Sunday, March 15, 2015

Tip#835: You Are Awesome! Part 2 - The Duff

“You need to realize you are only as awesome as you think you are.” 
The Duff (2015)

When I went to high school there were no cell phones, no internet and no social media. And during that time I would have labelled myself a classic nerd for my passion of superhero comic books, Star Trek and Sci Fi films. But I decided to excel at what I loved and ended up being editor-in-chief of my high school yearbook and getting elected valedictorian for my graduating year. I became the best nerd I could be and gave my first motivational speech as valedictorian!

In 2015 times have changed especially with technology. High school kids have cell phones and the internet and social media are now just part of life. The one factor that hasn’t changed is labels. Movies throughout the years like Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Clueless (1995), Never Been Kissed (1999), Superbad (2007) all feature timeless labels which continues today with the film The Duff.

The Duff (2015)

The comedy film, The Duff, is about teenager Bianca (Mae Witman) in her senior year of high school and is told that she is the “DUFF” of her friends group, the “Designated Ugly Fat Friend”. At first Bianca is shocked and hurt then makes it a goal to change her social standing. There are some hilarious scenes and the film is a great glimpse for adults at the similarities and differences from their high school years. See: movie trailer

This film is rich with insights about labels as well as motivational statements and tips for self-empowerment. In fact Bianca’s mother wrote a self-help book and is constantly offering motivational catch phrases (some cheesy!). There are also insights on the viral effects of social media and how highly integrated it is in our current society.

“You’re a weirdo, fine. Own it. Be the best weirdo you can be.” 
The Duff (2015)

This quote from Bianca’s mother immediately reminded me of the fantastic acceptance speech from the recent Academy Awards by writer Graham Moore, “I would like this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit anywhere. Yes you do. I promise you do. Stay weird. Stay different.” (see video: tip#830).

I highly recommend The Duff to inspire you to find the courage and belief in yourself whether you're are a teenager or adult. Fill your thoughts and feelings of how awesome you are! And just be the best you can be no matter what you are labeled by others!

“It’s about understanding that no matter what label is thrown your way only YOU can define yourself.” 
The Duff (2015)

Related Tips:
Tip#602: You Are Awesome! Part 1 – Validation (short film)
Tip#835: You Are Awesome! Part 2 - The Duff
Tip#609: Believe in Yourself - ParaNorman
Tip#743: Create the Best Version of You - Divergent
Tip#326: The Power of Acknowledgement, Part 1 - Groundhog Day 
Tip#838: The Power of Acknowledgement, Part 2 - What Women Want
Tip#848: The Power of Acknowledgement, Part 3 – Mental Health in the Workplace - Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter 
Tip#889: Random Acts of Kindness – Depression - Seven Pounds

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