Thursday, January 20, 2011

I just pretend that I'm Carrie and life is good

 Since winter break, my roommates and I have been on a Sex and the City marathon. We began watching it over snow days and then, of course, couldn’t stop. I have probably seen the entire series 5 or 6 times, but I find that every year or two, I have to see it all again. Each time I watch it, I take something different from the series. This time has been particularly been relevant as, though I am not in my thirties, I am for the first time a single girl living and working on my own. My friends are also beginning to get married (and distant friends are starting families), which I think is always an exciting but odd time in a single person's life. So I find a lot of their relationship issues and the questions of being ok as single or wanting a relationship (and the issues that come up as we get older and try to find our place in life) are particularly enlightening and things I identify with. Is marriage all it’s cracked up to be? Is all the hassle worth it? Am I ok being on my own or do I have to have a family to be fulfilled? Is everyone moving forward while I am being left behind? It is silly to say, but the series causes me to think about a lot of issues and is a nice comfort in my life. It is also fun and funny with great quotes and lines. Here are some of my favs…

“Think about it. If you are single, after graduation there isn’t one occasion where people celebrate you … Hallmark doesn’t make a “congratulations, you didn’t marry the wrong guy” card. And where’s the flatware for going on vacation alone?"

Carrie: “Your girl is lovely, Hubbell.”
Mr. Big: “I don’t get it.”
Carrie: “And you never did.”

“The most important thing in life is your family. There are days you love them, and others you don’t. But, in the end, they’re the people you always come home to. Sometimes it’s the family you’re born into and sometimes it’s the one you make for yourself.”

“Later that day I got to thinking about relationships. There are those that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that's just fabulous.”

Charlotte: “Is it safe to buy pot from strangers?”
Carrie: “They’re not strangers. They’re our new friends with pot.”

“Maybe mistakes are what make our fate... without them what would shape our lives? Maybe if we had never veered off course we wouldn't fall in love, have babies, or be who we are. After all, things change, so do cities, people come into your life and they go. But it's comforting to know that the ones you love are always in your heart... and if you're very lucky, a plane ride away”

“Some people are settling down, some people are settling, and some people can’t settle for anything less than the butterflies.”
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