It is with some trepidation and mortification that I admit to you all: I just finished watching the entirety of Girls. And I liked it. (I realize that I am very late to the party on this one. I'm a resident. Sue me.)
In a way, the show made me feel better about things that have happened to me over the course of my post-college life. Topics that resonated with me (probably unsurprisingly) included:
- The fading of college friendships as interests diverge.
- Not knowing what you want to do with your life.
- Figuring out what you want to do with your life, and realizing that the process is going to be long and onerous. For everyone.
- Failing, and picking yourself back up again. Repeatedly.
- Having things go well in one part of your life, only to be disrupted by things going badly in another part of your life.
- The general intolerance of people for whom things are going well (currently) of other people who are having a hard time.
I guess it made me feel less alone, and that there's something to be said for the struggle. In a way, that's really all there is.
I think liking this show is not something I'm supposed to admit.... like it means that I am a narcissistic whiny lazy POS who just looks for excuses for my personal failures.
Even if you think that every character on that show is an asshole, or that if you can identify with the show in any way you must be one too, the bottom line is that in some way, we're all assholes. Even if you won't admit it to yourself. Maybe even especially then.