I Carried a Watermelon – Important Life Lessons I Learnt from Dirty Dancing

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Important life lessons I learnt from Dirty Dancing. Who would have thought that life lessons could be learnt from this classic movie? I never thought those words would come out of my mouth, but I LOVE Dirty Dancing (I even went to the stage show in London).

Dirty Dancing is all about a 17-year-old girl coming to age in the 1960s. She meets a strapping young lad (Patrick Swayze *swoon*), who sweeps her off her feet. At first, he is like ‘no, I don’t want to lose my job’. But he can’t resist Baby and her developing dancing skills.

As a teenager, when I first watched this, I was amazed by how they moved their bodies. It got me experimenting with dancing. Sadly, I just look like I’ve been electrocuted when I try to dance sexy. However, it did encourage me to learn how to Lindy Hop, which is a whole different kettle of fish to the dance shown in this movie. Lindy Hop is awesome. Google it.

So, onto my ‘Important Life Lessons I Learnt from Dirty Dancing’ post:

1) Don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd.

Baby was used to being…well, babied. Throughout the movie, she changes and becomes more confident in herself. I think that it was an amazing change. If you see how her character developed throughout the film, you’d see the change.

2) Carry that damn Watermelon to that party.

Baby was looking for excitement – I mean, imagine being stuck at a summer resort/camp type thing where you have to participate in organised activities. This party, after hours, really showed her the world of dance and what your body could do!  Look at me, I got a Watermelon especially for this picture:

important life lessons I learnt from Dirty Dancing

I carried a watermelon

important life lessons I learnt from Dirty Dancing

Now I just need to find a party to go to.

3) Own your body.

Baby decided that she could dance. And she totally could. I think it’s an amazing thing seeing how your body can move. And whilst the dancing is, at times, very sexual, it is also very powerful. If you want to dance, dance! Remember, your body is for you and who you choose to share it with!

4) Standing up for yourself.

At the beginning of the movie, it seems like Baby can’t really stand up for herself, however as the movie progresses you see her character grow. She tells Johnny that he needs to teach her the lifts and turns, as she’s still not sure of the moves and the show is in 2 days time! I love how she tells Johnny

“We’re supposed to do the show in two days, you won’t show me the lifts, I’m not sure of the turns, I’m doing all this to save your ass, what I really want to do is drop you on it!”

Go Baby!

5) Don’t think about the ‘what ifs’. 

Baby and Johnny took a chance and, even though they might leave Kellermans and never see each other again, they still had no regrets. I think it’s important to take a chance and try things. It doesn’t have to be romantic. It could be things like saying yes to going to a party or on a holiday!

What are some important life lessons you have learnt from Dirty Dancing? Have you seen this classic?




If you’d like to read another ‘other stuff’ post, find out about my embarrassing moments!

1 Comment

  1. Sophie Wentworth

    16/01/2019 at 12:41 PM

    Great lessons to be learnt! I’m slightly ashamed to say I’ve never seen it from start to finish (I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it all, just not in one go). I really should watch it properly one day. I think 1 and 4 are two of the most important things to learn x


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