15 Life Lessons from Bridget Jones on the Movie's 15th Anniversary
5. A bad cook does not a bad human, spouse, partner, or roommate, make.
Try as you might, not every day of your life will be classified as a "win." By some unfortunate twist of fate, you may find yourself slipping on the one and only Snickers wrapper on your block; maybe that work project you tackled last week didn't turn out quite as you'd hoped; perhaps your skirt was just a bit too loose, bearing your least appealing knickers for a solid hour as you weathered the never-ending tube ride home.
These things just happen. The only way to get through them? A determined, optimistic mindset.
On the 15th anniversary of Bridget Jones's Diary, we've collected 15 of Bridget's most quality life lessons, reminding you that no matter how tough the going gets, it is always possible to lose the weight.
Check them out below.
1. The right person for you is often someone you've overlooked.
A year from now, when you're sitting next to your significant other, drinking wine and watching The Voice, you may very well take a look at them and think, "I cannot believe you were right under my nose the whole time."
2. Contrary to popular belief, first impressions are not always the most accurate.
Be impressed not by an individual's persona, but by their person.
3. No matter your circumstances, always rock what you've got.
Your intention may not have been to cause a scene, but now that that scene is caused, that scene should be the grandest anyone has ever witnessed.
4. Your mom might be a strange creature from a time when people thought toothpicks were still the height of sophistication, making her believe it's acceptable to describe your outfits as looking like you've wandered out of Auschwitz.
The barriers of time cannot always be breached. Handle accordingly, or in other words, with incredible patience and poise, whenever humanly possible.
5. A bad cook does not a bad human, or spouse, or partner, or roommate, make.
This is why we have Postmates.
6. Scales are well and truly out of style, not to mention that the number "136" will (and has) never been a problem.
In the name of all that is good and cheesy, why would you ever allow yourself to be defined by three — or any — digits?
7. Courage is sticking up for what you believe in, even when you look ridiculous doing so.
If someone's prone to judging you for poor coordination, they'd have found a thousand other ways to judge you regardless.
8. The only thing you can truly believe is a thing you witness with your own eyes.
If someone demonstrates their ass-hattedness in your personal presence, that's one thing, but buying into a rumor could mean missing out on something great.
9. You're far too busy and important, tell everyone to leave you alone.
Confidence. Confidence is key.
10. At least one day in your life will be so mortifying, you won't want to go out in public any longer. Ride this feeling until it burns out, it'll make you better.
I say again, this is why we have Postmates.
11. You are the intellectual equal of everyone else here.
As the flawed beings that we are, we often speak down to ourselves, undermining our own worth. No matter who else is in the room, don't under estimate yourself — everyone starts somewhere.
The only person who is not your intellectual equal? The one who tries to make you feel less than.
12. Asking where the restrooms are is always a great way to get out of a conversation.
Keep this one in your treasury of awkward moment enders.
13. Be careful how you answer the phone, because it's quite possible your mom doesn't want to know you're a wanton sex goddess, right?
Just a thought.
14. Don't trust anyone who's tangerine-tinted.
No one who can be rightly described by a fruit is a quality addition to your life, so there.
15. Childish fun is good. Childish decisions are bad.
Be sure to take note of the differences, and keep your fool detector strong.