Happy Wednesday Everybody!
For today’s post, I am going to take a break from my usual Mean Girls theme to honor the 20th Anniversary of Sex and The City!! I can’t believe the first episode aired on June 6, 1998! I was only 13 years old at the time. My family didn’t have HBO so I learned about the show from tv and magazines. After the first couple seasons, I got curious. Wanting to see what the fuss was about I did something unthinkable today…. I rented the DVD’s at BLOCKBUSTER!!
Poor Blockbuster…. I enjoyed many movies and TV series thanks to that relic. Now I rely on Hulu and Netflix like everyone else. It’s amazing how things have changed since the show aired. Remember the episode where Carrie doesn’t want to get email but finally does so she can reach out to Aidan?? It’s pretty surprising considering she was a writer regularly shown on her laptop in the series. If the show was produced today, would she still have a newspaper column or would she be a blogger? Even newspaper are going the way of the dinosaur these days. Eventually she ends up with a cellphone but not a smart phone. At her wedding she can’t figure out how to use Samantha’s iPhone to call Big. Funny how Carrie was so ahead of the curve with fashion but proudly behind it with technology.
What I remember most about the show was how it focused on the friendship of these four very different women. The men they dated came and went, but their friendship was the lasting bond. We saw them grow and shift in their careers, negotiate pre-nups and divorces, become mothers and caretakers to elderly parents, and even become dog moms. It really was the fullest, most varied picture of what a woman’s life could be at that point. I loved when Charlotte said, “Maybe we could be each other’s soul mates. And then we could let men be just these great nice guys to have fun with.” Two lines spoke volumes.
It may sound silly to say a TV show has impacted my life but this one has. As a single woman in my early 30’s I often get asked, “Don’t you want to get married?” Or, “What about kids?” Sometimes those questions get to me a little and I wonder, am I behind? Should I be making an effort to find a relationship and start a family? Who is going to take care of me when I’m old? But then I remember, Charlotte married both of her husbands in her 30’s, Miranda was also in her 30’s when she got pregnant out of wedlock and didn’t marry Steve until years later. Carrie finally married Big in her 40’s. And Samantha loved Smith, but loved herself more. There’s no one way to be happy and there’s no one way to build a life. I love being on my own. I don’t feel anything is missing in my life. As for who is going to take care of me when I’m old, my friends will. Or I’ll hire someone since surely my focus on work will pay off in the end. Like Carrie said, “Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with them.”
I hope you all get a chance to take a stroll down memory lane with some Sex and The City reruns today. Most of all, I hope you have great friends to support you as you build a life that is yours. I know I do.