It’s one of those movies that’s commonly on your list of must-haves for a quiet pyjama-clad night in. It makes you laugh and realize it’s okay if you don’t have everything figured out right now.
Whether or not you feel as if Bridget Jones’s Diary is your own life reincarnated on the big screen, there are some great life lessons you can take away from this clumsy but lovable singleton.
1. Don’t sweat the small stuff: Whether you’ve been caught in an intimate moment wearing your granny panties, or had a closeup of your behind plastered across television screens everywhere, embarrassment is just a part of life. When something happens, you can either crawl into a hole, or embrace the next adventure that comes your way. Do the latter, or your likely to be a lot happier.
2. It’s never too late to for a fresh start: Whether your making a change to your lifestyle, your love life, or taking a leap of faith with a new career, if there’s something you want, go after it.
3. Don’t use a negative name association to remember someone: Instead, Build Your Memory suggests breaking down the name into smaller parts, like taking Mr. Johnson, and thinking “John’s Son.” When you use a negative association, it’s all too easy to slip up and call someone Mr. Titspervert rather than Mr. Fitzherbert.
4. Fake it ’til you make it: If your hair looks like something out of an ’80s rock video and you run into the person you hate the most, keep your head held high like you just invented the modern bob. But maybe keep a comb or a hair clip with you just in case if emergencies.
5. Triple check the dress code: It’s always better to double, neigh, triple check that it’s a theme or costume party before attending: Or perhaps Bridget Jones and Elle Woods actually teach us that a Playboy bunny costume is always a questionable idea.
6. Never be “that girl” from the office party: If the only way you can enjoy karaoke is by getting beyond drunk, it’s probably best you skip your turn at the mic.
7. Forget the haters: According to Picturebox’s movie blog, Renée Zellweger had to win over more than the fictitious characters she shared the screen with. Behind the scenes, many were unhappy with the decision to cast her in the role of “Helen Fielding’s diary-writing singleton.” The article stated that many were pushing for actresses such as Kate Winslet or Toni Collette. But thankfully, just like Bridget, Zellweger ignored the scrutiny, giving us the awesome character we know and love today.
8. Never get swamped by your beauty regime: Despite Bridget famously saying “Being a woman is worse than being a farmer there is so much harvesting and crop spraying to be done: legs to be waxed, underarms shaved, eyebrows plucked, feet pumiced, skin exfoliated and moisturised, spots cleansed, roots dyed, eyelashes tinted, nails filed, cellulite massaged, stomach muscles exercised.” Being yourself as Bridget eventually discovered means you’ll attract someone who loves you just the way you are!
9. Mother knows best: “Don’t say ‘what,’ say ‘pardon,’ darling, and do as your mother tells you.” -Bridget Jones
10. You’re amazing. Find someone who knows it! Above all, Bridget Jones taught us that you should find the one who likes you just as you are.
The Fabulous Times