Two Takeaways from Bohemian Rhapsody

Have you seen the Bohemian Rhapsody movie yet? If not, I highly recommend seeing it, especially while it’s still in theaters so you can get the big screen and full sound of the music. Writing about a “rockumentary” of Queen and Freddie Mercury might seem off topic for my blog about personal and professional development. I promise Bohemian Rhapsody fits right in.

I saw the movie a couple nights ago. While driving home from the theater, processing what I’d just learned about the life of Freddie Mercury, two themes that are totally in the scope of personal development stood out:

1. The importance of knowing and living your purpose despite people trying to deter you in the beginning, and

2. Loving your true, authentic self.

In Freddie’s case (at least the time frame we see in the film), Freddie knew his gift was music. He was passionate about music, and he knew his purpose was to perform. I won’t spoil any of the movie, so I’ll just say that in one really bleak scene he says, “I’m a performer,” with an air of “of course I’ll perform, sillies, nothing could stop me from performing!” That line struck me. “I’m a performer” is just one little line in this movie, but it is exactly what I write about…knowing your purpose! Know it. Own it. Don’t let anything get in the way of it.

However, the piece that Freddie was missing was accepting and loving himself as he was made. He spent most of his life trying to push down his feelings of not fitting in and numbing his pain with alcohol, drugs, and sex. The movie reveals that once he faced and accepted his truths, he was able to be happy and have genuine relationships with his partner, family, and friends.

I believe very much in the value of living your purpose and loving who your Creator made you to be. Bohemian Rhapsody affected me so strongly because I wasn’t expecting these two foundational personal development tenets to appear in this film about a rock star. I love that these themes were developed in this film and that we can examine them and apply the lessons to our own lives.

If you’ve seen Bohemian Rhapsody, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the film and how these personal development themes came across to you. Thanks for reading!

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What If You Loved Yourself As You Are?

Have you seen Amy Schumer’s movie, I Feel Pretty, yet? If you have, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. If you haven’t, don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you here.

I will just tell you that I watched it last night and want to recommend it to the following people:

1. Anyone who ever looks in the mirror or photos of themselves and only focuses on the negatives, or

2. Anyone who ever compares themselves to others and feels “less than”

Awhile ago, it seemed like the question “What would you do if you weren’t afraid to fail?” was the big popular question. After watching this movie, I’m thinking “What would you do if you loved yourself exactly as you are in this moment?” Would you apply for the job you want instead of talking yourself out of it because you only meet 8 out of the 10 qualities listed? Would you throw on your bikini and be in the pictures with your friends and family instead of excluding yourself from those captured memories by always being the one taking the pictures? Would you take a class you’ve been interested in and have faith that you’re capable enough to do well in it instead of making excuses for why you can’t even try?

Here’s the thing…you can love yourself as you are in this moment AND keep challenging yourself to be an even better version of yourself each day. Challenge yourself because you love yourself and want to keep giving to yourself; not because you’re unhappy with yourself and want to completely change into someone else. For example, go to the gym because you love yourself and want to be healthy; don’t go to the gym because you hate everything about the way you look and want to punish yourself. See the difference? It’s really all in re-framing your thoughts…changing them into positive statements and objectives instead of negatives. Another example is to look in the mirror and focus on your favorite feature. Only focus on the favorites, not what you hate, want to change, or what “needs work.” Again, it’s a subtle change and definitely takes practice, but it’s a start!

Please ponder the thoughts above and consider watching I Feel Pretty. And then share your thoughts with me in the comments. I’d love to hear them!