What GIRLS Teaches Us About Girls
It’s happened to all of us. Your girlfriend says, “You should watch GIRLS. It’s our generation’s Sex in the City.” Ben & Jerry’s and spoon in hand, you sit down in front of your laptop, eager to see if this crew can live up to Carrie and the gang. Within a few moments, at least one naked body is up-close-and-personal and you find yourself thinking, “What have I gotten myself into?”
Twenty-nine minutes pass and you just let it keep happening. The ice cream is almost gone, and you feel that your stomach and heart are simultaneously becoming full. You’re falling in love with Hannah, Marnie, Jessa, Shoshanna, the whining, the drama, and the daring lizard crop tops. You just can’t stop. You love them because it’s like watching the twisted version of your life and the characters just keep doing all of the ridiculous things you wish you could. Better yet, in a way that’s as mysterious as what is under Laird’s beanie, GIRLS holds true to its name and teaches us about friendship.
We’ve all had a Marnie in our life. The beautiful, too-good-at-everything-to-be-true friend. She’s the friend that’s straightforward no matter what and will honestly answer the question, “How do I look?” Sometimes, she tells you what to do and more often than not, you find yourself doing it.
What she teaches us about friendship: Despite her tendency to share her opinion, your “Marnie” genuinely needs and wants your advice, too. Marnie reminds us that what we give is what we take and to stay constant to the friends that have stuck with us the longest.
Oh Jessa, the friend that marches to the beat of her own drum. You’ve got at least one of those friends whose current location is TBD, at least until someone says the word party. Although her elusiveness can be hurtful, she offers quality companionship when times are hard. She may never ditch the boho-aura, but your Jessa will eventually learn what’s important.
What she teaches us about friendship: Be patient, let loose sometimes, and go for that audacious crimson lipstick. After all, life is short, so enjoy the friendships, things, and places that send you good vibes!
Shoshanna Shapiro. Although you probably can’t say that five times fast…she can. The bumblebee of a friend that always chats your ear off, Shoshanna comes with Louis Vuitton satchels full of drama and gossip, often too much baggage to handle. Just when you think you cannot hear anything else about who cheated with whom, she reminds you just how much ambition she has. She pays attention to every detail because she really does care.
What she teaches us about friendship: The Shoshannas in our lives remind us that even though girls can be catty, they can be strong, persuasive, commanding, compelling, and powerful, too.
Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. Hannah, Hannah, Hannah. It’s all about Hannah sometimes. Hannah can come off as whiny and self-involved, but her character reaches something true at the core of all of us. She displays an overwhelming dedication to her art, often going to extreme means to preserve the sanctity of her profession as a writer.
What she teaches us about friendship: It’s okay to eat yogurt every meal for a week if it’s for passion’s sake and that some days are meant to stay in bed bra-less, doing what you love.
The lesson here? Though we have flaws, there’s something unique and special that make us each a brilliant woman and friend. So next time you see your Marnie, Jessa, Shosh, or Hannah, remind her what a boss she is.
Who run the world? GIRLS.
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