our lucky stars for certain people while there may be instances when we are faced with naysayers who tend to keep our spirits down.
Always stand your ground and believe in your dreams.
The character Gretchen Wiener exhibits this fiery spirit. Despite constantly having her ideas rejected by Regina George, Gretchen continues to make ‘fetch’ happen. It is inspiring how she is able to block out the noise and simply focus on her goals!
(Don’t worry Gretchen, we think your ideas are so fetch!)
Lesson #3: Be Kind To One Another
All of us are fighting our own personal battles. Sometimes, the battle can take a toll on us. Taking it out on others, is never okay!
As Cady famously said, “Calling somebody else fat won’t make you any skinnier. Calling someone stupid doesn’t make you any smarter.”
“All you can do in life is to try to solve the problem in front of you.”
Lesson #4: Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover
An underlying theme of the film is that many of its characters tend to make rash judgments. Ms. Norbury, the students and even Cady were quick to judge each other. Bear in mind there is always more than meets the eye!
Lesson #5: It Never Hurts To Apologise When You Are Wrong
No one is perfect and that is perfectly fine!
It is only normal for us to lose sight along the way. After all, part and parcel of life is about learning from our mistakes. Apologising for your mistakes does not make you less of a person!
Strong bonds are formed when we are willing to admit and genuinely apologise for our shortcomings. In the film, Cady realised her mistakes and was willing to make amends – remember her bold move to apologise publicly to those who were hurt by her actions?
At the end of the day, her true friends were willing to forgive and accept her with open arms.
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