I was raised on Gone With the Wind, my mother was and is completely obsessed. For most of my life I believed the 1939 movie was a cheesy, boring antique. Part of the reason may be because my mother makes it a point to quote Gone With the Wind regularly but in this overly-dramatic fashion. Today I find it adorable but as a child it was a big eye-roll. Last Spring I watched the movie with a nonjudgmental attitude and I must confess, I thought it was brilliant. I now realize what good taste my mother has in movies.
So you can imagine my delight when I came across this book! It was filled with a bunch of mumbo-jumbo like “surviving the spotlight” and “cuss if you need to” and “getting rid of your love addiction” but I found a few nuggets. So here are nine life lessons we learned from Scarlett O'Hara:
1. Charm trumps beauty. Most good, down-to-earth people would rather spend time with someone with charm than beauty. Charming people know how to deliver a compliment, make people feel good about themselves, have a genuine smile, let’s a story be told, let’s people help them, is well-mannered and most of all… listens. I love the quote the author used: “Beauty is all very well at first sight, but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house for three days?” ~George Bernard Shaw
2. Always invest in a good haircut. A nicely styled hairdo goes a long way, even with a mediocre wardrobe. I believe this to be true. You could be the nicest dressed person around, but a bad haircut can ruin it all. Case in point, Donald Trump.
3. Unleash your creativity, know what inspires you and don’t be afraid to experiment. Having your own thing can be a valuable outlet.
4. Celebrate birthdays because having a birthday is so much better than the alternative. Amen!
5. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were? I thought this was good food for thought. The idea behind this was to grow up and control your inner brat. My inner brat is usually an outtie so this was good to read.
6. Girlfriends matter. Unfortunately Scarlett didn’t know this till it was too late. All women need atleast one trusted friend, someone who’s shoulder they can cry on. And let’s face it, good friends and wine make life so much sweeter.
7. Blood really is thicker than water and nothing should matter more.
8. Some things like dishes, arguments and TV really can be put off till tomorrow.
9. And lastly, live your life in the moment.