Lessons from ‘The Bold Type’

I turned 24 last month, and had a beautiful week-long celebration with family and friends. I got a lot of beautiful, sweet messages and I’m really thankful for that. Now, onto the topic of this blog post.

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A friend of mine recently introduced me to The Bold Type, and I’ve been unapologetically binge-watching the show ever since. For those of you who don’t know it, it’s about three friends who work for a women’s magazine. They’re bold, fun and fierce, and the show follows them as they navigate their careers, relationships and life in general. It’s a tear-jerker at times, but overall, it’s an entertaining TV series with three fabulous and strong women (Sutton, Jane and Kat) trying to rule the world in their own way. I’ve learnt a lot from it, and I thought I’d share. Warning, spoilers ahead.

Class is in session.

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The beauty of going after your dreams. Jane is a writer at Scarlet, the women’s magazine, but at one point wanted to work for another magazine because she felt that her wings were being clipped. She did that. Kat is Scarlet’s social media director. At one point, she wanted to run for councilwoman because she felt the community members’ needs were not being met. She did that. Sutton went from being a junior editor’s assistant to being the fashion editor’s assistant, which was her dream job. She then tried designing. 

These dreams were short-lived, but the experiences were amazing. Jane, Kat and Sutton are multifaceted millennials who aren’t scared of going after what they want, and that’s how we all should be. You don’t have to stick to just one path, especially when there are many you want to explore. Even if it doesn’t work out, the journey and experiences are exciting, and you learn a lot about yourself and just how much you’re capable of in the process. 

If you’re reading this and you’ve been thinking of a career change but stepping out of your comfort zone scares you, just go for it. If there’s something new you want to try but you keep obsessing over everything that could go wrong, just go for it. Don’t ever limit yourself. You’ll look back one day, and be proud of yourself for being brave.

The importance of friendship. The camaraderie between Jane, Kat and Sutton is beautiful. They’re always there for each other, love each other unconditionally and support each other wholeheartedly. Despite the arguments here and there, that kind of friendship can be rare, and if you’re lucky enough to have it, you should hold onto it and never let go. Through the laughter and tears, best friends are like family and that’s a bond that everyone deserves to experience. They’re a blessing to have, and they come in handy when you have a yoni egg stuck in your vagina and you need help getting it out (yes, that happened).

Romance can be messy, and that’s okay. Romantic relationships come with their fair share of heartache, confusion, moments where you feel like on cloud nine, and so much more. Our fabulous trio aren’t strangers to any of that. Jane’s relationship taught her that it’s okay to let someone in and let them see the real you beyond the dolled up face, dates and light-hearted moments. However, an incident also left her with some trust issues she needed to work on resolving. Kat’s relationships set her on the road to self-discovery. They also left her with red, puffy eyes on a few occasions. Sutton’s relationship was filled with beautiful moments, but was forbidden at some point and that came with a lot of challenges.

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Relationships can be messy, but that’s inevitable. They also, more importantly, evoke the kind of emotions that have you grinning uncontrollably and wanting to tell the whole world how happy you are. Cherish that.

If you haven’t watched it yet, it’s on Netflix. You won’t regret it.


2 thoughts on “Lessons from ‘The Bold Type’

  1. I’ve never heard about this series but now you’ve piqued my interest. And yes, going after your dreams is underrated, especially when compared to more pragmatic choices, but at the end of the day, we’ll regret the things we didn’t do more than the ones we did. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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