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19 Iconic Lessons Britney Spears Taught Us About Life

You better work, bitch.

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1. That "not a child, not an adult" feeling you have in your early twenties is completely real and valid.

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You used to think you had the answers to everything, but now you know life doesn't always go your way.

5. You're stronger than yesterday.

It's not exactly a secret that Britney had a rough go of it in the mid-'00s. Her life spun out of control in such a spectacularly public way that the Associated Press had an obituary prepared, just in case. Flashforward to today: Britney is happy, healthy, and holding it down in Vegas. Moral of the story? She's a survivor and you are too.

7. Related: Men can, frankly, suck a fucking toe.

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Especially the assholes poor Britney keeps ending up with.

8. Books are the best company.

Did you know the legendary Ms. Britney Spears is an avid reader? She's regularly photographed by the paparazzi with a book in hand and in 2008 she told Glamour magazine that her idea of perfect night is "staying in bed and watching Dancing With the Stars or reading a Danielle Steel novel."

10. There's nothing more powerful than dancing out your feelings.

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"Sometimes you don't need to use words to go through what you need to go through," Britney explained in the 2008 documentary, Britney: For The Record. "Sometimes it's an emotion that you need to feel when you dance, that you touch on and the only way you can touch it is if you move a certain way."

14. You'll be remembered for your successes, not your failures.

Yeah, Britney totally biffed her performance at the 2007 VMAs, but who cares when she slayed it in 2000, 2001, and 2003? That's what you think of when you think of Britney in the '00s.

15. The phrase "if you seek amy" is a perfect phonetic substitution for "f-u-c-k me."

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This was an important linguistics discovery for middle-schoolers everywhere.

16. Instagram is more fun when you aren't using it to fake a perfect life.

While a healthy percentage of Instagrammers stage and filter their photos into perfect vignettes, Britney's Instagram is a delightfully weird mess. She prefers goofy memes and poorly lit selfies to professional-looking portraits. Instead of trying to present her life as magazine-ready, she just seems documenting her interests, which, honestly, seems like a much healthier approach.

19. You better work, bitch.

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You want a hot body? You want a Bugatti? You want a Maserati? You better work, bitch. You want a Lamborghini? Sip martinis? Look hot in a boo-kini? You better work, bitch. You wanna live fancy? Live in a big mansion? Party in France? You get the idea.