I know, I know. You’re probably wondering why on Earth am I celebrating the International Women’s Day with Bridget Jones. Especially this year, when the women empowerment is stronger than ever, and after a year that showed us so many amazing strong ladies whose example we should all follow… shouldn’t I be celebrating one of them? Or if she was to be fictional than somebody like Wonder Woman perhaps?

Wonder Woman has indeed been my first choice. I thought what better film to celebrate womanhood with. It is after all such an empowering film to watch. Yes. Wonder Woman is great and would definitely make an awesome pick for this day. But… I’m still gonna go with Bridget Jones. Why? Well… because Bridget Jones is one of us.

Yes. Bridget Jones is far from perfect. She screws up, sometimes monumentally, she often talks before thinking things through (oh hi, me too!) and is the perfect embodiment of the words ‘I came, I saw, I made it awkward’.

She’s in her thirties, single and doesn’t exactly have a body of one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels. And her family? Well, that’s a whole new chapter. Can you relate?

I’m actually pretty sure you can, which is exactly why I think Bridget Jones is the one woman to be celebrated.

Because despite all those imperfections, despite all those super awkward situations she gets herself into and despite all her mistakes and the times she feels like the smallest and the most insignificant person in the world, she never gives up and what’s more – she always walks away with her head held high.

Just think what life’s thrown at you already. You’ve turned disasters into triumphs with your sheer, joyful, indefatigable, infectious lust for life. You’ve managed this entire pregnancy almost entirely on your own, despite a lunatic mother, repressed men, and boyfriends who don’t deserve you.

Indeed. Bridget Jones might not look it, but she’s in fact one hell of a strong woman! She knows her worth and even if she’s not entirely sure what she’ll do next, she makes the right decisions, because she doesn’t compromise her self-worth nor who she is. And I think we all need to take an example of that.

If I can’t make it with you then I can’t make it with anyone. – Daniel

That’s not a good enough offer for me. – Bridget

I’m not gonna lie to you – it took me very long time to actually come to appreciate Bridget Jones. When the first film became a hit, I was a teenager and from all I’ve heard about it, I thought it’s just another story of a fat girl who feels sorry for herself. Oh my, I couldn’t have been more wrong (and then again, she’s not even fat, c’mon!). Unfortunately, at that time, I kinda had the attitude of ignoring films that everyone seemed to love and I was doing that on purpose. Yep, this girl used to have quite some prejudice, lol! Though mostly just in the film sphere (I promise I’ve never been that horrible to people – in that sense I’ve actually always been very open-minded). I just hated the hype certain films created. And when certain people around me loved them (people I wasn’t really fond of) I had a habit of deciding those films were not for me. Long gone are those days. Luckily!

However that meant, I have only discovered Bridget Jones for myself in my twenties – and I immediately thought gosh, I wish I was more like her! Something I certainly wasn’t expecting.

I completely fell in love with her sense of humour and her brilliant self-criticism. But I also admired her for withstanding all those awkward situations… No, they have not been easy, and clearly it’s not like she didn’t care she made a fool of herself.. But somehow she always managed to shake it off. Remember when she arrived to her family’s party in the rabbit costume cause they forgot to inform her they changed the theme and therefore she was looking totally ridiculous and felt completely humiliated? Yes, at first she wanted to hide somewhere and never come back. But then.. then she just embraced the situation as it was and went along with it. My hero right there. I think I would die (or cry) and definitely run away 😀

What I love most about Bridget Jones is the real life aspect. I mean, so many times throughout watching the film I thought – yes, that’s what would happen to me! Bridget’s life is not the fake stylized perfection seen in other films. This is REAL life. Meaning you will wear that huge underwear when you were to be wearing the sexy one. Meaning, your baby’s delivery will be as far from perfect little story as it can get.

Talking of the third installment (and I am neglecting the second one on purpose as I try to pretend it doesn’t exist), there’s also an interesting shift. As we enter Bridget’s life in her forties when she becomes pregnant, an amazing character played by Emma Thompson takes to the stage and it all becomes way more feminist and opens up a whole new topic of women’s independence. It’s obvious Emma Thompson’s Dr. Rawlings – brilliant and clearly very feminist – doesn’t think much of men:

You don’t really need them, you know. All they’re good for is fitting car seats and blaming things on. They really just get in the way after that. You’re absolutely capable of doing this on your own.

(haha, I so agree!! lol!) Can we celebrate her, too?!

“Think the pain away.” You’re pushing and entire human being out of your vagina. I’d like to see them thinking it away.

OMG, I love her!

But back to Bridget.

Bridget Jones never fought for the world and never tried to save it, nor she’s ever been as self-confident and fearless as Wonder Woman has been, but in some way, she’s a bigger hero to me than Wonder Woman could ever be. Why? Because what Bridget is fighting is the everyday reality. The situations life throws at all of us at some point. All the awkward situations, all the embarrassments and disappointments… the moments of happiness, the moments we feel like a total failure… Bridget is facing them all. And she always picks herself up and carries on despite life not being exactly easy on her.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces.

Bridget Jones is her brilliant awkward self no matter what the situation and because she can’t be any different. And what’s a bigger power than embracing your true authentic self? Even if that self is perhaps very imperfect and might seem silly at times. Chances are, there are people who will love you just as you are.

Look, are you and Cosmo in on this together? Because every time I see you, you seem to go out of your way to make me feel like a *complete* idiot. And you really needn’t bother: I already feel like an idiot most of the time anyway – with or without the fireman’s pole. – Bridget

I don’t think you’re an idiot at all. I mean, there are elements of the ridiculous about you. Your mother’s pretty interesting. And you really are an appallingly bad public speaker. And, um, you tend to let whatever’s in your head come out of your mouth without much consideration of the consequences… But the thing is, um, what I’m trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are. – Mark

So yeah, next time life throws some lemons on you, try to deal with it the Bridget Jones way – with your head held high, even if it’s a risk.

And now let me finish with this quote:

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