How the Spice Girls made me who I am today

Oh goodness gracious! I know you’re laughing at me. However, I am quite serious so get it out right now.

My ability to fall asleep without any sort of supplement to help it along has completely vanished. So to entertain myself I got onto Spotify and started a playlist of all the music that I’m almost embarrassed to say I listened to back when I was a preteen in the 90s and early 2000s. I LOVED `N Sync, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Five, and all of that bubblegum pop that was out around that time. BEFORE all of that though, was the Spice Girls. So, between the times of 11 at night until around 2 or 3 in the morning last night, I was singing along to all the songs that I used to love, and surprising myself by remembering every word.

If I’ve done my research correctly, “Wannabe” was the first single the Spice Girls released in the United States. It was January 1997 and I was 10 at the time. Growing up I was always the tallest girl (and always quite gangly), I was really very shy (until you got to know me, of course), and always kind of awkward. GIRL POWER was the slogan that, even though I did not know it at the time, really stuck with me.

Are you still laughing at me?! In that case, que the embarrassing photo of me at that age:


So there’s me on the left. My friend on the right grew up to be a porn star. So… this is on the internet now.

My point by showing you that incredibly awful photo of myself is that, well, dammit I was, in fact, awkward! Look at that hair! That sweatshirt (yep, that is a sea otter on it, in case you were wondering). Those jeans (pretty sure those were ones that had a jersey type material down the side that I LOVED and wore all the time…. I did not know better nor did any one correct me on this faux pas. I cannot recall, but maybe that awful look was cool at the time. IT WAS the 90s). This is proof that I’ve always had bad posture. That was pre-braces, pre-makeup, pre-hair dye (OH! That’s my natural hair color?!). I needed to hear that it was OKAY to be ME!

I am one of those crazy people that say (doing, when the time comes, may be another thing) they will not have a daughter who is allowed to watch CERTAIN Disney princess movies. I don’t think they send the right message to girls. Get legs but lose your ability to talk to the guy you like (yes, he definitely likes you for the right reasons), etc, etc. I think the Spice Girls (okay, minus a few sexual songs – call me a hypocrite! See if I care :P) sent out a great message to girls. BE who you are, stand up for yourself, and have a good time!

If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends (gotta get with my friends)
Be friends with my friends. Do not get with them. That is a no-no!
Make it last forever friendship never ends,
Something even I will admit I have forgotten at times. Sisters before misters!
If you wanna be my lover, you have got to give,
FACT. I hate seeing my friends in one sided relationships!
Taking is too easy, but that’s the way it is.

You’re swelling out in the wrong direction
You’ve got the bug, superstar you’ve been bitten,
Your trumpet’s blowing for far too long
Climbing the snake up the ladder, but you’re wrong
…. You have got to reach on up, never lose your soul,
You have got to reach on up, never lose control

Don’t lose sight of who you are no matter what success/failure you experience. BOOM!

I didn’t want to hear it then but I’m not ashamed to say it now,
Every little thing you said and did was right for me,
I had a lot of time to think about, about the way I used to be,
Never had a sense of my responsibility

A song about respecting your parent(s)?! LOVE! AND at the time I knew every word of the song, but now I understand them and believe them to be true!

When you’re feelin’,
Sad and lone
We will take you,
Where you gotta go
Smilin’ and dancin’,
Everything is free
All you need is
positivity

Enough said? I should think so.

Too much of something is bad enough (Bad enough),
But something’s coming over me to make me wonder,
Too much of nothing is just as tough (just as tough),
I need to know the way to feel to keep me satisfied.
Too much of nothing so why don’t we give it a try,
Too much of something we’re gonna be living a lie.

Think things through. Know what you want and know what you deserve. Do not settle!

& My personal favorite Spice Girls Song that wasn’t even a single!:

Come on and do it!
It’s just another keep your eye fixed on the road
Do what your mama said
I will not be told
Keep your mouth shut, keep your legs shut
Go back in your place
Blameless, shameless, damsel in disgrace
Who cares what they say
Because the rules are for breaking (I’ll tell ya)
Who made them anyway
You gotta show what you feel
Don’t hide

Come on and do it
Don’t care how you look, it’s just how you feel
Come on and do it
You gotta make it real
Come on and do it
It’s time to free what’s in your soul
You gotta get it right, this time
Come on freak and lose control

Remember things like this should be seen and never heard
Give a little respect to me & it will be returned
Keep your head down, keep your nose clean
Go back against the wall
Girl there’s no way out for you
You are sure to fall
Who cares what they do
Because it’s yours for the taking
So it’s not for you anyway
Make your own rules to live by

You might do the wrong thing for the right reason
Don’t just do the right thing to be pleasing

I never really thought about those words and how much I actually agree with them until last night. Was it the Spice Girls and my listening to their CDs on repeat 24/7? Was it how I was raised? Was it the food I ate? Who knows why I turned out to be who I am and why I think the things I do. I’m just saying, the Spice Girls had the right message and it was a good one for the shy, self conscious, 10 year old that I was, to hear. I even formed a spice girls fan club of a few girls in my class. AND yes, we did have a club field trip to go see Spice World when it came out in theater!

Still laughing? It’s ok. I get it. BUT I’m a firm believer in girl power, bright clothing and lipstick, being myself, big smiles and loud laughter, and throwing out a peace sign every once in awhile. Laugh at me all you’d like, just know I’m already laughing! 🙂

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2 thoughts on “How the Spice Girls made me who I am today

  1. Thanks for all the likes on my blog today!

    Loving this post! Girl power and girl bands just aren’t the same these days – bring back the Spice Girls….and maybe the Backstreet Boys. Strike that, definitely the Backstreet Boys ❤

  2. LOVE THIS POST! I wasn’t allowed to listen to lots of ‘pop’ music when I was younger but I was allowed to listen to the Spice Girls and listen to hen I did! In fact, my friends and I wore out a Spice Girls cd we listened to it so much!
    And you think you were awkward, my friends and I each picked a Spice Girl we wanted to ‘be’ and we would dress up like her, do makeup and hair like her, and have photo shoots. We did this too many times to count and the pictures are priceless. And yes, awkward. 😉
    I am not ashamed to say I still occasionally listen to them still and I know every word to every song!

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