Fifteen years ago Bridget Jones’ Diary hit our cinemas and the world of the rom-com has never been the same! It has to be said that the life lessons learnt from the iconic film are still relevant to us, guys and girls, today.
Here are some of our favourite resolutions our Bridget makes along the way and how we can use them to make the best relationship decisions in 2017.
- I will not fall for any of the following: alcoholics, workaholics, commitment phobics, people with girlfriends or wives, misogynists, megalomaniacs, chauvinists, emotional f**kwits or freeloaders, perverts.
One of the secrets to a happy relationship is getting in the right one to begin with! The list above is a pretty good start to who you should avoid, for example, I’m sure we all know a few “commitment phobics”. If they won’t take the relationship seriously, they’re wasting your time.
- I will not sulk about having no boyfriend, but develop inner poise and authority and sense of self as woman of substance, complete without boyfriend, as best way to obtain boyfriend.
Enjoy your own company! Spend time thinking about what you really want from life, the more comfortable you are single, the more likely you will make better relationship decisions later on.
- I will eat more pulses AND Go to gym three times a week not merely to buy sandwich.
Your health is an important way to feel like the best you. And the best you can make the best decisions.
- I will not have crushes on men, but instead form relationships based on mature assessment of character.
We get it. Crushes just happen sometimes and, let’s face it, can be fun! But maybe this year you could work on looking past the initial attraction to who they are underneath it all, otherwise you could end up with someone that seems great on the outside but actually isn’t good for you at all. (Ahem…Daniel Cleaver)
- I will save up money in form of savings. Poss. start pension also.
It might seem boring but it’s actually a good idea to make plans for your future. If you want to live with someone or even marry them one day, perhaps start putting money aside now, you’ll thank yourself later!
- I will give proportion of earnings to charity. Be kinder and help others more.
Thinking of others above yourself is a great way to get a fresh perspective on life and you never know what might happen on your charitable adventures.
- I will get a grip on my life and start a diary.
It might not be for everyone, but writing down your thoughts, or just keeping track of them could help you understand what’s really going on. You might want to keep it hidden though, in case it falls into the wrong hands!
- I will put photographs in photograph albums
Remember the past, both the mistakes and the good choices you made, and use those lessons to move forward into the New Year.