When I was younger I wanted to be Britney Spears. She seemed to have it all - the body, the career, the success. And she still does today. But I want to be like her for different reasons now in 2016. After everything she’s been through, I admire her strength, her determination and her ability to rise up from it all and be a stronger, better person because of it.
We’re in a girl boss generation. A time where confidence and a kick-ass mentality are top of the agenda. So we owe it to ourselves to be the best version of ourselves we can be. It doesn’t mean you have to ace everything you do, but to find what parts of life you can yell ‘I’ve got this.’ We’ve all seen the ‘You have the same hours as Beyonce’ quote and it’s true. You also have the same hours as Brit.
They’ve never let shortcomings control them or overcome their lives. In her Marie Claire interview Brit talks about living in the now: “What I do know now is that I don’t believe in the happy ever after. I just believe in happy right now. And I’m very grateful for that."
Whether it’s love, your career, friends or family, believe in yourself to overcome it. Believe you should lead the best life, and know when you’re not on the right path. “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think” - A.A. Milne said this and repeat it to yourself every damn day. Each day is a lesson. It’s no coincidence you get wiser with age.
Back in school I was always reported as ‘quiet’ and ‘shy’ but life and the lessons I’ve been through have made me anything but. I speak up when I don’t agree with something, I laugh a little louder and the people in my life have given me confidence to achieve just about anything. But I’ve also hung tightly to being okay on my own. Fall in love with yourself (not cockily of course), relish in your own company, be at peace with the silence and know you can stem your own happiness and strength without your crew. When you reach that - it takes a lot for anything to knock you. Because you know what that is? Content-ness.
Just this weekend I got chatting to a girl at a party. She asked me how old I was, to which I replied “25." She paused and then said “I’ve got a few years then” (she was 23) to which I questioned “to what?” and she answered “to be as cool as you.” In school I was never the cool girl and anyone who knows the real me, the dork who’s always running 100 miles an hour at life and wings most of what she does, I’m still not cool really. But to her, I was, for some reason, a little bit of an inspiration, and that’s okay by me.
The worst days only have 24 hours in them. Go get life. Go be strong. Be like Brit. Be like Beyonce. I’m off to be the girl the girl from the party thought I was, because if only for one night, I was the cool girl. Insert sassy girl emoji here.