It was the 21st anniversary of the first episode of Buffy being aired and Sarah Michelle Gellar posted an emotional throwback on her Instagram that had me shedding a tear. But then again I did cry when Stormzy won a Brit award so I may just be due on.
I've also been re-watching Buffy thanks to the Syfy channel. I'm currently on season 5 which in my opinion was one of my favourites. I don't know if that's when I started to watch it and it has so much sentiment for me or that's when it was really at it's peak. It got me thinking about all the things watching Buffy taught me about life at an early age whether I realised it then or not.
To Be Resilient
Think about all the things Buffy goes through. Having to kill her boyfriend, her mum dying, boyfriends leaving and dying and being sent to heaven and then brought back to life. You know, everyday situations. But still she dusts herself and comes back stronger.
Your Friends Are Everything
No matter what she was going through, her Scoobies were at her side. Even through tough times and fall outs. At the end of the day they'd still come together to save the world.
You Can Be Female and Tough
One of my first feminist icons after Christina Aguilera. You can be strong, funny, vulnerable, kind and still kick ass and wear cute outfits whilst doing it.
Relationships Aren't Easy
Remember when Kanye posted iconic relationships for Valentine's day. Two big ones for me growing up were Britney and Justin and Angel and Buffy. I didn't realise it at the time but it was teaching me that sometimes love isn't enough. Buffy and Angel's love was strong but they just couldn't make it work what with him being a demon and all. But even with Riley or even Oz and Willow, it showed relationships are tough but when they're good, they're good.
Being The Side Kick Is Ok
Yeah sure Buffy is a wise-cracking kick ass slayer but she would never have defeated anyone without Willow's magic, Xander's ideas and Giles' intelligence. Just because you're not the starring lead, doesn't mean you're not worthy or important. Being the side kick ain't so bad after all.