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So right now I should be creating a post to tell you about my wonderful trek on the Fife Coastal Trail and my recent trip to Edinburgh, but instead I’m going to tell you about the three fictional characters that describe me and why…because, well, why not?
In choosing these, however, I realized I was really picking my childhood heroines: the women I wanted to grow up and become, not necessarily the girl/woman I was/am. And I thought that was interesting — I think many of us doing this “challenge” are ultimately choosing the characters we admired as kids, while hoping, real hard, that we grew up to be like them.
I’ll go in order of my introduction to each one:
1. Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”
Bell is undoubtedly the best Disney princess in my mind because she’s smart and not shallow. She loves books, and she learns to love the Beast for who he is (didn’t even make him shave his chest hair!). Plus, she loves her dad, and family loyalty is such an important thing. When I was younger, I devoured books, so a princess who loved books like me was pretty much my idol.
2. Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo from “The Princess Diaries”
A.k.a. Mia — a super awkward, uncoordinated, not-cool girl who managed to become a princess. You can see “princess” is a theme here. Mia is such an awesome character because she’s a real-life princess who has no idea how to princess. Like Mia, I’m klutzy and — goodness gracious — before high school, I was rocking the frizzy hair and glasses (see picture above…). She was my hope that someday I wouldn’t be so seriously awkward and my prince would come. Plus, she learned that being “cool” and getting the school stud does not equal happiness, which is a lesson we all need to learn and remember.
3. Rory Gilmore from “Gilmore Girls”
I say this one with some hesitation, because the majority of my exposure to Rory is first-season with a dabbling of all the other seasons from out-of-order re-runs that ran while I was a kid. I just recently started re-watching the series in order, so I’m not a “Gilmore Girls” expert the way I am with “How I Met Your Mother.” But Rory is a book-loving, academic goddess who doesn’t necessarily fit in, but has great friends and loves her awesome mom. And coffee.
Before I came to college and realized I was not really that smart, school was “my thing,” so Rory made loving school admirable. Plus, my mom is my best friend (besides my husband), and we love coffee about as much as Rory and Lorelai (but not as much, because that’s impossible). We have bonded over morning and afternoon coffee time since I was in the 8th grade, and we are always sending each other coffee-related pins. I just wish I could be as witty as Rory — her banter is fantastic.
The one thing that all these women have in common? Even though they were never the “cool girls,” they managed to be the stars of the show. I think this really resonated with me — and thousands of other girls — who didn’t really feel like they fit in, but hoped to achieve great things. To Belle, Mia, and Rory — thanks for inspiring me 🙂 Someday, I hope to grow up to be just like you!
Who are your three? And why?