What I learned from watching: Yo Soy Betty, la Fea.

Yo soy Betty, la fea. 

Besides reading everyday, I also like to dedicate one hour (yes, just one hour) of my day to watch series and movies, and in the last few months I watched the famous Colombian Soup Opera: Yo soy Betty, la Fea. 

This soap opera was first aired from 2000 to 2001 and at first I hesitated a lot of wether to watch it or not because it has 335 episodes of 23 mins, so I wasn’t sure to spend 4 months watching it (3 episodes per day) but at the end I just allowed myself to take the time to enjoy it and learn from it. 

And it was the best decision because it really hit the nostalgia, since I remember watching this soap opera  when I was 11 years old, so re watching it now as an adult was really moving and enriching, because I could catch a lot of the messages I missed as a kid. 

Also watching this as an adult and a writer made me realize how good and perfect this soap opera is, because it is neatly written, the plot is engaging from beginning to end, and the writers or producers made sure to chain all events from the first episode to the last, so it’s really a masterpiece! And it shows because this soap opera has had a lot of remakes and it had won a lot of prices too. 

So, for me, despite I don’t watch much soap operas (funny since I do read a lot of novels), this is the best Soap Opera that exists, not only for the plot and how good it is, but for all the positive messages and lessons it has, which lead me to the question...

What did I learn from watching Yo soy Betty, la Fea? 

Well, as I just wrote, it has a lot of lessons, but the most important and relevant lesson I can pull from it it’s about self love, and how our physical appearance reflects our thoughts and the appreciation we have of ourselves. 

Because Betty was only ugly because she believed she was ugly, so she didn’t care to take care of her appearance due to the fact that she was so stuck on her perception that she was ugly that she never felt deserving of being “beauty” or appreciated by others. And it is not until she starts realizing her worth and that the limitations of her physical appearance were only in her mind, that she begins her transformation into the secure, strong and beautiful woman that was lost under her ugly appearance.

And now that I writing this words and thinking about it, I guess we can say this soap opera is the 2000s adaptation of the ugly duckling fairy tale, but it shows more how being called “ugly” and “undeserving” can scar our life if we took that words into our mental programming and make them part of our beliefs. 

That’s why it’s so important to have a positive and open attitude in life and a good perception of ourselves and our worth, because we will only accept what we think we deserve.

Unfortunately, Yo Soy Betty, La Fea It’s not available Netflix USA or Canada, despite I watched it on Netflix Latinoamérica, so I don’t where you can watch it, but I’m sure that there might be a streaming service that should have it subbed or dubbed, since this is the best soap opera of all times! 

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2 comments:

  1. In netflix Latin America does it have english subtitles?
    Do you know any site where I can watch it with english subtitles? Thanks.

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    1. I tried to look up, but I didn’t find any trusted platform, that’s why I didn’t put a link on the post, and also since I am in Latin America, most of the results pointed to Netflix, since it’s available here.

      Maybe if you google it you’ll get better results than me because google identifies your location and provide the best results for you.

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