My all-time favorite movie is Gone with the Wind. Many people are familiar with the epic love story of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler. What many people don’t know is that this Civil War tale isn’t about a love story between a man and woman, but a love story between a woman and her home–Tara.
Throughout the movie, I can’t help, but notice there are similar characteristics between Scarlett and almost every Southern belle, including myself. Granted most of her tactics and actions aren’t ethical or moral, there are still lessons Scarlett O’Hara can teach us all:
1: Never give up: Scarlett never gave up trying to get what she wanted, she never gave up when the war destroyed Tara, and she never gave up trying to provide for her family.
2: Use your entrepreneurial spirit: During the 1800s, it was uncommon for women to work, let alone create and run a business. Scarlett had an entrepreneurial spirit that helped provide a living.
3: Worry about only what’s important, when you need to: We all know the famous quotes “After all, tomorrow is another day” or “I’ll think about that tomorrow.” She knew when to worry about things that mattered, when to worry about things that didn’t, and at the right time.
4: Family first: Scarlett proclaimed to “lie, cheat, murder, or steal” to make sure her family was safe and provided for after the war. Every Southern belle knows family comes first and you do anything for them.
5: Never forget where you come from: Roots run deep in the South. Whether it was her Irish heritage or Georgia home, Scarlett never forgot her family’s history and where she came from. Knowing your family’s heritage and the place you call home can do wonders for anyone. Home gives you strength when you need it most.