Love Island had us glued to our screens, watching in awe as fights broke out, gossip went around, and the cast did silly things to make us giggle. But at the end of the season, we parted a whole lot wiser!
Love Island is a vacation made for falling in love and hoping to make some money while doing so! But the cast of January 2019 had touched our hearts and left a lasting impression because of the trials they’ve faced inside the villa.
There were so many themes that came to light, but a few lessons were to be learned from their experiences. Here are ten life lessons from Love Island.
1. Prioritize Your Mental Health
Curtis and Amy’s split was heartbreaking to watch, but it was her decision to leave the villa that was brave! She realized that it wouldn’t be fair on herself to watch the person she seen a future with making an effort elsewhere.
She may have ignored the signs and convinced herself of his empty words that their relationship was real. But her decision to not fight and let him be was a brave one that not many can make.
If someone’s presence is adding to your suffering and taking a toll on your mental health, it’s best to move on. Sticking around will just put you through unnecessary pain that could be detrimental to your mental health.
2. Cheating Isn’t Something To Be Proud Of
We all know how much cheating can change a person; they question their self-worth and destroy them as a person. When you have someone’s trust like Jordan did the night he asked Anna to be his girlfriend; you should respect it.
Instead, he went and betrayed her trust by confessing his love for another just a day later! You might think it brave to confess your love for someone, but at least have the decency to break it off with your current partner.
3. Being Sex-Positive Isn’t An Invitation To Sex
We all seen the disrespect Maura faced from Tom, but good on her for putting her foot down and not tolerating it! Maura had been sex-positive throughout the show, but talking about sex is not an invitation!
Maura showed Tom how much she was “all mouth” by telling him off for his sexist remarks! This moment is one for the history books and made Maura a Love Island Icon!
4. Don’t Ignore Gaslighting
Gaslighting is a phrase used to describe when someone manipulates you to change your perception of events. Michael seemed to be a master at this technique, which is how he justified coupling up with Joanna in Casa Amor.
We all watched the situation unfold on our TV screens, and he still had the audacity to convince her that she was being “childish!” Gaslighting should never be ignored because it can damage a person’s trust!
5. Stuffed Animals Make Moments Memorable
Elly Belly stole the show, and Tommy Fury stole our hearts with the immense adoration he had for Molly-Mae’s teddy bear. During the entire Casa Amor experience, he held onto the bear and remembered her.
Elly also asked Molly to be Tommy’s girlfriend, on his behalf, of course! It goes to show that incorporating your partner’s toys into memorable moments can drive up the romance factor!
6. Ovie Over Everyone
Ovie Soko, the man of every girl’s dreams, came onto the show parading his hats around the villa. His laid-back energy is what everyone kept him around for, and he also provided support to fan-favorite Amber!
While the world watched and tried to math Amber and Ovie together, their hearts went in different directions. But his energy kept him a villa and fan favorite and almost got him to the finish line!
7. Nice Guys
Curtis had us questioning nice guys like him when he broke Amy’s heart. It wasn’t clear to see his intentions with Amy even we were duped, but it left us questioning if nice guys do have the best intentions.
8. An Ego Can Ruin A Relationship
We watched Michael’s outburst with Amber over a tweet that said that she was the one wearing the trousers in the relationship. It shows that if you let what other people say interfere with your relationship, maybe you shouldn’t be in one.
9. Call Out The BS
It can be difficult to call out the BS when you see it, especially if you’re afraid of ruining friendships and being stuck in a villa where everyone is free game. But it’s important to call out injustice when you see it.
Ovie and Greg are the BS police and asked Jordan what he was thinking when he decided to confess his love for India after asking Anna to be his girlfriend. Everyone knew it was a stupid move, but Ovie and Greg called Jordan out on it!
10. Being Sensitive Isn’t Something To Be Ashamed Of
Many of the Islanders showed us their sensitive side, whether it was because they were saying goodbye, or romantically preparing a tea for their loved one. Both men and women showed us how easy it is to show someone that you care about them.
Although some experiences weren’t the happiest, we got to admire and learn from them as they grew and made their mistakes throughout the show. We’re glad we got to watch their Love Island experience!
Dr Saadiqah Hajat