Okay that may sound a bit silly, but I am being totally serious about this.
When I was in high school, I was really uptight, and totally TYPE A personality, like Jeannie from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Everything had to be just "so" and I was always upset that others got away with things when I followed the rules, then that summer I went to see Ferris Bueller's Day Off and it literally changed my life.
I am not sure if it was the fun Ferris had on his day off, or just his philosophy of, "life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and take a look, you could miss it". But I changed. The way I dressed changed. I became more type B, and a lot more fun to be around. All my friends noticed and I was happier.
Marty McFly taught me another very important lesson-to not be afraid to show my work to people. There is a scene when him and his dad are in the lunch room and he notices his dad writing away and he says, "Get out of here, I didn't know you did anything creative!" George doesn't show Marty his work because "what if they don't like it? What if they say I'm no good?"
That line scared me more than any horror film, because as a creative person, I felt that way a lot, but because of that film I pushed through it and now I never think like that and I do believe "if I put my mind to it, I can accomplish anything!"
Jack Dawson taught me to enjoy life and make each day count. I don't especially think I am going to die in freezing water and would rather have money than not, but that character showed me that it is just as good if not better, to enjoy what you have right in front of you instead of dwelling on what you don't have. I like to live my life like Jack and I do see it that way now. He also helped pull me out of my natural type A and into more of a take it as it comes, enjoy every minute and have no regrets. I am making each day count. Life is a gift and I don't want to waste it.
Dharma gave me some style. My room, my clothes, everything changed when I started watching Dharma & Greg. I loved her weird color schemes and themes and I wanted to live in her apartment, so when I got my own place in 2000, I made sure nothing matched, but it was all fun. I also love being in my place. Some more conservative folks don't really like it, because they want everything to be beige and matchy-ugh..but that is fine with me, because I love it!!
So I say to these fictional characters: Ferris, Marty, Jack & Dharma~thank you for helping me become a better version of me!