Now before I begin, you should know this is a bit more crown inspired than cows.
I’m the type of person who has a thousand favorites. Twenty favorite books, ten favorite TV shows, never a favorite cow, but one thing has stayed consistent since I was about 10. I have three favorite movies. Tombstone, Dances with Wolves and Thelma & Louise. And yes, I was 10 when these were my favorites, my father figured if I could live with him and his sailor mouth that these were cake walks.
Now as I was sitting in my apartment listening to some Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson while sipping on some excellent whiskey (does this sound like a start to a great country song or what?!) I started to think about Thelma & Louise. If you’ve ever seen the movie you probably know which character you are more like. I took a silly little quiz and as no surprise the following is what I got as my answer…
Louise: You’re strong-willed, opinionated, and can persevere through anything. You see people for who they truly are, and you’re not afraid to take a stand against evil. Your adventurous and spontaneous attitude always makes for some meaningful memories. Things don’t always turn out how you hope, but your positivity is a strong force that outweighs any negativity.
Obviously I had to watch the movie then. And you can’t watch Thelma & Louise without a few more glasses of whiskey. So after about two hours and whole lot of popcorn and whiskey this is what I have to say about it. There were multiple quotes in the movie that I think all women (and men, but mostly women) need to start taking to heart…
“You get what you settle for”
Preach it Louise! Probably nothing more truthful. I have never been one to settle for anything less than what I think I deserve, and if I don’t get it in the first try, why you can bet I am trying for it again. Being at a university filled with so many young women with such great potential it shocks me the amount of girls who settle for second best, or for a boy, or for friends who let them down. NO. If it doesn’t make you happy, if it doesn’t make you feel good about yourself or if it doesn’t help you achieve your goals in some way or form you leave that crap behind. You leave it there and walk away with a little shake in your step.
“You’ve always been crazy, this is just the first chance you’ve had to express yourself.”
I don’t take this as “wow, you’re a psycho dipped in crazy sauce” but more like a “wow, you’ve finally let your hair down and found a great portion of yourself” kind of crazy. Some people take themselves so extremely seriously. It could be that they don’t want to disappoint someone close to them or they are afraid of what others might say or don’t want to do something “out of the ordinary”. Screw that. If you worry about what everyone else thinks about you, you will never be happy. Life is not about pleasing everyone else, it’s about finding the version of you that makes you the happiest. And if people don’t like it, evidently they aren’t meant to be apart of your life and they will end up like this loud mouth truck driver who got what he deserved. PS-manners are important.
“We’ll be drinking margaritas by the sea, mamacita.”
Well this is pretty explainable. Life is better with margaritas and the ocean. Also, I may be converting to a snow bird.
With an extra shot of patron, please!
“No matter what happens, I’m glad I came with you.”
Not that this is very uplifting but it’s the meaning behind it. You always need a good friend to lean on, to go along with your crazy adventures, to stick up for you when you can’t and to be your biggest supporter. If you don’t have one of those friends, you need to look around at who you’re keeping company with. Now I know that Thelma & Louise is a silly chick flick, but I love the meaning behind it all. You’re a woman. Be confident. Have your friends backs. Adventures are necessary in life. Don’t put up with crap. Have manners. I could honestly keep going on, but what I’m trying to say is I am thankful I have friends that I would go anywhere with, just hopefully never to jail.
The last quote didn’t come from the movie, but I think it goes right along with the theme of this all.
“Well behaved women rarely make history” – this was probably made up by some woman waiting for bail at the county jail.
I’m not saying you should by any means get the Arkansas state patrol to follow you off a cliff kind of misbehave. What I am saying is, be confident in your pursuits and if what you’re doing is positively effecting your life keep immensely active in it. Not everything you do in life will be approved by your family, friends or peers, but if it’s getting you wherever you’re going then that’s great. Just hopefully not over a cliff…