I’ve had a few. I don’t just mean the romantic kind where you are madly in love with Spike from Cowboy Bebop (Not to be confused with the equally worthy Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) or Sesshōmaru from Inuyasha…for example…ahem. There are some characters that just speak to you in a personal way. Like, if they were real and you met you know you would be best friends!
Today I want to talk about my soulmate, Bridget. Voiced by Zooey Deschanel in the movie TROLLS. Yes, that Bridget. No classic book characters here today, we have current things to talk about! There’s a Bergen in our midsts and she has some serious shit to teach us!
I’m not sure if I should warn you of spoilers or not…it being a kids movie and all. But hey:
SPOILERS AHEAD! I’m totally going to talk about the ending of TROLLS
and all the good parts. Strap in!
Bridget is a scullery maid. She works damn hard but still only has one dress. She has her own room…in the basement of the castle. But hey, she’s an independent woman working on a budget. She is in love with The King of said castle. He doesn’t know she exists. YET!
No, I am not going to walk you through the movie. There is a point to her backstory. She’s us! Living her life, thinking nothing can ever happen to make her happy or change her world. Then an opportunity to do something massively out of her comfort zone comes along. She’s nervous but she goes for it.
That’s the first key. GO FOR IT!
I used to be in sales and I was quite shy. No, seriously. I was. I still am. However, as a result of my job I had to go to networking meetings. Sometimes a few in a week and sometimes a few in a day. I tried just quietly walking around and smiling but not actually talking a few times. You can imagine that this was not an effective choice. One day I got to a big event early and was stressing in my car about going inside when I had a cunning plan! I was going to go in early…and pretend to myself that I was the hostess. It would be my job to make sure that everyone has someone to talk to. Everyone has food. Everyone has a great experience.
It worked so well that I had people thanking me for inviting me to my event. Haha! Seriously, and I was all, “Oh, I’m just a guest too!” and then they really appreciated my help even more. We all won when I ventured out of my comfort zone. So where does your comfort zone stop you from moving forward in life? That’s where you need to get creative and jump over the line.
So back to our Bergen!
Because Bridget steps out of her comfort zone she scores a date for rollerskating and pizza with The King! Of course, she is in disguise. Like me playing make-believe at that sales event. When she talks it’s mostly scripted by the trolls that are trying to help her. But finally, she goes rogue! She leaves the script and admits to The King that she believes in happiness. I should mention for those not in the know….the only way a Bergen can be happy is to eat a troll! They don’t believe it’s something they are naturally capable of.
That’s also the first key!
Eww! No, not eating a troll! You can’t go for it if you don’t believe in yourself at least a little. Some would argue that point with me. But I think Bridget chooses to help save Poppy and her friends because somewhere deep inside she knows/hopes/believes finding love can make her happy.
Fast forward to the end of the movie. All the trolls have been caught. Bridget doubts herself more than ever. Without her “Lady Glitter Sparkles” disguise The King can’t possibly have feelings for her…RIGHT?!
She remembers what a wonderful day she had. She never thought that was possible but it happened and it was due in part to her new friends. She frees the trolls knowing this could mean prison, banishment, or even death! When she’s about to go down for a crime she didn’t exactly commit, in come her friends to help her! Even though this means risking their lives. They recreate her disguise. But here is the beautiful part. They just do it long enough for the king to make the connection and then they let her stand there before her beloved as herself. Not as Lady Glitter Sparkles but Bridget the scullery maid.
You know what? The king doesn’t care about her hair and clothes he cares about how he felt with her. Happy. Happy without having to eat a troll. Happy with his beautiful scullery maid who was brave enough to take a chance and then speak her truth.
This is also the first key! Confidence. Step over the line. Be yourself. That’s how you move forward in life. Take risks. Challenge your long-held beliefs. Are they holding you back or do they help propel you forward?
Now, I’m not in the market for a king any time soon or even a date. But this is all just a metaphor for life. The King could represent your desire to be published or to apply for a better job. Moving out for the first time, going to college at any age, or just willing yourself to stop crying and get out of bed to write your blog post for the week (heh). These are all forms of courage. These are all essentially pieces of the same key.
At the end of the story, Bridget is still Bridget. But Bridget is finally happy with herself. I don’t have proof, but I think I can be happy again, and I think that whatever it is you are searching for, you can find it. Just jump over that line in the sand where your comfort zone says to stop and grab the key to your happiness.
You can do it!