Sarah Millican: funny, fabulous and doesn’t give a…

Sarah Millican: funny, fabulous and doesn’t give a…

I have been a fan of Sarah Millican for several years now, but it’s not just because of how funny I think she is. She represents something much more for me.

Sarah and I have a lot of similarities. We have a mutual love of cats, stationery and biscuits, to name a few things.Β On a deeper level, we have experienced a lot of the same emotions towards our bodies, as I’m sure women all around the world have. We’ve grown up with images thrust in our face of how women should be, and we do not fit that mould.

Hearing Sarah discuss this in her DVD, Outsider, is what made me determined to see her perform live. Her openness about low self-esteem and struggling with body confidence struck a chord with me. I’ve tried to tackle these issues throughout my life. Listening to somebody who had reached the point of, for the most part, not caring anymore, made me feel empowered.

When I heard she was coming to Aberdeen, I knew I had to get tickets. I bought them over a year in advance, just to make sure I wouldn’t miss out. I had never been to a comedy show before but she seemed like a good choice for the first one.

On Friday, Neal and I headed to the theatre to finally see the show I had been anticipating. It was brilliant. Sarah exudes warmth, and it makes you feel like you’re listening to someone you’ve known your whole life. She is as entertaining, charming and sincere as she appears on TV.

She touched upon self-esteem and reiterated the fact how you look shouldn’t matter. Hearing it in person was even better. I felt the goosebumps ripple across my body. Here was an amazing woman – strong, funny and successful – and she doesn’t care about her body. Actually, she’s starting to embrace it. Why shouldn’t I do the same? (This is a message I’ve been working on, and want to carry forward, as I touched on in this post about YouTube.)

I delight in seeing people being unapologetically themselves. It inspires me and motivates me. Sarah embodies this for me. She says what she thinks, drops the F-bomb whenever she wants and won’t let others dictate her life. She is refreshingly honest and doesn’t conform to expectations. I imagine she leaves some people feeling uncomfortable with some of the topics she discusses, but that’s on them.

To round off an already wonderful evening, Sarah announced the charity she was supporting on her tour was The Samaritans. Cue the little heart emojis in my eyes. So, now, she wasn’t only rejecting the notion of the perfect body, she was bringing mental health to the attention of thousands of people. As the two can often go hand in hand – and have done for me – I loved this. Could this woman be any more fantastic?

I left the theatre feeling good and, more than that, feeling understood. I know there are people out there facing the same challenges as me, but being able to laugh about them in a room full of people really brought it home. Hearing the cheers and applause as Sarah declared she was fed up with women being told to look a certain way was wonderful.

Comedy is about making people laugh and, in turn, making them feel good. Sarah’s strength lies in the fact she doesn’t only make you feel good by delivering punchlines. She makes you feel good by delivering a message: embrace yourself and don’t let other people influence how you feel about your body.

Of course, you might not appreciate or enjoy her humour in the same way I do but her appeal goes beyond that. While I do think she’s hilarious, she’s also hammering home the point that you don’t need to look like the people in magazines.

From my perspective, it’s wonderful to have somebody like Sarah in the limelight. She is representing so many women who have been bullied for having curves, cried in dressing rooms and made to feel terrible because of how we look. Yet, it hasn’t stopped her. It shouldn’t stop the rest of us, either.

Friday was a chance to laugh my head off (which I really did) but it was also a reminder that you don’t have to look a certain way to do well. You simply have to find something you’re good at and be bold enough to go after it.

Here’s hoping I can do the same.

Sarah Millican

12 Comments

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      23rd July 2018 / 7:41 pm

      Oh, I’ll definitely need to look at your review! πŸ™‚ I am intrigued to hear what a guy thinks. We don’t have any others planned just now, but I’d definitely be open to going to more.

  1. 23rd July 2018 / 11:48 am

    Wonderful post! Society puts a lot of pressure on women to be a certain way. But honestly….the hell with everyone who judge me for the way I look! I am more than my looks. Looks don’t matter. What matters is how we are as a human being, what talents do we possess. And that’s what we should all focus on. She sounds like a wonderful person!

    Thank you for sharing this lovely post.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      23rd July 2018 / 7:38 pm

      Well said! πŸ™‚

  2. 23rd July 2018 / 4:39 pm

    Sarah Millican sounds fabulous! Cats, stationery, biscuits AND promoting a brilliant message. I need to check out her DVD as soon as I can. She sounds refreshingly honest, inspirational and I love that she is encouraging us to embrace ourselves whatever we look like. We need more people like her! I’m glad you had a wonderful evening Ruth, thank you for sharing πŸ’– xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      23rd July 2018 / 7:38 pm

      She is amazing! I have so much love and respect for her (as you can probably tell.) Thanks for reading, Bexa πŸ™‚

  3. 23rd July 2018 / 9:02 pm

    I love when women talk about this. I think most of us suffer from the expectations of society’s standards, but some more than others. I am short and gain weight if I look at a cupcake. I have tormented myself over my body for most of my life until…one day, when I was in my late 40s, I came across a box of old photos. In it were different pictures of me at all ages. In one I was wearing a red bikini and remember sucking my stomach in as hard as I could before the camera flashed. I hated that someone insisted I take that photo. I hated standing still for it. I hated my body in it. I was 17. At 48, I looked at it and saw that I had a waist and a figure that I literally never saw at 17. At 48, I’d had a mastectomy and wished I could wear that red bikini and really wished I owned it when I wore it. I learned in that moment that I am who I say I am. I am not perfect, but I have a beauty I simply cannot see or feel. It’s there though. It’s there for every woman who doubts herself or shames herself. We are all beautiful in our own way. And much of that beauty shines OUT. It is seen through our souls and our actions and our style (big or small.) I’m glad you have a hero to teach you that. I’m even gladder you are teaching this to other women. πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      23rd July 2018 / 9:06 pm

      So perfectly expressed, as always! ❀️

  4. 24th July 2018 / 3:16 pm

    I also love Sarah Millican for pretty much the same reasons. She’s very relatable. I loved hearing she was supporting The Samaritans too.. for someone who struggles daily with mental health issues, this warms my heart.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      24th July 2018 / 7:21 pm

      Yeah, I was delighted by that announcement. She’s amazing!

  5. 27th July 2018 / 6:39 am

    Sarah Millican is so lovely, isn’t she? It’s good to hear she gave a shoutout to Samaritans and raised some money on their behalf. Their work is really important, especially now when I suppose more people are becoming aware of their mental health and the mental health of those around them.

    I was thinking, you might be interested in Sarah’s episodes on The Guilty Feminist podcast – I think she’s done two, one’s called Women’s Magazines and the other’s called Worth, if you google they should come up easily! The whole podcast is great and Sarah is a wonderful guest contributor πŸ™‚

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      27th July 2018 / 10:41 am

      Oooh, that’s fantastic, thank you so much for the suggestion. I’ll definitely check them out! πŸ˜€

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