Iggy Azalea isn’t the only person who idolizes Cher from Clueless. As an avid fan of the iconic 90s film, I can say that Cher has the dream life: the robotic closet, the perfectly straight blond hair, the sassy best friend, the fix-up Jersey buddy, the cute white jeep, and the ability to make everybody fall in love with her.
While Clueless and its star are often deemed to be fluffy “chick flick” material, I have to disagree; I learned an incredible number of things about myself, others, and the world from the film. In honor of its 20th anniversary, here is a list of what I learned from Clueless:
1. Driving in heels is hard – I mean really hard.
While my driving skills have improved since I last blogged about them, I attempted to drive in wedges and basically lost all of my abilities as soon as I accelerated. Yet somehow, driving barefoot is even more difficult for me.
2. Don’t get too involved in other people’s lives.
People need to be able to make their own decisions, and with those, their own failures and mistakes. Cher makes over her friend Tai only to find that she has created a self-absorbed “monster” with an ugly inside. When she stops worrying about Tai, Cher finds peace with herself, inner empowerment, and respectful love.
3. It’s not always you.
Often I have realized that the whole “it’s not me, it’s you” concept is perfectly valid on some social situations. Sometimes people just won’t like you for who you are, and you won’t like them for whatever reason. It is important to note that you do not have to change who you are for anyone, especially if you aren’t being disliked for something truly harmful.
4. That said, sometimes you can learn from people.
I would not be the first person to call myself “cool,” so I do try to learn from my friends and strangers. There is nothing wrong with changing yourself based on what others say if you are doing it for your own pleasure!
5. It’s alright to wait for something special.
I only dated one person in high school, and I am not necessarily searching for a relationship right now. Some people date in a serial manner, which is completely fine, but it’s also absolutely okay to wait to be with someone. Cher was selective in her taste for guys and had to stand her ground when she was asked why she didn’t date. She just wasn’t interested in high school guys; whatever your story is, stick by it and don’t compromise your beliefs for your friends.
6. We should be more accepting of each other.
Fun fact: I represented Haiti at a Model United Nations conference as an inside joke about the Haitian monologue Cher gave. Moving on…
America is a melting pot of many cultures. Cher makes a great point in her speech about accepting immigrants into American society, as our individual heritages all trace back to immigration.
7. Just don’t forget to turn the oven off.
So I guess since I have learned a lot from Clueless already, I don’t have to watch it again, right?