"We saved the world. I say we party."
Today, March 10, 2016, marks the 19th anniversary of the WB's premiere of Joss Whedon's female-lead series, Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Holy moly I feel old. Anyone else? Ok, moving on. The series was a smash hit and opened the door to many other female fronted series opportunities in a genre dominated by men. Buffy wasn't your average hero, either. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar starred as the tiny blonde, doe-eyed, valley girl with a serious right hook and a witty tongue, completely destroying the female heroine stereotype. It forced Hollywood to break open the box it had kept women superheroes in for so long. In short, Buffy was kind of unprecedented, therefore awesome. Audiences drank the Buffy kool-iad, and it was history from there.
Buffy Summers was here to stay, and along with her, a slew of witty and very important life lessons. The slayer had a one-liner for everything, and it never missed the mark, in fact, she said some pretty important words to live by over the years, and I feel they are worth looking back on. On this 19th anniversary, let us let Buffy give us a few life lessons we all could stand to hear, like, totally.
15 quotes to live by from Buffy Summers:
1. "I may be dead, but I’m still pretty."
Always remember, no matter what predicament you find yourself in, whether dead by the hand of the vampire Master, or having just spilled blueberry Greek yogurt all over your shirt 10 minutes before an interview, no mess can hide your fabulousness, or destiny to save the world from utter doom.
2. "Seize the moment, ‘cause tomorrow you might be dead."
No time to waste! Call your crush, fight your demons (figuratively, and literally if it applies), and conquer your fears! We are never promised tomorrow! Especially if you live in Sunnydale.
3. "She irons her jeans. She's evil!"
No but seriously, anyone who looks like they have their life way too together probably doesn't. We all have our strengths and faults, keep people around you who aren't afraid to show both! Also, throwing your jeans in the dryer for 10 minutes is way less work than ironing, just saying.
4. "Weird love's better than no love."
When you spend your life fighting the underground evils of the world, it's hard to find a match, so it's important to keep your mind open. I mean, you think your relationships have been bad, Buffy had to send her soulmate to Hell. I mean, at least they can say the breakup was mutual, right?
5."Would you get your mind out of the Hellmouth?!"
What's worse than the gutter? The Hellmouth, that's the place where the dirtiest of all thinkers linger, so steer clear, it stinks down there.
6. "I didn't jump to conclusions. I took a small step, and conclusions there were."
I think this one speaks for itself.
7. "You can attack me, you can send assassins after me, that's fine. But nobody messes with my boyfriend!"
Loved ones = off limits. It's cool, you can cut me off on the 405 during rush hour, you can give me a dirty look when I go to Starbucks in my Care Bear onesie with my cat on her leash, but see what happens when you so much as side-eye my peeps. I. Will. Stake. You.
8. "We saved the world. I say we party."
Pretty much how I feel walking out of work on Friday and into Margaritaville. You deserve this tequila shot, bottoms up!
9. "When he wakes up, tell him... I don't know. Think of something cool, tell him I said it."
You may not always have the right words to say, and that's OK. That's what google is for. Or inappropriate hand gestures.
10. "Oh, I know this one! 'Slaying entails certain sacrifices, blah blah bliddy blah, I'm so stuffy, give me a scone.'"
When people try to act like they know it all and tell you something you've heard a million times, life is short, cut them off, and talk about pastries. Works every time.
11. "A vampire with a soul? Oh my god, how lame is that?"
This is a lesson on thinking before you speak. She insulted this vampire knowing full well he had feelings! Remember to always check someone has a soul before you speak.
12. "Whenever Giles sends me on a mission, he always says "please." And afterwards I get a cookie."
People in life aren't always going to tell you they appreciate you or the work you do, so it's vital you learn to make smart-ass comments to make yourself feel better, smile, and remind yourself that while much goes unappreciated, the world would be sucked into a Hellmouth without you.
13. "If the apocalypse comes, beep me."
Priorities people, the world could end at any moment! North Korea could nuke us, Donald Trump could become president, Target could go out of business! Are you going to sit and wait for impending doom to call, or be like Buffy and let it go to voicemail.
14. "I'm the thing that monsters have nightmares about."
Oh, I'm sorry, did you think because I am a girl you could pay me less, take advantage of my talents, and take credit for all my work? That's cute.
Buffy was a girl unafraid to show her tough side, to be seen as a force to be reckoned with. It's something all women have inside them, take Buffy's lead and let it out.
15. "The hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Be brave. Live."
It ain't easy kids, this thing called life, for anyone (especially those living over the Hellmouth). So let's all take it head on, and enjoy the ride.
There you have it, all you need to know about life, living on a Hellmouth, and being a slayer. I'm not saying Buffy was a genius, just that she basically has all the answers to life, died two times, and came back to life, so she probably knows what she is talking about. So, in the kind and gentle words of Buffy Summers, happy slaying, and...
Awwww... she's so dainty!