Scarlett O’Hara — Southern Belle with Backbone

I didn’t really have a heroine growing up, but I loved Scarlett O’Hara. Being a southern woman during the time of the Civil War she had to make huge sacrifices and be very strong to keep herself and some of her family alive. Before the war, Scarlett was beautiful and had a glorious life ahead of her, but then the world changed and it was out of her control. When I was a teenager I was in a severe car accident and was given a very bleak prognosis to regain anything of the life I had before. However, like Scarlett, I didn’t accept the awful “truths” that people were telling me. So I focused very hard for years on my rehabilitation, so that now I have achieved goals well beyond what doctors or anyone else ever thought possible. I love Scarlett’s “bitchiness” and selfish focus, which when times are tough are really important to get you through. I like to think I adopted a little bit of that attitude because I won’t take “NO” for an answer.

-Hallie Parrett

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