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The 8 life lessons we can still learn from ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’

-Apr 3, Hannah Hargrave, Living -

Who better to remind us it’s more than ok to mess up, dress up and confess to moments of failure than the much loved Bridget Jones herself?

Bridget Jones was so much more than a pair of big knickers! This heroine of modern day romantic fiction taught us so many life lessons and here at Lumity we are revisiting them to celebrate the 18-year anniversary of the release of the film ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’.

We live in an era of perfection, where flawless selfies and seemingly picture perfect lives reign on social media, making those of us muddling through our messy lives feel somehow inadequate. So who better to remind us it’s more than ok to mess up, dress up and fess up to moments of failure than the much-loved Bridget Jones herself?

First Impressions Aren’t Always Accurate

Bridget was quick to dismiss poor Mark Darcy and his knitted Christmas jumper while her slick boss Daniel Cleaver looked like everything she’d been dreaming of. But it turned out Mr. Suave wasn’t such a great guy – and a sex addict to boot – and Mark was actually the man of her dreams! Don’t judge a book by it’s cover – or his festive clothing!

Friends Are Fabulous

You can navigate the twists and turns of life when you have good friends by your side. Whether you need a shoulder to cry on, a girlfriend to giggle with or your very own ‘Shazza’ to add some sass and swearing to your life, surround yourself with people who love you, faults and all. 

Check the Dress Code

Double, triple check the dress code before an event! Even if you don’t do something as extreme as turning up to your aunt’s golden wedding party dressed as a Playboy Bunny you can still make an inappropriate wardrobe choice if you’re not careful. Don’t go casual to a cocktail party or miss the fancy dress message just because you didn’t take two minutes to read the invite. 

Related: Dawn French on why it’s ok to make mistakes

Fall But Get Back Up

You’ve probably never done ‘a Bridget’ and slid down a fireman’s pole bearing your knickers or lost your skirt on a subway but you’ve likely done something embarrassing where you’ve wanted the ground to swallow you up. 

In life you fall but you have to get back up. Whether it’s a mere minute of shamefulness or something more monumental, come back fighting. 

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

The world and Colin Firth fell in love with Bridget Jones and her imperfections. Her inability to cook, her verbal diarrhea and her big knickers didn’t make her unappealing, it made her Bridget. Don’t let your quest for perfection take over your life because as Mr. Darcy says you may just be perfect just the way you are.  

Your Weight Doesn’t Define You

You do not have to be defined by the digits on a scale. Be comfortable, healthy and strong in whatever body you’ve been gifted. Jumping on the scales every morning generally won’t bring you joy.

Invest in Self-Care

Bridget was into self-care way before it was classified as a valuable wellness trend. She might not have been into meditation or exercise but she did write down her feelings – hence the movie title. Journaling was her outlet, along with a little at-home karaoke in her pajamas! 

It’s Never Too Late to Achieve Your Dreams

Don’t let your age, your relationship status or fear stop you making the changes you want to make in your life. Bridget refusal to give up – after a few wobbles into a tub of ice cream – reminds us that change is possible at any point in your life. 

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