Whether you’re watching “Legally Blonde” for the first time or the fortieth time, you know Elle Woods is a true icon. Girl got into Harvard Law School when everyone was doubting her, left her sexist ex-boyfriend in the dust, dodged predatory creeps in her workplace, supported other women and kicked ass in her career. She is the ultimate hero you can always turn to when your days get a little bleak and you need to snap them up. Here are nine truths “Legally Blonde” taught us (and continues to remind us) about life.
1. Go for your dreams, no matter how crazy they sound.
Let your dreams motivate you to make even the smallest, incremental changes. That’s how you reach what may seem like an unreachable goal. Everyone around you might not understand, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
2. Don’t let anyone tell you what you are or aren’t capable of.
The only person who truly knows your limitations is you. If someone thinks you can’t get into Harvard, prove them wrong. Do the work, study hard, work harder and don’t let anyone slow you down and tell you that you can’t do it.
3. Your real friends are the ones who support all of your goals.
Your real friends are the ones who will shop for the perfect outfit with you and help you prep for the important test, business meeting or interview. Those are the people you want to keep around forever.
4. It’s okay to aim high.
You can and should apply for jobs, schools and promotions where you don’t fit 100 percent of the criteria. (And women are notorious for sticking too closely to job descriptions.) It’s always worth a shot to aim high because you’re capable of more than you think.
5. Own the little things that make you feel extra confident.
If a pink pen makes you feel more ready to take on the day, then buy a pack of pink pens and run with it. People who make fun of other people’s quirks are stupid and probably don’t have a lot of joy in their days anyway. Rock that fluffy notebook (or beige planner) if it makes you happy.
6. Sometimes, you gotta let yourself wallow.
We all need days where we let ourselves feel. Bottling up feelings does no one any favors, so it’s okay to have a day where you eat that extra chocolate and watch a whole lotta TV. Just sit in some sadness and pull yourself out of it the next day.
7. You don’t have to compete with other women.
Society does us a disservice in training women to feel like we’re always competing with other women. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Just like Elle and Vivian’s eventual friendship reveals, we all get farther and succeed more when we lift each other up, celebrate each other’s victories and assist each other with our respective challenges.
8. Know when to walk away from people who don’t appreciate you.
Some people will never be able to see past their first impression of you or the person they think you are. If someone doesn’t think you’re good enough to be their employee, friend or even significant other, it’s time to walk away and find people who do appreciate you.
9. Never doubt yourself.
Let’s just let Elle take this one. As she says in the movie after she’s blown everyone’s expectations out of the water, “You must always have faith in people, and most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself.”