I am a little bit obsessed with the film Legally Blonde. I know it's not up there with the greats, but the script is silly and clever; my face pack always cracks at the one-liners, no matter how much I try not to laugh. This, for me, is the film to watch if I'm feeling a bit low or unwell. It lifts my spirits because it's absurd but also educational. There is a moral, people, to this little story. It goes something like: 'believe in yourself' and 'have faith in others'. You could even argue that Elle Woods is a feminist of sorts. : )
There are a few snippets from this film which I think can applied to life in general: Elle wants to leave law school when she learns that she's been treated in a certain way because of her sexuality. She feels a fraud. She says that she's 'fed up of trying to be someone I'm not', and her friend (lover boy to be), asks her: 'what if you're trying to be someone you are?' I love that.
My favourite bit however, hands down, has to be when Elle's female professor catches her blubbing over her male professor's behaviour and the resulting feelings of low self-worth. The female professor looks her in the eye and says 'if you're going to let one stupid prick ruin your life...you're not the girl I thought you were.'
Aren't there times when we've given one person an awful lot of power over our existence? Maybe it was a boyfriend, the school bully, a best friend, a boss or relative. You can love or hate someone and still feel as though they are pulling the strings to your puppet. Stepping back though, and logically assessing the situation, it seems very reckless to give any one human being that much power to lower our self esteem or joie de vivre.