You Are Lisa Simpson.

Lately I've been thinking a lot about identity. Insecurities, self doubt, and thoughts about the crushing reality that some things in life are uncontrollable, have been swirling around my mind in a downward-toilet-bowl-spiral.

How much of our identities are in direct representation of the people we have around us?
Where do we find our escape when we are focusing so inward on our own lives? Who is to blame for our shitty feels? Family? Friends? or is it simply ourselves?

It's easy to get bogged down thinking about your foibles, embarrassing moments, or shitty moves that you've done in the past, but you must always remember, you are Lisa Simpson.

I'm referencing of course, an episode of The Simpsons that aired on April 25th, 1991, titled "Lisa's Substitute." In this episode Lisa's teacher develops lyme disease and while on leave, a substitute teacher, Mr. Bergstrom, enters Lisa's classroom. Because of his unorthodox teaching methods and kind spirit Lisa develops a fat crush on him. After an embarrassing encounter running into Mr. Bergstrom with her oaf-like father Homer, she's allowed to invite him over for dinner.

Tragedy strikes when she realized her teacher came back and Mr. Bergstrom is gone, thus leading to this darling scene at the train station where she tells Mr.Bergstrom that she couldn't live without him, and he gives her a note explaining that if she ever feels alone and like she cannot rely on anybody it's contents are all she needs to know. The note simply said, "you are Lisa Simpson."

That scene is forever locked in the time capsule in my heart for several reasons. I think it's so easy when growing up to feel unsure about your place in this world and the people that surround you. When you are young you have no control over who you are forced to surround yourself with at home, or at school and I think reminding yourself of who you are and that all you need is yourself is a critical lesson that we all need to learn.

You might feel insecure about what your future might hold, or you might even be feeling alone due to some sort of major life change, whatever the big bad is that is scarring you just remember that you are you, and that's all you'll ever need.

Have a great day
and please keep it sassy,


  1. This is such a lovely reminder! I had totally forgotten about that episode, it was one of my very favourites, I think we all have come across Mr Bergstroms in our lives (or are yet to)!

    Think I'm going to go write the equivalent of this note to hang on my wall. x