The Mr. Bean character (played by Rowan Atkinson) is a classic example that shows how humor can transcend generations, gender, boundaries and nationalities, and still be relevant. Regardless of who you are and what your background is, it is almost impossible not to laugh or even be just a bit amused by this unique character - and that’s what makes him phenomenal.
The misadventures of this bumbling loner has made you laugh, and if you take a closer look, you can learn some good life lessons from this funny man.
1. Embrace Your Inner Child
We always see Mr. Bean in “interesting situations” because of his incessant, childlike nature. Allow yourself to be a little childlike at times, and see the world around you with a sense of wonder. Try new things. Don’t be too concerned about looking bad or failing. Your unconventional dance moves can be popular even if you don't know nothing about dancing.
2. Think Out of The Box
When Mr. Bean's suitcase can't hold a pair of long-legged pants, he cuts them into shorts. When he can't find a paintbrush, he uses his Teddy. Be innovative and always find a way to solve a situation. Don’t be afraid to improvise and try something unusual. Often it works!
3. Enjoy The Small Things
Be it a fish sandwich enjoyed midday on a park bench (although it's a live goldfish!) or reading a bedtime story book before sleeping - Mr. Bean enjoys it all. If it makes you happy, who cares what anyone else thinks. Take joy in the little things.
4. Be Yourself
Mr. Bean is pushy, juvenile, impulsive and sometimes repulsive, but no one would say he isn’t comfortable in his own skin. You can always find friends or soul mate to love you even when the world thinks otherwise. Take up your space in this world; don’t make apologies or excuses for yourself when it’s not necessary.
5. When You Want Something, Find A Way
Mr. Bean is tenacious and when he wants something, he will find a way to get it — no matter what it takes. Obviously, you should not resort to mischievous or dangerous schemes like his, but you could adopt his go-get-’em attitude. When you really want something, go for it with determination and single-mindedness. Don't let anything get in your way.
6. Always Put in a Touch of Humor
Mr. Bean likes to cheer people up. Humor helps improve your creativity, relationships and career. When used wisely and, in a timely way, humor can be the best lubricant in any sticky situation.
7. When it Comes to Talking, Less is More
Mr. Bean rarely speaks, and when he does, it is generally only a few mumbled words here and there. Yet, he is able to convey every emotion and situation without the need for words. We can all make a little less noise.
8. Happiness is a Choice
We find Mr. Bean happy most of the time, and when he's not, he finds something to cheer himself up. Happiness is a choice you make and create for yourself. Happiness is not something you can turn on in the midst of heart ache, worry or fear but at least you have the knowledge and the life experience to know what makes you happy and then you can create it, work at it and have it in your life always.
Haven't seen a Mr. Bean episode in a long time? Check one out for old times' sake. To get you started, here are two of my favorite sketches. You can find more on YouTube here.