Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. We all love it, yes? Well, guess what: it’s 20 years old today. Yes, it’s been two decades since we sang along to “Footloose” as our girls Romy and Michele cruised along in a borrowed convertible. Whether you’ve recently stared down the invitation of your own high school’s ten-year reunion or the iconic movie is just a blessed thing of the past, the life lessons from Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion have only become more relevant as we’ve gotten older. Here’s why:
We All Need A Heather in Our Lives
All-black-wearing, chain-smoking (she loved smoking so much she invented the quick burning paper—talk about a #girlboss—but also, please don’t smoke) Heather was hilarious, sardonic and honest to a fault. Sure, she’s the kind of friend who tells you that you’re posting too many selfies and your Unicorn Frappuccino obsession is gross, but she’ll also always be there to talk shit about your common enemies and support the hell out of your career goals. Having someone like Heather in your life will stop you from texting that loser from Bumble at 11 p.m., so if you don’t have a Heather in your life you need to get one ASAP. And if you are a Heather? Please slide into my DMs (@danimop).
You’re A Boss If You Believe In Yourself
Romy and Michele felt less than because of their super non-glam careers: Romy worked the front desk at a car dealership with horndog Ramon, while Michele was funemployed. That’s not to say they weren’t talented—they designed and made their own insanely fabulous clothes, after all—but they didn’t have a vision for where their talents could take them. Thanks to playing pretend businesswomen (complete with the desire for a lunch special) for the reunion, Romy and Michele realized that they did have drive and goals—to open their own clothing store, not work in the office supplies industry. Just like R & M, everyone has that special something that they’re meant to do (and possibly capitalize on). Romy and Michele taught us not to sell ourselves short or be afraid to have those pie-in-the-sky dreams—you never know when the opportunity to fold scarves on your own terms will pop up.
Take Off the Rose-Coloured Glasses
When Heather sees her high school crush Sandy Frink again at the reunion, she utters the sentence so many of us who’ve shuddered at our past can relate to: “What was I thinking?” This can be applied to anything: your ex-boyfriend, that group of friends you’ve drifted away from who still want to play beer pong every night, that tweet about Anne Hathaway that you thought was hilarious but was actually kind of mean. Not everything in your past was as peachy-keen as it might have seemed at the moment. It’s cool to recognize those foibles or mistakes that you now know they are—that’s called growth, yo!
Never, Ever Weigh Yourself in Platforms
Seriously, your shoes probably add, like, 16 pounds.