There’s a thing or two that we can learn from Britney Spears.

First of all, she is a mother, a triple threat singer/dancer/actor, and a fighter. Second of all, we’ve seen it in the tabloids way back when she shaved her head during a kind of nervous breakdown: what I’m getting at is, she’s human. The STARS: they’re just like us.

Whether Britney suffered a mental break or not, she sings to the tune of her own beat. Listening to classics like “Stronger” or watching the psychologically thrilling video for “Everytime” brought to my attention what a deep, emotionally charged lyricist she is. She’s not a vapid Barbie Doll. She is a fierce lady with a voice for good.

Here are the lessons I’ve learned from this lovable blonde. Get ready to laugh, cry, and feel all the feels. It’s BRITNEY.B*TCH.

1. Can we cool it with the crazy labels?

After some erratic behaviors, Brit got labelled as crazy, bipolar, manic-depressive, nuts, etc. What people may not realize is that 1 in 5 people suffer from mental illness. So what if she is or isn’t, chances are if you’re sitting in a room with 4 other people, you could be on the mental disorder spectrum, yourself.

Did I freak you out enough? Good. Just because mental illness is invisible to the eye, doesn’t make it easy or painless. It also doesn’t mean you should label a person as “bipolar” or “psycho” or “crazy.” Would you call someone with diabetes “sicko” or “insulin junkie” or “freakish?” Probably not. Let’s not label people; let’s see people as the beautifully multi-faceted humans that they are.

2. Keep fighting, and look good while doing it.

I’m not necessarily saying Britney Spears is fighting an uphill mental battle. However, in spite of being slut-shamed and called looney, she brushes it off and looks hot while doing it. She keeps pushing herself to stay physically fit and mentally stable.

Since I had to go on medication for depression, I gained a lot of excess weight over the past 10 years. I was very thin and fit prior to that, and I have struggled to keep weight off of my body. Britney is in her 30’s and looks amazing. She takes care of her body. After bringing yoga and running back into my healthy repertoire of habits, I have become more physically fit, and I benefit mentally, as well. Keep it up, Brit. I will, too.

3. “I’m not a girl, not yet a woman.”

I get it, Britney. I’m that awkward-aged, late millennial who is stuck between independence and co-dependance. I’m not married. I don’t have kids. I’m starting to build my life now, after struggling for so long. “Sometimes I run, sometimes I hide.” And it often seems like, “every time I try to fly, I fall without my wings…I feel so small.” A lot of the time, I want to say to life, “You drive me craaazy!” But I know, I am moving in the right direction, whichever way that may be. Hey, at least “I’m stronger than yesterday.”

“I’m stronger than yesterday.”

And that’s that! The lessons I learned from growing up listening to this pop-siren goddess. Thanks for the nostalgic memories, Brit. You teach us a thing or two about being a BOSS.B*TCH. Keep doing you. I’ll keep doing me.

If I was to pick a cartoon character I am most like, I would say Daisy Duck because she is very stubborn, she has a very feminine sense, and she knows what she likes. — Britney Spears

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Joanna is an aligned vinyasa RYT-200 certified yoga instructor registered with Yoga Alliance. Joanna's mission is to bring the teaching of yoga to everybody in an accessible, welcoming and gentle way. Check out for services, blogs and updates on all things yoga. Namaste.

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