Let’s face it, when we were growing up positive female role models were not in abundance. Unless we wanted to look like Barbie and be rescued like Cinderella then we were a little lost. However, there was one book, famously made into an amazing family film and now an awesome West End Musical that taught us that girls could persevere even in the worst circumstances. That person was, of course, was Matilda! Matilda tells the story of a young girl brought up in awful circumstances with an abusive home and school life and yet she rises above it all; with her intelligence, kindness and with a little magic along the way she comes out on top. After watching this inspiring story being told in an amazingly uplifting and energetic way on the West End this week here are a few things I think we can all learn from this magical kid:
Sometimes You Have to be a Little Bit Naughty
“Good girls never make history” so the often misunderstood quote goes, and Matilda walks the balance between being naughty just enough to prove a point to those who deserve it, to get her friends revenge or to rebalance the world between good and bad. Miss Hunny is nice but this often her downfall, Matilda shows her that you can’t allow yourself to be walked on, let your naughty side out!