11 Lessons We Learned From "Beauty And The Beast"

11 Lessons We Learned From "Beauty And The Beast"

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With the release of Disney's live action trailer of Beauty and the Beast, fans everywhere are feeling nostalgic of the 1991 classic. The musical has won countless awards and praises for the cinematography and score for songs like "Be Our Guest," making it a household name. Between the music and story line, "Beauty and the Beast" taught all of us some very important life lessons.

1. Family comes first.

Family is the most important thing and it is important to make sure that our loved ones are taken care of. Belle taught us that sometimes you need to sacrifice what you want so your loved ones can be safe.

2. Be true to who you are.

Belle and her father were considered eccentric for the small town they lived in, but they embraced it. Though going against the current can sometimes be difficult, being unique is what makes you who you are. If you're like everyone else, then you are just another face in the crowd.

3. Princesses read too.

One of the most important lessons Beauty and the Beast taught us was that it is okay to be a bookworm. Before "Beauty and the Beast", most Disney princesses didn't have a past-time of their own besides being saved by princes. Belle started the independence trend that is prevalent in today's Disney movies.

4. Every rose has its thorns.

Gaston was definitely a handsome guy, but that was about it. Despite being popular and wanted by all the bachelorettes, Belle was able to see through that and know he was a misogynistic, shallow jerk. "Beauty and the Beast" taught us that just because someone is physically attractive, doesn't mean they have a personality to match. Which brings us to...

5. No one is perfect.

So Beast (or Prince Adam) wasn't perfect by any means. As a matter of fact, many people have even discussed his abusive relationship he has with Belle and how she suffers from Stockholm Syndrome. Though the evidence is very damning to our Beast, the truth is he not only changes but becomes the Prince he was meant to be. All it takes is a little patience and love.

6. Stand up for yourself.

Time after time, Belle defends herself against Gaston, the villagers and even the Beast. Belle never lets anyone talk down to her, something a lot of young girls need to see.

7. Never stop learning.

It's never to late to learn something new! Everyone in your life can teach you something new, you just have to be open to it.

8. Actions speak louder than words.


Though the Beast had a rough start, he spent the rest of the movie proving he loved Belle. From saving her life from the wolves, showing her the library and even risking his humanity for her happiness, it is no question he truly loves Belle. Without a doubt, actions speak louder than words. If someone doesn't take the time to show you they love you, then odds are they probably don't.

9. We all have a little Beast inside us.



The Beast represents all of us at some point in our life. When we have someone who believes in us and can see through our outer shell, we become who we are meant to be. Unless you're like Gaston. Then you're just mean.

10. Some people will only see what they want to see.

Belle tried to desperately convince the villagers that though the Beast looked frightening, he was a kind soul. For some, it won't matter how much you try to convince them of something, they will only see and believe what they want to.

11. He who conquers himself conquers all.

One of the most important lessons from "Beauty and the Beast" deals with the ability to overcome yourself. So often, we keep ourselves from following our dreams and are in our own ways of happiness. If you can overcome your own insecurities and flaws, you can overcome anything.

"Beauty and the Beast" holds a special place in every Disney lover's heart. From the gorgeous artwork to the classic songs, "Beauty and the Beast" is by far one of the best Disney films of all time. With the release of the live-action film next March, we certainly can't wait to be Disney's guest once again.


Cover Image Credit: Oh My Disney

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

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Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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