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6 Lessons 'Margarita With a Straw' Can Teach Us About Disability

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My cousin recently recommended I watch a film that was released a few years back: “Margarita With a Straw.” I was skeptical at first, because it seemed like just another cheesy movie that inaccurately portrayed a person with a disability. However, I quickly found I was wrong. This lesser-known film actually contains six beautiful life lessons I believe we can all benefit from.

1. No obstacle should stop you from pursuing your dreams.

In “Margarita With a Straw,” Laila, a young woman from India, dreams of attending school in New York City so she can pursue a journalism career. Although her journey includes many obstacles, she makes her dreams come true anyway.

2. It’s never too late to start the journey of self-discovery.

Throughout the film, Laila has a hard time discovering who she is. However, the people she encounters along the way show her that it’s never too late to start your journey towards self-love.

3. People will like you if you just show them your true colors.

Laila meets different people throughout the film. These people all love her and offer her a helping hand. Although she doesn’t believe it at first, Laila attracts all of these kind, caring people because of her sweet, loving personality. You attract what you put out, and that shows in “Margarita With a Straw.”

4. Never judge a book by its cover.

Although Laila battles physical challenges, she has many talents. Never judge someone based on their appearance or their limitations. After all, you never know what talents that person may hold inside.

5. Never let people take advantage of you or pity you.

At the beginning of the story, Laila and her friends win a contest out of pity, not merit. Laila stands up for herself and tells the judge to back off. It’s important that we recognize when people treat us unfairly or discriminate against us and take a stand. Nobody deserves discrimination, but we also don’t enjoy people taking pity on us.

6. Everyone has a story to share.

Through her own strength and courage, Laila finds a way to share her story. Although we may come from different backgrounds, we can all learn from each other and we all have a beautiful story to share with the world. We can share our stories and help others along the way.

As you can tell, “Margarita With a Straw” isn’t just another B-movie from the mid-2000s. If you haven’t seen this delightful film yet, I highly encourage you to check it out and take in the lessons it provides.

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Originally published: December 10, 2019
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