The world remembered Princess Diana of Wales on her 20th death anniversary on 31st August 2017. All the infotainment and news channels were full of documentaries about her life, particularly her secret interview with Andrew Morton where she spoke her heart out on every aspect of her life.
We were kids when we found out that probably the most beautiful woman on the planet had sadly passed away in a car crash. But watching those documentaries, 20 years later, clicked something unusual. The life Diana lived or rather suffered in the 80s and 90s is probably what every girl in her 20s is facing today.
Your every move is being watched. Your check-ins matter because the places you’re visiting should be socially approved, if not, you rather not make the check-ins. You are being judged on what you wear, how you talk and who you talk to. You have to go to parties and events for the sake of it. You are being given attention by strangers and not by the people you love the most. You are surrounded by people but still feel lonely inside. The urge to do something with your life, to accomplish its purpose and to make something out of it is uncontrollable inside you. You want to be a daughter, a girlfriend, a wife, a sister, a mother and yet you want to retain your individuality because you matter as ‘you’ too.
Yes girl, we feel you just like we feel Diana in every word that she spoke in her interview. She was shackled by ideals, which weren’t even hers in the first place, just like we get jailed within the high walls of the norms of the society. And when she finally got a chance to shine and prove her real worth, it was too late.
Fortunately girls, you’ve still got plenty of time. It’s time to break free from idealistic chains and run out into the plains of freedom. If Princess Diana were alive today, we would’ve definitely followed her on Twitter rather than Kangana Ranaut or Sushma Swaraj because she lived once what we live today- The life of a 20-something girl.
A woman is but a beautiful mess and we all agree that at one or more moments in life we have all felt like one. We feel a little more, we give a little more, we love a little more and all we want to do is to actually ‘live’ a little more. In her interview with Andrew Morton, Diana expressed her vulnerability as a young girl and her growth from there into becoming a woman. And in those sentences, which she uttered in the interview, the relatability of her mental state during the transitional years with the ones we are going through 20 years later is immense.
So here’s a slightly wishful conspiracy theory of our own: Diana is alive, in all of us- the 20-something girls. We are ourselves and not completely ourselves at times, we love people and hate them too, we live life and kill it sometimes. We are a mess, a beautiful one, and that’s what makes us special.
Cheers to Diana and her spirit, alive in us all!