Where you made in the 90s? Like most of today’s college students, I was born, and raised in the 90s. But even if you weren’t, we all remember all the iconic movies the decade had to offer. Looking past the nostalgia, those movies have a lot to tell us- things that are still relevant all the way in 2012.
THE MIGHTY DUCKS (1992)
I wonder how many hockey players today play because of that movie? The Mighty Ducks taught us how to root for the underdog- an attitude that will can be useful in all aspects of your life. Whether you’re multi-tasking 3 projects at once, stressing over a loan payment, or trying to conquer the tough job market, keep the pure passion and drive of the legendary hockey team in mind. Go Ducks!
THE LION KING (1994)
Disney was shooting out classic movies all the time in the 90s- so many, in fact, that it’s now referred to as Disney’s “renaissance period”. But I think it’s safe to say The Lion King was one of the best and full of valuable life lessons… come on, you know where I’m going with this. Do I even have to say it? HAKUNA MATATA! I don’t care if you’re in college, diapers, a nursing home or somewhere in between. Hakuna Matata is a universal motto. “What’s a motto? Nothing. What’samotto with you?” Admit it- that hit you right in the childhood.
THE TRUMAN SHOW (1998)
I’ve always been a huge Jim Carrey fan and I LOVE this movie. In a world where we’re constantly surrounded by the media and connected on every level, the lesson in this movie hits harder now than it did back in the 90′s. Truman taught use that life is about doing what makes YOU happy- not about trying to please everyone else. Oh, and don’t go out to sea on stormy nights. There’s no plastic wall to stop you from floating away forever.
FIGHT CLUB (1999)
In my opinion, this is arguably one of the greatest movies of all time It teaches us that our obsession with material goods is like an abusive relationship. Fight Club is all about finding your identity in a word of faceless consumers. Sure we all love our laptops and smartphones, but sometimes it’s nice to take a step back and remember what Tyler Durden once asked: would you be better off without it?
What are some of your favorite 90s movies? What lessons did you learn back in the day that you carry with you into your college years?