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What Hilary Duff (or her characters) taught me

February 14, 2013

My suitemate and I recently discovered our mutual appreciation of Hilary Duff, or as we recognize her best, Lizzie McGuire. In fact, my suitemate is throwing a “Hilary Duff Emoto-fest” next week (it’s so legit it’s a Facebook event). As I reflect on the actress, the character, the music, the show and the movie, I begin to realize first of all, that it’s possible that the seed of being awkward – and accepting it – was planted during my many hours spent watching “Lizzie McGuire.” And second, I learned a great deal from the actress and character. Here are a few gems:

1) From “Why Not”: From the hit “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” comes the rocking “Why Not” anthem, which is full of ideas preaching not hesitating and going after what one wants.

Sometimes it’s so hard to see / The good things passing by / There may never be a sign / No flashing neon light / Telling you to make your move / Or when the time is right / So why not / Take a crazy chance / Why not / Do a crazy dance / If you lose a moment / You might lose a lot / So why not.

I’m starting to think college in general is just a four-year existential crisis, and at the end, you get a degree in – hopefully – something that you like that will bring you happiness in some way. Listening to “Why Not” reminds be that if I want something – like a certain internship – I am the only one who can make that happen. There’s no roadmap I have to follow for anything, no list of things I have to get done before I can get what I want, no “right” time for something to happen. “If you lose a moment, you might lose a lot, so why not.” – This is my time; it’s my chance to go through doors I never thought were open and to do things that will bring me happiness. I may not have a further plan, but as long as it makes me happy, I’ll be okay.

2) From “What Dreams Are Made Of”: In “The Lizzie McGuire Movie,” the characters all rock out to the best tune in the movie, as Lizzie determines what life is really about.

I’ve got somewhere I belong / I’ve got somebody to love / This is what dreams are made of.

Every single day when I get back to Templin, my roommates ask, “How’s it going?” and every single day, I respond with, “Living the dream.” I think it has happened so often that they think it’s sarcastic or just my catch phrase, but actually, it’s the truth. Yes, days are stressful. Yes, I get frustrated. Yes, there are not enough hours to get everything done. Yes, I’m busy. But when Lizzie McGuire asks, “Have you ever wondered what life is about?”, I know my answer to that question, and right now, I’m living the dream.

3) From “So Yesterday”: In her album, “Metamorphosis,” Hilary Duff breaks off from her boyfriend and lets it go. However, these sentiments can be translated into other aspects of life.

If it’s over, let it go and / Come tomorrow it will seem / So yesterday, so yesterday / I’m just a bird that’s already flown away.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Let it go. Wake up tomorrow and know it’s a brand-new day. Nothing will teach you that sentiment like a walk in the middle of the desert at night. Aside from this song.

4) From “Wake Up”: From her “Most Wanted” album, “Wake Up” expresses the desire to travel places (more than that, but that’s what I took from it).

The city’s restless / It’s all around me / People in motion / Sick of all the same routines / And they need to go / They need to get away.

I have the travel bug, and I got it bad. Exploring new places, interacting with different people, touching history, seeing new skylines, doing new things, embracing new cultures. What can I say, apparently I’m restless.

5) From the Lizzie McGuire theme song: I never really realized what the theme song said (actually, I forgot there was a theme song). But, after some research, I found that the theme song to this timeless show is quite applicable to day-to-day life. It’s self-explanatory, so I will end this post with the lyrics:

We’ve got a picture-perfect plan / Then we’ve got you fooled / ‘cause we only do the best we can / And sometimes we make it / And sometimes we fake it / But we get one step closer each and every day / We’ll figure it out on the way.

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2 Comments
  1. swimmeroa11 permalink

    This is priceless! 🙂

  2. AMiller permalink

    Thought-provoking and culturally relevant (at least for the early 2000’s)! Great post!!

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