We all have aspects of ourselves that we hate–no, aspects that we loathe. And through your favorite film characters, *cheesy infomercial narrator voice* you, yes you, can become an even better version of yourself. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for self-love and being the beautiful babe you are, but sometimes you just have to escape from yourself and be someone else for awhile. I’m not saying change your entire personality, just get rid of the things you don’t like, and by doing that, your life will become trés magnifique. For example, I have always been crippling awkward, to the point where I knew that if I didn’t change, I would self-destruct. I was tired of hating my quiet voice and timid personality, so I transformed myself from an Angela to a Rayanne (My So-Called Life). By replacing my painful, Angela-esque meekness, with Rayanne Graff’s courageousness, I slowly began to enjoy my own company. You don’t have to go to extreme lengths to change yourself; just find an inspirational character and have a little faith. Nevertheless, it doesn’t even have to be a character from the media! Steal from people that you know in real life! If the girl in your algebra class has an infectious way of laughing, and you think you sound like a dying whale, by all means, try to adopt her laugh! Don’t think of it as being a “copycat,” because no one is original, everything is a copy of a copy of a copy; but don’t worry, I’m not trying to brainwash you with that line as if I were Tyler Durden… but for now, we’ll stick to stealing from media characters.
Let’s say you want to transform, but not so much that you become a completely different person. This is where good ol’ 90s TV comes in. Let’s take a look at our most-cherished heroine, Lindsay Weir, shall we? Our favorite protagonist from Freaks and Geeks ditched the Mathletes to hang with the infamous (but so incredibly cute) “freaks.” Wearing your dad’s old army jacket isn’t necessary, but it would make you look pretty badass. There’s also the fact that you don’t have to ditch your old friends, just to have new ones. I know approaching new people is frightening, but it’s worth it. And trust me, this is coming from someone who once spelt their name wrong during a speech because of nerves. In the same light, what’s the worst that could happen? “They might laugh at me,” “What if I stumble over my words,” “What if they don’t like me?” Well, those are all very lame excuses; plus, you didn’t hear Lindsay saying any of those things, did you? What if Lindsay never sat at the lunch table with Kim and Daniel? We would have sat through a very long, very drab series consisting of watching the Mathletes do homework. You’ll never experience life fully if you sit idle by and let it pass you by. In the long run, you’re more likely to regret not taking a chance and talking to them, then if you had attempted, even if it did go horribly wrong. We all saw how hard it was for Lindsay to be accepted by the “freaks,” and how hard it was for her old friends to accept her changes, but if she can do it, you can do it. Collect all your self-confidence, and steal a bit of Lindsay’s determination, and soon, you’ll be hanging out with your very own Daniel Desario.
Even though you can change yourself for the better, there are some things you should refrain from doing. Do not be a Sandy. If you are unaware as to whom I am referring to, watch the 1978 movie Grease. Essentially, a rather innocent girl, named Sandy Olsen, falls in love with bad-boy greaser Danny Zuko. After many attempts, made by Sandy, of trying to get him to publicly admit his love for her, she finally attains his attention by adorning a tight leather outfit and out-of-character heels. The pretext of it all is very fallacious; for example, she exchanges her poodle-skirt for a cigarette and her fresh-faced look for dark-sultry makeup. There would be nothing misconstrued about her, if she had done all that because she wanted to look that way, but since it was all a delusive way to get Danny to accept her, it majorly is. There’s no denying she looked like a babe in those final scenes, but she did it all so a guy would look at her. DO NOT CHANGE FOR A GUY. I repeat, DO NOT CHANGE FOR A GUY. By all means, change for yourself, but under no circumstance should you change for someone else. The male gaze is lame anyways: you don’t want it, and you don’t need it. Just know that you are a fierce babe that doesn’t need the approval of men, and that your self worth is not determined by how many skeezy heads you turn.
The final character used for inspiration today is the one and only Jenny Humphrey. Played by the self-titled “high-class hooker” Taylor Momsen, Jenny Humphrey goes through many changes on the CW’s Gossip Girl. When we first meet her, she is a naive, young girl from Brooklyn. She soon learns that to “make it,” she has to be tough. As awful of a show Gossip Girl can be, I believe that Jenny has helped unlock my inner independence. If you watch the show, you can see her gradual transition from a naive “princess” to a rebellious queen. Take heed from ol’ Humphrey, if you want something, believe in yourself and take what you want, don’t let anyone get in your way! Stop getting walked all over by demanding respect. Learn a lesson or two with her help that it’s better to stand out and be yourself than succumb to pressure and follow the pack. In contrast, following her every move isn’t ideal. Try to avoid becoming a drug mule (and sleeping with your enemy’s boyfriend for revenge) while on your path to confidence and success. And with that, you’ll be on your way to becoming a fierce queen and ruler of your school in no time.
There’s no doubt these characters have helped me develop into the person I am today, and the person I’ve avoided becoming. I hope they help you too! Good luck and *je te crois! **I believe in you**