WHAT THE SPICE GIRLS TAUGHT ME ABOUT ADULTHOOD

“The Spice Girls were independent women, powerful and knew what they stood for. And what’s not to look up to about that?! From a young age, their wisdom and songs taught me the way. To swing it, shake it, move it, make itand to just show how good you are.”

For all the 90’s kids out there, I think it’s fair to say that the spice girls ruled our world. My favourite had to be Ginger Spice, whilst my sisters loved Baby Spice and Sporty Spice – what great names may I add. Every time we popped into Woolworths (remember that place?!) we’d buy a pack of photos of them and add them to our already bulging photo albums. Which, may I add, were purely designated to the Spice Girls. Yes, we seriously loved them that much.

Like every young girl at the time, the Spice Girls created the best music to dance around our rooms in, and of course, created perfect songs to make our own music videos from. Yes, I shamefully still have a video hidden somewhere in the depths of my mum’s house that show my sisters and I creating our own amazing music video (please note the sarcasm here), wearing the classic 90’s leggings which had all the colours and shapes going possible, paired with a classy crop top. I was about 5, trying to follow in the footsteps of my much cooler older sisters and failing miserably to copy them, mime the words (and know the words) and dance along to ‘2 become 1’ – hand actions included. 

The Spice Girls were independent women, powerful and knew what they stood for. And what’s not to look up to about that?! From a young age, their wisdom and songs taught me the way. To swing it, shake it, move it, make it and to just show how good you are. Basically, be sassy and be proud because we’ve got this. Of course, all us 90’s girls (and not missing out any boys who were on the right track) looked up to them. And boy did they teach me a lot about life, guys and most of all – girl power. Oh yes!

And, since I’ve now done some form of adulting and arguably had some form of life experience, I now have an even greater appreciation for them – if that’s even possible. Yes, from time to time I still whack on their tunes. Spice Girls fan through and through right here. But seriously, the lyrics to their songs? Genius. So, if you’re wishing someone had always given you that much needed advice about ‘that guy’, or be told that it’s all going to be okay in the end, then they did. The Spice Girls told you. They had our backs from an early age and taught us all we need to know in life. And, I’m going to go through the best lyrics of all time to show you just how they did it – or my take on their lyrics at least.

Wannabe – “If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends”

Okay, not literally. We all know if you go and get with my friends, it’s most certainly over. But, if you wanna be my lover, you’ve gotta get in with my friends at least. No one wants to date a guy who your friends don’t like, or equally, no one wants to date a guy who you and your friends can only describe as “nice”. Nice? Nice is nice. Or in other words plain. Boring. Not much about them. I once described a guy I went on a few dates with as being “really nice” and realised I couldn’t find any other word for him. “Yeah he’s nice” isn’t the one. Get rid. And if they can’t get in with your friends, or get on with them, you may as well say goodbye now. Your girlfriends are your number one, and you need them by your side. So guys, as a prior warning – you need to get in with our friends, not on them…

Stop – “Stop right now, thank you very much. I need somebody with a human touch”

It’s fair to say, this whole song is talking about what can only be described as the materialistic guy. The one who has all the cash they could literally buy their way into a girls heart with multiple Chanel bags. But not the Spice Girls, cause they don’t care about the money, so don’t be wasting their time. These guys act really keen, but don’t actually necessarily like you. They move on from one girl to the next quicker than you can say man slag, and don’t even bother wasting your time on them. Stop right now, thank you very much.

Too much – “Too much of something is bad enough. But something’s coming over me to make me wonder. Too much of nothing is just as tough. I need to know the way to make me feel satisfied”

Oh girls, is this not the lyrics of our lives?! We’re dating a guy and they’re way too keen. No thanks. We’re dating a guy and they’re not giving us enough. Also no thanks. And that’s totally not us being too picky. Us girls know what we want, and we won’t settle for anything less. No, we don’t want a guy whose wrapped around our little finger, and we don’t just want to stay with a guy because we’re getting older but we know they’re not right for us. And we’re not the only ones. The Spice Girls totally get it too. And it’s a-okay. The life lesson? Don’t settle. Do yourself a favour, and move on.

Spice up your life – “Every boy and every girl, spice up your life”

If this isn’t telling us to just chill out and have a good time, then I don’t know what is. We’re young and we’ve got our whole lives to worry. So, stop with the stressing, go out, get your groove on and have a bloody good time. You’ve got this. 

Mama – “Mama I love you, Mama I care”

Okay, this life lesson isn’t just limited to these lyrics. In fact, it’s the whole song. What is it about? Our mumma’s of course! It takes a look back to our younger years to show us how much of a d*ck we can be to our mum’s. We may find them annoying because they set out ‘rules’ which we of course deem as being ‘controlling’ (remind you of your rebellious teenage self at all?!). It’s not until we’ve grown up that we realise it’s actually them just caring about us, and we’re totally grateful for it. And get it. And we’re sorry. Our mum’s will always be our best friends we never knew we needed. So go on – go and give your mum a hug. I’ll be here waiting…

2 Become 1 – “Boys and girls feel good together, take it or leave it”

Ahem. Aside from this one being a little raunchy now I look back at it, this in essence talks about the ‘one that got away’. Or, didn’t quite get away and you’re trying to make it work. Putting it simply, the Spice Girls are putting it on a plate. Take it or leave it. See what I mean about them being powerful?! If you love someone, quit the arguing and make it work. In the words of Sporty Spice – let’s work it out boy. Or you know, you could just take the lyrics at face value, because who knows, maybe you just need some love like you’ve never needed love before. There’s no judging here…

In 6 songs they taught us that we’re not the only ones who have no idea what we want from life, or a guy, or whatever the hell it may be – and that’s okay. To forgive and forget if you really love someone, to never settle, to appreciate our mumma’s out there (we wouldn’t be where we are now without them) and to not take any crap from a guy. I mean, who do you think you are?

And of course, the overarching life lesson the Spice Girls taught us? Never give up on the good times.

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